All Nippon Airways supports country-wide effort to teach practical English to students in preparation for expected 40 million visitors in 2020

  • To prepare for an anticipated 40 million visitors per year, ANA is teaming up with the Tokyo Global Gateway to help create the “Airport Zone,” which will allow students to learn English by role-playing as passengers
  • The country-wide effort will create a more welcoming environment for tourists from around the world

TOKYO, 2018-Jul-25 — /Travel PR News/ — All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest 5-Star airline for six consecutive years, is supporting a country-wide effort to teach practical English to students in order to prepare for the expected 40 million visitors in 2020. The Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education is launching the Tokyo Global Gateway (TGG), a large-scale education project that hopes to increase students’ proficiency in the English language to create a more welcoming experience for visitors. The facility will open on September 6, 2018.

“ANA is honored to be a part of the country’s mission to create a welcoming destination for all visitors,” said Yutaka Ito, Executive Vice President of ANA. “2020 will be a year to show the world our country’s proud history and traditions, while learning more about different cultures. The first step in this process is teaching a generation how to communicate with our guests visiting Japan.”

At the TGG, elementary, junior high, and high school students will have an opportunity to use and practice practical English. As a result of this program, Japan will have a generation who can easily communicate and foster relationships with people from different cultures around the world.

The facility is divided into two areas; “Attraction Area” and “Active Immersion Area.” Inside the “Attraction Area”, where the students can experience how they can use English in their daily lives, there are “Airport Zone,” “Hotel Zone,” “Travel Zone,” and “Campus Zone.” The “Active Immersion Area” is where students conduct group work in English.

ANA is sponsoring the “Airport Zone” where students will be able to role-play as passengers and talk to “flight attendants,” who are instructors hired by TGG, using scripts made with help from ANA. ANA will also provide the facility with real airplane seats, drink carts, and uniforms for instructors.

“ANA is dedicated to expanding and enhancing tourism to Japan,” said Ito. “By working with the TGG, we are helping not only to teach students English, but provide them with the opportunity to practice the language. In turn, this will better prepare them to communicate and learn from future visitors.”

ANA will continue to support citizens in Japan to enhance their communication skills with tourists from around the world, and have the visitors feel heartwarming Japanese hospitality.

About ANA

Following the “Inspiration of Japan” high quality of service, ANA has been awarded the respected 5-Star rating from SKYTRAX for six consecutive years starting in 2013. 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 85 international routes and 119 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.

Besides the full service and award winner carrier ANA, the ANA Group has two LCCs as consolidated subsidiaries, Vanilla Air Inc. and Peach Aviation Limited. The ANA Group carried 53.8 million passengers in FY2017, has approximately 39,000 employees and a fleet of 260 aircraft. ANA is a proud launch customer and the biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.


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