Tuesday, April 4, 2017

ANA’s 5-Star SKYTRAX rating reconfirmed

Airline rating agency SKYTRAX has reconfirmed the 5-star rating of Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA) for the fifth consecutive year.

SKYTRAX, the world's leading airline and airport review specialists, has bestowed the distinguished honor on only eight other airlines in the world. ANA has the distinction as the only Japanese airline to earn the accolade.

ANA 787 Dreamliner
SKYTRAX awarded the top rating to ANA for the consistently high levels of service the airline provides to its customers, from check-in to arrival. It also recognizes that ANA strives to go the extra mile to continuously enhance its service quality as a global leading airline and meet the needs of its increasingly international customer base.

The carrier continues to open new international routes, positioning its wide-reaching international network as a core growth strategy. As it expands its business, the airline maintains its unwavering commitment to quality and Japanese hospitality with a personal touch, which helped the airline to maintain its 5-Star rating, the airline said in a statement acknowledging the honor.

Over the past year, ANA has carried out a number of new initiatives to further boost its services, including:
  • Renewed the check-in counter area of the South Wing Departure Lobby at Narita Airport (NRT) Terminal 1 to accommodate smoother access to each airline, and installed new, convenient and speedy automatic check-in machines.
  • At the Narita Airport ANA LOUNGE, the carrier started a special ‘Chef Service’ where the chefs prepare and directly serve customers nigiri-zushi (sushi prepared by hand) and other dishes. The service has earned exceptional reviews, particularly from international customers.
  • Renovated the Departure Lobby at Haneda Airport (HND)Terminal 2. In addition to color coding areas according to their functions, ANA installed an illustrated guide display that makes the lobby more efficient and easier to understand for customers requiring assistance, and for the growing number of tourists visiting Japan to easily connect to and from ANA’s domestic network.
    ANA Lounge at SEA
  • Deployed the ‘ANA Communication Board’, a specially-developed tablet device that can respond in 17 different languages, allowing greater support and clearer communication between ANA’s cabin crews and ground staff with international customers and those who require special care.
  • Introduced Japan’s first ‘Remote Sign-Language Interpretation Service’ at Haneda Airport to improve services for customers with hearing and speaking disabilities.
  • Launched Japan’s first ‘Universal Contents’ with subtitles and audio guides so that customers with hearing and/or visual disabilities can also enjoy the in-flight entertainment programs on international routes.
  • ANA became the first airline in Japan to receive the Airbus A320neo aircraft, and is operating it on short-haul international services. The Airbus A320neo family is a re-engine development of its A320 family of narrow-body airliners, with “neo” signifying a “new engine option.” Despite being narrow-body airliners, ANA’s A320neo are equipped with features previously limited to mid- and large-airplanes, such as in-flight internet service and personal monitors installed in every seat, including economy class.
  • ANA continues to improve training for its check-in counter and lounge staff to be able to most effectively communicate and adapt their services to best meet customer needs.
  • ANA continues to further refine the English communication abilities of its cabin crews, and is hiring more flight attendants from outside of Japan to enhance our interactions with global customers.

As a prestigious, globally-recognized international measure of quality and customer satisfaction, the SKYTRAX award plays an important role in ANA's business strategy to ensure its positioning as a globally leading airline, the carrier said.

ANA’s continuous investment in its network, aircraft and services is enabling the airline to capture the growing demand from international travelers, and ANA is committed to providing inspired service as well as safe, high-quality air travel to customers around the world.

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