New York’s best ramen noodles to be served on board ANA

TOKYO — ANA, Japan’s largest airline, announces that it will offer Ramen dishes developed exclusively for ANA by Hakata IPPUDO, the famous ramen noodle chain based in Kyushu, Japan, on Saturday June 1, 2013.

The noodles will be available as one of the light meal choices for First Class and Business Class passengers on ANA international flights.

Hakata IPPUDO is operated and managed by Chikaranomoto Company Co., Ltd.

Hakata IPPUDO sparked the Japanese-style ramen boom and is famous for pioneering the launch of Japanese ramen restaurants overseas, in countries, including New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Hakata IPPUDO is one of Japan’s most popular restaurants and has received much acclaim overseas, with excellent reviews and long waiting lists for its restaurants.

ZAGAT New York ranked Hakata IPPUDO as 1st (2011) and 2nd (2012) in its noodle restaurants category.

Shoyu (soy sauce) soup ramen, named “Furusato,” will be offered on North America routes, while Tonkotsu (pork) soup ramen, named “Sora-ton,” will be available on Europe routes.

North America routes FURUSATO - Enjoy a relaxing moment savoring Chinese noodles with that familiar soy sauce flavor.

Available to First and Business Class passengers on Japan-North America flights (excluding Honolulu routes).

Europe routes SORA-TON - Tonkotsu in the Skies - Enjoy the harmony of a rich broth, ultra-thin noodles and flavored oil.

Available to First and Business Class passengers on Japan-Europe flights.

About ANA

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the eighth largest airline in the world by revenues (2011) and the largest in Japan by passenger numbers (2012).

Founded in 1952, ANA flies today to 31 international destinations and 50 domestic cities with a fleet of 232 aircraft serving a network of 175 routes.

ANA has 14,000 employees.

In 2012, it carried 45 million passengers and generated revenues of $15.8 bn.

ANA has been a core member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes.

Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 24 million members.

ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazines, and was awarded five stars by the world's leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX.

ANA is the launch customers and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.