All Nippon Airways CEO Mr Yuji Hirako thanked the Irish travel trade for their support as the Japanese carrier was named Airline of the Year at a global awards ceremony.
The Air Transport World ceremony is regarded by many in the industry as the most prestigious in aviation, and Ireland hosted this year’s ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards for the first time.First established in 1974, the top prize has been won by American Airlines and Etihad Airways in recent years.
Alan Sparling, the GSA for All Nippon Airways in Ireland, was joined by senior executives from the airline at the awards in Dublin’s Mansion House.
Mr Hirako, head of Japan’s largest and only five-star carrier, thanked the trade here and said “ANA help travellers experience new levels of luxury, humanity and service no matter who they are or where they sit on an ANA flight.”
ANA flights from Dublin are available with their Joint Venture partner Lufthansa, via Germany to Japan, and the airline has ramped up its presence in the Irish market ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup in the country.