ANA announces new head of Americas operations

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has appointed a new head of its operations in the Americas. Hideki Kunugi will assume the post of Senior Vice President, the Americas, effective April 1.

Hideki Kunugi
As holder of the highest executive position in the U.S., Kunugi will lead a team of more than 200 staff, responsible for all marketing, sales, airport operations, reservations and cargo services for the airline.

Hideki Kunugi has been an integral part of the success of ANA worldwide,” Osamu Shinobe, President & CEO of ANA said in a statement announcing Kunugi’s promotion. “While working in procurement, he drove the introduction of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and established ANA as the first and biggest operator of the state-of-the-art aircraft. As head of the Americas, we are confident that Kunugi-san will lead ANA to new growth, and greater customer satisfaction.”

Previously, Kunugi was the Vice President of Purchasing for ANA.

First ANA Dreamliner to arrive in Seattle
With a history of pushing innovative reforms during his tenure at ANA, Kunugi was also part of the team that first opened relations with United Airlines and Lufthansa to begin code-sharing agreements. He also restructured the procurement process for the entire airline, implementing a standardized and streamlined system to increase quality control to new heights, the airline said.

Kunugi’s first public engagement in his new capacity will be attending and supporting ANA’s title sponsorship as the official airline of the LPGA and the newly named ‘ANA Inspiration’, the tour’s first and longest running major tournament which will run through April 5, 2015 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

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Kunugi photo courtesy ANA
Dreamliner photo by Carl Dombek