In the latest Skytrax Airline Star Rating review, Japan's largest airline, ANA All Nippon Airways has been elevated to the exclusive 5-Star Airline Rating, a development said to reflect the quality of airport and onboard product and service standards of ANA All Nippon Airways.
The top-tier 5-Star Rating is only awarded to airlines achieving the highest quality performance, as it focuses on the airline's ability to deliver this on a consistent basis. ANA becomes the seventh member of a select group of 5-Star Airlines, joining Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Hainan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the eighth largest airline in the world by revenues (in 2011) and the largest in Japan by passenger numbers (also in 2011). Founded in 1952, it flies to 80 domestic and international cities in a fleet of 233 aircraft serving a network of 171 routes. ANA has been a core member of Star Alliance since 1999 and launched a joint-venture with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes in April 2011; ANA launched a joint-venture with Lufthansa on Japan-Europe routes in October 2011. ANA has more than 24 million members belong to its Frequent Flyer Program (ANA Mileage Club).