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anaseatanaplaneanaengine  My seminar students and I went to the ANA maintenance center in Haneda on Monday.  As I love planes and flying, I was very much looking forward to the opportunity. (As I served on the advisory board of ANA and interviewed recently for their internal bulletin, LINKS, they invited me to the tour.  I asked my seminar students who said they would like to come with me.)

  The tour is open to the public and is VERY popular.  It consists of the interactive session organized very well and the tour itself.  (You can see three of us trying the business class seats.)  They explained different types of models, of maintenance work, how the design of the planes has changed –such as the extensive use of carbon fiber, etc.  The visitors (there were quite a few of us–including the high school students and other groups) were engaged to participate in trying the life jacket on, comparing the weights of new materials with the old ones, etc.   They demonstrated the experiment to show why the planes fly. (I had NO Idea!)

  The latter half was the tour itself. We went to see how the planes are maintained.  The place is huge as it can accommodate seven planes!  When you see the planes so close, you realize how huge each one is! (You can see how small I look!)  It was so much fun to see it.

 After the tour, they took us to the power plant maintenance center.  It is new, open, and very nice. I was fascinated as I realized how complicated the maintenace work for engines is.  (See the photo of all of us in front of the engine!)  It is nice to visit these places and see ourselves.

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    • Jukka
    • April 19th, 2010

    Dear Yoko,
    Interesting post! I am here in Tokyo and newer know when get back to Europe.
    I try to find with google some info about ANA Maintenance visit, but I didn’t found. You said it is open for public. Where I can book ANA maintenance tour? I really like to visit there. I love airplanes and at the moment I do not have anything to do.

    • Yoko Ishikura
    • April 22nd, 2010

    Dear Jukka san, this is Yoko Ishikura. Thanks for your comment and question.
    My apology for late response. I suspect that you have been stranded due to the flight disruption in Europe because of volcano?

    If that is the case, this reply may be too late, but here it is.
    It turns out that ANA’s website related to the visit is in Japanese only. For your info. http://www.ana.co.jp/cp/kengaku/index.html

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