REG - All Nippon Airways - LX/OS will join ANA/LH in Japan-Europe JV
Swiss International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines will join ANA and Lufthansa German Airlines in a Japan-Europe Joint Venture
ANA strives to enhance customers convenience and strengthen competitiveness
TOKYO, July 10, 2012 - All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) today filed an application with the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for antitrust immunity (ATI) to add Swiss International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines, both Lufthansa Group carriers, to its Japan-Europe joint venture with Lufthansa German Airlines.
The expanded bilateral joint venture between Lufthansa Group and ANA will offer customers greater convenience and improved access to intra-Europe routes.
Subject to approval from the ATI, ANA, Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines will prepare to launch joint sales initiatives and plan to launch joint sales and pricing products from spring 2013. ANA and Lufthansa have been working to deepen their partnership over the last year, offering joint products on selected routes from October 2011 with a full range of cooperation in the bilateral joint venture on April 1st, 2012.
This joint venture would help support ANA's strategy to expand its international network by 22% during 2012-13 and further builds on the ANA/United Airlines joint venture on trans-Pacific routes launched in April 2011.
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Ryosei Nomura and Megumi Tezuka
Tel.: +81 (0)3 6735 1111
About ANA Group
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the ninth largest airline in the world by revenues and the largest in Japan by passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, it flies today to 76domestic and international cities in a fleet of 231aircraft serving a network of 174routes. ANA has 33,000 employees and operates about 1,000 flights a day. In 2011, it carried 43 million passengers and generated revenues of $17.1bn. ANA has been a core member of Star Alliance since 1999 and launched a joint-venture with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes in April 2011; ANA launched a joint-venture with Lufthansa on Japan-Europe routes in October 2011. ANA has more than 23 million members belong to its Frequent Flyer Program (ANA Mileage Club). ANA is the launch customer for the world's newest and most advanced passenger aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
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