All Nippon Airways (ANA) may be just one-week shy of celebrating its one-year anniversary since returning to Sydney, but the carrier is already considering its expansion around Australia.

Speaking at an anniversary dinner at Sake Restaurant in The Rocks last night, Country Manager Brett Walsh hinted that the airline could be adding another Australian city to its network in the near future.

While congratulating staff on a successful year and thanking the industry for its support, Walsh said the airline was just waiting on extra aircraft to get new routes off the ground around Australia.

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“We’re hoping down the track, when we have enough aircraft, that we will add extra services and cities to the Australian network.”

Brett Walsh, All Nippon Airways Country Manager Australia

“ANA is looking at expanding its international network and analysing new markets with the greatest potential.”

While he didn’t offer any hints as to which cities the carrier would consider flying to, the airline’s General Manager of Asia and Oceania, Kenya Inada, said late last year, that he’d be keen to start services from Melbourne or event Perth.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

Star Wars 2

In the meantime, the airline will officially celebrate 12 months since returning to Australia on the Sydney-Haneda route next week.

Over the past year, the carrier has not only introduced pop culture-themed aircraft – Star Wars planes – to the city, but also given Premium Economy passengers the chance to experience Business Class benefits and offered some 38,610 Aussies access to Japan’s only five-star airline.

Which Australian city should ANA fly to next?