All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest 5-Star airline, has unveiled a new campaign called ‘Japan Elevated’ aimed at affluent millennial international travellers.
In the lead up to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, ANA is aiming to deepen their commitment to the U.S. market and travellers. As well as reinforcing its image as a world leader for international travel.
The effort includes a series of 30 second, 15 second and 6 second videos. It will appear across a range of online media, created by VMLY&R New York, ANA’s U.S. agency of record.
“ANA is unique in the airline category, delivering an experience that brings people the fine quality of Japan in a way that is uniquely authentic and inspiring,” said Mika Hayama, Director, PR & Branding of the Americas. “Our flights give passengers a glimpse of the extraordinary by giving them the ability to experience Japan before they even arrive. We are excited to partner with VMLY&R to launch this campaign, which brings to life the dreamlike experience of travelling with ANA.”
The Japan Elevated campaign marks the first work for the brand from VMLY&R New York following winning the business in late 2017. Y&R picked up the account of the brand’s agency of record and have been working to grow All Nippon Airways (ANA) in the U.S. market via research and brand strategy in addition to creative development.
“Millennial travellers are a critical audience, and the U.S. is a new key market for ANA,” said Jason Xenopolous, North American chief creative officer, VMLY&R. “These types of travellers tend to enjoy authentic experiences. As a premium airline in Japan with #1 status, we wanted to help increase the awareness of ANA for Americans, so they look to select it for their next flight.”
VMLY&R’s creative and media teams seamlessly came together to collaborate on this campaign. The shop handled all media efforts to further drive awareness of ANA to their millennial target. Media partners include: Condé Nast Traveler, Expedia Group, Out Traveler, Matador Network, The Daily Podcast, The New York Times and iHeart Radio.
“The concept had me at “dream in the sky.” I am very selective with my choice in commercial projects…but it was great to work with a client and agency that were willing to push the commercial boundaries stylistically and keep the artistic integrity of the original concept,” said Phillipa Price, Director.
Price has been the visionary force behind music videos and live performances for Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Drake and Rhianna among many more including directing Rhianna and DJ Khaled’s show-stopping Grammy performance in 2018. Additionally, with a keen fashion focus, she created an editorial spread in Hunter Magazine and has worked with Stella McCartney on three unique campaigns for her line.
Today, ANA operates a modern fleet from 11 North American gateways, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Vancouver and Mexico City. ANA presents the most convenient trans-Pacific connections between North America, Japan, and every major city in Asia.