All Nippon Airways (ANA) recently celebrated its inaugural service from Mexico City to Tokyo with a water arch welcome, ribbon cutting and sake ceremony. The new flight to Mexico City marks ANA’s 42nd international destination in its network.
A member of the Star Alliance, ANA’s passengers can now travel directly between the two countries and allows customers to take advantage of ANA’s expanded network from Tokyo to other cities in Japan, as well as across Asia and other destinations.
The 169-seat Dreamliner 787-8 used for the flight was welcomed to the gate with an official water turret salute. The passenger plane includes 46 business class seats.
During the ceremony Hideki Kunugi, senior vice president for the Americas at ANA addressed the attendees, while additional remarks were given by Japan ambassador Akira Yamada, Mr. Jorge Romero, deputy general manager of Aviation Security, DGAC, Mr. Armando Subirats Simón, deputy general manager of operations of AICM, assistant secretary of Quality and Regulation of Tourism, Mr. Salvador Sanchez and secretary of tourism of Mexico City, Mr. Armando Lopez Cardenas.
The new route makes ANA the first international airline connecting Mexico and Japan through a direct, daily flight, Kunugi said. The new route will allow the airline to improve access between Asia and Latin America.
The remarks were followed by Koto and Shodo performances. To mark the new service attendees broke a sake barrel as part of a traditional Japanese ceremony.
As a member of the Star Alliance, ANA can offer its passengers an expanded network from Tokyo to other cities in Japan, as well as across Asia and beyond.