ANA HD President and CEO Awarded
France's Chevalier de la Legion of Honor

  • • Shinya Katanozaka received the honor, recognizing decades of work strengthening ties between Japan and France

TOKYO, October 14, 2021 - ANA HOLDINGS INC. (hereinafter "ANA HD") is proud to announce that Shinya Katanozaka, President and CEO of ANA HD, was awarded the prestigious Chevalier de la Legion of Honor from the French Republic, receiving this decoration at the French embassy from Philippe Setton, the French Ambassador to Japan on October 13. The award was presented in recognition of Katanozaka's legacy of contribution to the promotion of economic and cultural relations between Japan and France, and reflects the ANA Group's commitment to building stronger ties between the two countries through tourism, trade, and commerce.

"It is a tremendous honor to be named a Chevalier de la Legion of Honor, acknowledging the work to strengthen ties between France and Japan," said Shinya Katanozaka, President and CEO of ANA HD. "I am proud of the work that we have done over the past three decades to build a strong relationship with French passengers, businesses and the general public. I have always held a great affinity for the people and culture of France, and I look forward to building new bridges and deepening relationships between our two countries."

ANA has long had a close connection to France for more than three decades through both serving the country with passenger flights and partnerships with the French aviation industry that have been crucial to the airline's global success. The Tokyo-Paris route was launched on October 4, 1990, and in the following year, ANA became the first Japanese airline to utilize the Airbus A320 aircraft. In addition, ANA also added a custom set of three Airbus A380, assembled in Toulouse, to its fleet in 2019.

In addition to building strong business ties, the ANA Group has worked to foster cultural understanding between Japan and France. In November 2015, ANA Strategic Research Institute Co., Ltd., established a cooperative relationship with the European Center for Japanese Studies in Alsace (CEEJA), contributing to the strengthening of bilateral relations by organizing events in both France and Japan. Furthermore, ANA was a lead sponsor of the 2018 Japonism cultural expo, organizing Kabuki performances and providing a set number of air tickets.

The prestigious Legion of Honor was first created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte to recognize outstanding achievements in the fields of culture, science, industry, commerce, and creative activities. The Japan-France relationship is of great importance to the ANA Group, and ANA will continue seeking out opportunities to strengthen ties between the two countries.

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Founded in 1952 with just two helicopters, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has grown to become the largest airline in Japan. ANA HOLDINGS Inc. (ANA HD) was established in 2013 as the largest airline group holding company in Japan, comprising 71 companies including ANA and Peach Aviation, the leading LCC in Japan.

ANA is a launch customer and the largest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, making ANA HD the biggest Dreamliner owner in the world. In addition, ANA is the only airline in Japan to operate the Airbus A380. A member of Star Alliance since 1999, ANA has joint venture agreements with United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines - giving it a truly global presence.

The airline's legacy of superior service has helped it earn SKYTRAX's respected 5-Star rating every year since 2013, with ANA being the only Japanese airline to win this prestigious designation for nine consecutive years. ANA also has been recognized by Air Transport World as "Airline of the Year" three times (2007, 2013 and 2018); it is one of only a select few airlines to win this prominent award multiple times.

ANA is the only company in the aviation industry to receive the Gold Class distinction from the 2021 S&P Global Sustainability Awards and ANA HD has been selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index list for the fourth consecutive year and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index list for the fifth consecutive year.

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