JAPAN: ANA steps in to fill JAL void

Moving to fill the void left by Japan Airline’s near total withdrawal from the cargo market, All Nippon Airways (ANA) is increasing its regional freighter operations, adding new flights to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan from end- October. ANA will increase its Tokyo Narita- Shanghai Pudong flights using B767-300 freighters, from four to six weekly. […]


Moving to fill the void left by Japan Airline’s near total withdrawal from the cargo market, All Nippon Airways (ANA) is increasing its regional freighter operations, adding new flights to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan from end- October.

ANA will increase its Tokyo Narita- Shanghai Pudong flights using B767-300 freighters, from four to six weekly. Tokyo Narita-Taipei flights will rise from three to six and Tokyo Narita-Hong Kong will go from three to four flights. Additionally, new services to the Chinese cities of Dalian, Qingdao and Tianjin will also be added. The carrier has also upgraded its aircraft used on its Haneda-Beijing and Haneda-Shanghai Hongqiao routes from a B767-300 to a B777-200.

"Demand for these routes has recovered remarkably during this fiscal year" ANA said in a statement. ANA’s international cargo traffic rose 52 per cent in the last quarter with a corresponding 94 per cent increase in revenue based on what it said was Chinese demand and increased shipments of plasma display and semiconductor related materials in Taipei and Seoul. Downsizing of aircraft and sluggish demand for perishable cargo and parcels saw domestic cargo volumes continue to shrink on the other hand.