ANA Launches SAF Flight Initiative to Promote
Sustainability and Reduced CO2 Emissions

  • • Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel is key to reducing emissions associated with air transportation
  • • In September, ANA conducted the first SAF-powered cargo flight with leading logistics companies in Japan

TOKYO, Oct. 14, 2021 - All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan's largest and 5-Star airline for nine consecutive years, is proud to launch "SAF Flight Initiative", a new and dedicated program to reduce CO2 emissions. Designed to promote Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) by collaborating with leading companies in this area, the program is the latest effort by ANA to decrease its carbon footprint and adhere to the guidelines established by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as meet ANA Group's environmental commitments announced in April 2021. The SAF Flight Initiative builds on ANA's past work in this area and aims to work with leading partners across a range of industries, supporting their efforts to reduce emissions in the value chains as well as to expand the production and use of SAF.
Nippon Express Co., Ltd., Kintetsu World Express, Inc. and Yusen Logistics Co., Ltd. have announced that they will participate in the SAF Flight Initiative, a sign of the increasing appeal of SAF in the aviation industry. ANA conducted a SAF-powered cargo flight with these three major logistics and cargo companies on September 29, the first flight by a Japanese airline to conduct a joint operation using SAF.

"ANA has long been a leader in advancing sustainability in the airline industry, and this fuel initiative further demonstrates our ability to meet the demands of society. As SAF will play a major role in reducing carbon emissions, we will continue looking for ways to accelerate its adoption," said Yuji Hirako, President & Chief Executive Officer of ANA. "At ANA, we recognize that preserving our environment requires that we build broad coalitions committed to achieving a common goal, and we will continue to work with partners to help them reduce their carbon footprint in line with our own ambitious targets."
ANA is following the standards initially outlined in the GHG Protocol which requires companies to reduce all emissions, even those which are indirectly generated from activities outside of their core business. As a leader in the transportation industry, ANA will look for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of its business activities as well as the emissions that occur through its partnerships.
In addition to the programs for logistics and freight customers, we will also expand the offering for our corporate customers to include more companies in the program. Currently, disclosure of the impact of climate change on business performance is becoming mandatory in many countries around the world, and non-financial information on how companies are fulfilling their social responsibilities is increasingly being treated as a condition when making investment decisions. On the other hand, as an island nation, aviation is a very important means of travel and transportation for Japanese companies that can affect their competitiveness in the international community. We will continue to work together with our customers to provide services to meet their needs in raising their sustainability efforts.

As ANA launches the SAF Flight Initiative in advance of COP26 in November 2021, we will continue to cooperate with companies that are working to reduce emissions across their value chains and is committed to promoting the expanded use of SAF as it builds a coalition of companies that are contributing to decrease their carbon footprints.

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About ANA
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. 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.

In 2021, ANA was awarded the 5-star COVID-19 safety rating by SKYTRAX, recognizing the airline's initiatives to provide a safe, clean and hygienic environment at airports and aboard aircraft, embodied in the ANA Care Promise.

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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