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|Founded||May 12, 1988|
|Ceased operations||October 1, 2010|
|Hubs||Chubu Centrair International Airport|
|Parent company||All Nippon Airways (86.7%)
Nagoya Railroad (13.3%)
|Headquarters||Tokoname, Aichi, Japan|
Air Central Co., Ltd. (エアーセントラル株式会社? Eā Sentoraru Kabushiki-gaisha) was an airline based in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. It operated passenger services as All Nippon Airways (ANA) flights from its main base is Chūbu Centrair International Airport near Nagoya. On October 1, 2010, Air Central, Air Next and Air Nippon Network were merged and rebranded as ANA Wings.
In 1953, Nakanihon Air Service (NAS) was founded near Nagoya Airport (now Nagoya Airfield). Its major shareholders included Nagoya Railroad and ANA. Its core business was general aviation, including scenic and charter flights, aerial photography and helicopter services. It still operates as a general aviation company.
A new affiliate company, Nakanihon Airlines (NAL), was founded on May 12, 1988 to handle NAS's scheduled commuter services. It was headquartered in Nagoya Airport and was a joint venture between Nagoya Railroad (55%) and ANA (45%). Commuter services began operations on 23 April 1991. On November 1, 2004, ANA became the majority (55%) shareholder of NAL. As of September 2006, ANA bears 86.7% of the shares of Air Central; and Nagoya Railroad bears 13.3% of its shares.
On February 17, 2005, NAL was renamed to the current name and was relocated to Chubu Centrair International Airport. The flight schedules were amended for convenience of domestic and international flight changeover there. These moves were made for ANA's wish to feed international flights from Centrair operated by ANA and its Star Alliance partners.
Between Nagoya-Centrair and:
- Fukuoka Airport (FUK), Fukuoka, Fukuoka
- Fukushima Airport (FKS), Tamakawa, Fukushima near Koriyama
- Matsuyama Airport (MYJ), Matsuyama, Ehime
- Narita International Airport (NRT), Chiba Prefecture, 70 kilometres from Tokyo
- Niigata Airport (KIJ), Niigata, Niigata
- Tokushima Airport (TKS), Matsushige, Tokushima near
Between Fukuoka Airport and:
As of March 2007 the Air Central fleet included:
- 3 Fokker 50 (phased out, red livery probably after Nagoya Railroad but have been repainted in blue livery of ANA)
- 2 Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 (progressively leased and carrying the blue livery of ANA)