ANA Introduces Virtual Reality Safety Training to Improve
Risk Prediction and Work Safety


  • •The VR training will equip ANA's mechanics to react in real-life scenarios.
  • •Innovative technology will help ANA continue to improve its outstanding safety record.

TOKYO, Feb. 26, 2020 - All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan's largest and 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, will be introducing virtual reality (VR) training designed to help its mechanics identify and predict future risks as well as to improve safety in all aspects of aircraft operation. This announcement is the latest installment in ANA's legacy of harnessing innovative technology to enhance training for its employees, including the use of advanced VR systems to train flight attendants. ANA's new VR Safety Training System will use 3-D simulations of work environments to create real-world scenarios based on common work-related accidents.

"Safety has always been a top priority for ANA, and incorporating the latest VR technology into our training procedures is the next step in creating a safer environment for our employees," said Tatsuhiko Mitsukura, Executive Vice President of ANA. "Time and time again, we have embraced advanced technology to train our employees because we believe that it is important to remain at the cutting edge when it comes to safety."

Workers participating in the VR training program will actively participate in a series of narrated simulations, following instructions while performing a range of basic safety actions. If any mistakes are made, trainees will experience sensory cues and will be prompted to review their actions so that they are able to understand the precise nature of their mistakes. This process of immersive learning will better prepare ANA mechanics to react in real-life scenarios.

The VR Safety Training System is part of ANA's fundamental commitment to providing safe, quality and comfortable air travel. Innovation is a fundamental part of ANA's outlook, and the airline will continue to implement the latest technological advancements to improve every aspect of the air travel experience.

Contact: ANA Corporate Communications, TEL +81-3-6735-1111, publicrelations@ana.co.jp

About ANA
Following the "Inspiration of Japan" high quality of service, ANA has been awarded the respected 5-Star rating every year since 2013 from SKYTRAX. ANA is the only Japanese airline to win this prestigious designation seven years in a row. Additionally, ANA has been recognized by Air Transport World as "Airline of the Year" three times in the past 10 years - 2007, 2013 and 2018, becoming one of the few airlines winning this prestigious award for multiple times.

ANA was founded in 1952 with two helicopters and has become the largest airline in Japan, as well as one of the most significant airlines in Asia, operating 78 international routes and 118 domestic routes. ANA offers a unique dual hub model which enables passengers to travel to Tokyo and connect through the two airports in the metropolitan Tokyo, NARITA and HANEDA, to various destinations throughout Japan, and also offers same day connections between various North American, Asian and Chinese cities.

ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint venture partnerships with United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines.

In addition to the full service and award-winning record of ANA, the ANA Group's subsidiary Peach Aviation Limited is the leading LCC in Japan, and has expanded following the integration of Vanilla Air Inc. in late 2019. The ANA Group carried 54.4 million passengers in FY2018, has approximately 43,000 employees and a fleet of 260 aircraft. ANA is a proud launch customer and the biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

For more information, please refer to the following link.
https://www.ana.co.jp/group/en/