World-renowned architect Kengo Kuma to supervise
redesign of ANA's domestic lounges
TOKYO, February 21, 2017 - ANA, Japan's largest airline, has appointed famed architect Kengo Kuma http://kkaa.co.jp/ to oversee the design of its ANA SUITE LOUNGEs and ANA LOUNGEs for domestic flights at a number of airports in Japan. .
The overall design concept of the new lounges is "Ichigo ichie"(Treasure every encounter as if it were once in a lifetime) . This concept is based on the Japanese saying with a new interpretation. ANA will create a space embodying its trademark hospitality that blends Japan's 'history of beauty' with refined designs and bring a 'sparkling moment in time' for each of our customers.
The project begins with New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, Hokkaido, scheduled to be completed this fall. The themes are "door to the sky" and "space enfolded in wings."
In addition, starting in FY2018 onwards, Mr. Kuma will supervise the renovation of the ANA SUITE LOUNGE and ANA LOUNGE for domestic flights at Fukuoka Airport, Osaka Itami Airport and Okinawa Airport. ANA also plans to have Mr. Kuma oversee the design of future in-flight products.
Contact: Wataru Yoshioka and Maho Ito, ANA Corporate Communications TEL +81-3-6735-1111
ANA is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 87 international routes and 114 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of about 260 aircraft. In FY2015, it carried 50.8 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.79 trillion Japanese yen. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999, and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes, and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 26 million members. ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazine, and in 2016 was awarded five stars for the fourth consecutive year by the world's leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.