|Commenced operations||10 October 1974|
|Ceased operations||1 April 2012 (merged into ANA)|
|Operating bases||Tokyo International Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||ANA Mileage Club|
|Alliance||Star Alliance (Affiliate)|
|Parent company||All Nippon Airways|
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A wholly owned subsidiary of All Nippon Airways (ANA), it mainly operated short routes and flights to isolated islands in support of ANA's domestic services. Its main base was Tokyo International Airport.
In April 2004, Air Nippon adopted ANA flight codes and numbers for all domestic services.
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The company was founded by ANA, Japan Airlines and TOA Domestic as Nippon Kinkyori Airways (日本近距離航空, Nippon Kinkyori Kōkū, lit. Japan Short-Distance Airline, NKK) in March 1974 and started operations on 10 October 1974. The name Air Nippon was adopted in 1987, and the abbreviation ANK comes from the full, somewhat redundant name Air Nippon Kabushiki kaisha (lit. Air Nippon joint stock corporation.).
As part of ANA's reorganisation, Air Nippon's domestic operations are being consolidated into the main airline. It had 12 Boeing 737-200 aircraft. ANA and Air Nippon used different liveries and IATA codes on domestic flights until April 2004, when Air Nippon adopted ANA livery and ANA flight numbers. As an ANA subsidiary, it is considered a full Star Alliance member. However, on Republic of China flights before April 2008, Air Nippon's IATA code EL was still used due to political reasons and these flights are not considered being Star Alliance flights.
In 2002 Air Nippon was headquartered on the 5th floor of the Utility Center Building (ユーティリティセンタービル, Yūtiriti Sentā Biru) by Tokyo International Airport in Ōta. Shiodome City Center, which became headquarters of Air Nippon and parent company ANA, opened in 2003.
The airline employed 1,686 staff (at March 2007). Until 2010, Air Nippon operated the wholly owned subsidiary airline Air Nippon Network operating feeder services; however, on 1 October 2010, Air Nippon Network was merged into ANA Wings.
On 1 April 2012, Air Nippon was merged to All Nippon Airways.
The Air Nippon fleet consisted of the following aircraft throughout operations:
|Boeing 737-200||11||1983||2000||126||Transferred from All Nippon Airways|
|Boeing 737-400||2||2000||2005||168||Transferred to Hokkaido International Airlines|
|Boeing 737-700ER||2||2007||2012||36||Operated as ANA Business Jet|
|Bombardier Dash 8-300||5||2001||2002||56||Transferred to Air Nippon Network|
|de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter||Unknown||1974||1994||10||Transferred to Air Hokkaido|
|NAMC YS-11||Unknown||1978||2003||Unknown||Transferred from All Nippon Airways|
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