All Nippon Airways is to work with Panasonic to test the latest generation of powered wheelchairs as part of a far-reaching plan to increase mobility and accessibility options at Narita Airport.
Incorporating robotic elements, these wheelchairs will be capable of navigating the airport independently, making them an ideal mobility solution for Japan’s growing population of senior citizens. ANA is constantly looking to innovate and provide the most advanced airport services, previously experimenting with autonomous towing tractors and other high-tech solutions.
In order to meet the demands of the growing passenger figures at the international hub, and to keep Narita Airport operating at the highest level, ANA Narita Airport Service is teaming with Panasonic to run trials on new power wheelchairs which boast tracking capabilities that allow them to navigate the bustling airport.
“Narita Airport is a gateway to Japan for millions of travellers every year and we seek to partner with other leading Japanese innovators to make sure that arrival, departure and making connections are all as convenient as possible,” comments Juichi Hirasawa, Senior Vice President, ANA. “ANA’s partnership with Panasonic will make Narita Airport more welcoming and accessible. The robotic wheelchairs are just the latest element in ANA’s multi-faceted approach to improving hospitality in the air and on the ground.”
The smart elements and adaptability of the wheelchairs make them a perfect fit for Narita Airport, particularly in helping passengers reach their connections on time.