History: At the end of World War II, all private companies in Japan were banned from operating any aircraft under command of Allied Powers. Two years later, after the ban was lifted, Japan Helicopter Transport (ANA's predecessor) become the first privately run air transport company in Japan in 1952 starting with just two helicopters. Ten years later with a spirit of integrity and independence the operator started flights with the YS-11, which was launch customer, the first post-war domestically made passenger aircraft. In March 1958, Far East Airlines merged with Nippon Helicopter and Aeroplane. The name of the resulting company became All Nippon Airways.
In the following decade, ANA grew steadily, adding Vickers Viscounts, Fokker F27s to its fleet and introducing jet services in 1965, thanks to the Boeing 727.On local routes, the Convair 440 was replaced with the home-grown YS-11 in 1965. ANA had suffered a blockage to operate international flights until in 1971, ANA's first international flight took off, connecting Tokyo to Hong Kong. Boeing 747s joined the fleet in 1978, and Boeing 767s were introduced five years later.
Later flights started to Shanghai after diplomatic relation with China normalised. Finally after 10 years the dream came true to operate regular international flights with services from Tokyo to Guam in 1985.Soon after from 1987 long haul flights were launched to New York, Paris, Sydney, Seoul and London.
ANA joined the Star Alliance in October 1999.In August 2009, thanks to an agreement between ANA and Mori Building City Air Services, ANA First Class passengers arriving back in Tokyo were offered a complimentary luxury helicopter ride from Narita Airport to the heart of Tokyo in just 30 minutes.
In November 2009, ANA announced the launch of exciting new products and services under the original brand concept “Inspiration of Japan,” starting from 2010, on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, beginning on routes between Tokyo and North America and Europe. On September 9, 2010, ANA and First Eastern Investment Group, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement to establish the first Japanese low-cost airline. The new company will operate both international and domestic short-haul routes out of Osaka's Kansai International Airport. The new airline, Vanilla Air, started to operate, independently from ANA, in March 2012. In September 2010, ANA ordered a total of 55 Dreamliner. The 787-9 aircraft is an extended body version of the 787-8 model, appropriate for long-haul international routes, mid and short-haul. The aircraft will also meet the increasing need for 400 seat-capacity aircraft for domestic routes. On July 25, 2011, ANA operated its first revenue flight of the Boeing 787-800 as an international charter flight from Narita Airport to Hong Kong.
Currently ANA and it's parent company ANA Holdings, enjoy good company revenues and being one of the most respected and biggest companies in Japan with big importance in the media and social networks.It's received the highest 5-star ranking from 2013-2016 by SKYTRAX, among other industry awards. It prides it self in passenger service, hospitality, punctuality, advanced technology usage and energy savings initiatives to stand out and grow as the leading company in Japan.