JAPAN: ANA launches Jakarta/ Manila, boosts cargo

All Nippon Airways (ANA) – Japan’s second largest carrier – will add two further international destinations to its network, from March 2011. The carrier will operate daily services from its Tokyo (Narita) hub to Manila, Philippines using B767-300ER aircraft and it will also restart daily services to Jakarta, Indonesia from January 2011, also using B767 […]


All Nippon Airways (ANA) – Japan’s second largest carrier – will add two further international destinations to its network, from March 2011. The carrier will operate daily services from its Tokyo (Narita) hub to Manila, Philippines using B767-300ER aircraft and it will also restart daily services to Jakarta, Indonesia from January 2011, also using B767 aircraft, after a three year hiatus. Earlier the carrier boosted its Tokyo Narita- Shanghai Pudong cargo capacity with an increase in ANA’s 767-300 freighter frequency from four to six weekly. Tokyo Narita-Taipei flights increased from three to six and Tokyo Narita-Hong Kong rose from three to four flights. New services to Dalian, Qingdao and Tianjin will also be added. Plans to increase ANA’s Haneda-Beijing and Haneda-Shanghai Hongqiao frequencies have been put on hold, but the aircraft used has been upgraded from 767-300 to a 777-200. ANA is also a particularly important cargo carrier in Ireland’s hi-tech and pharma sectors which make up a large proportion of airfreight exports. The Irish air cargo industry’s efforts to support this global trade are complicated by restricted capacity and the limited range of direct airline services available, according to ANA’s cargo GSSA of more than ten years, IAM. To help overcome these obstacles, IAM operates dedicated express overnight road feeders to connect with ANA’s 7 flights per week from London Heathrow, providing a virtual direct service for the Irish market. Says IAM’s MD Ian McCool: “Every extra frequency and new destination is invaluable to the Irish market. ANA’s daily B777 service to its Tokyo hub already provides Irish freight agents with a high-quality service that has won strong support here. These extra destinations and additional capacity will be most welcome.” ANA already operates services to 50 destinations in Japan and 35 other international points. Its fleet comprises 168 passenger- and seven cargo aircraft, with 86 further aircraft on order – including 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. ANA plans to launch a new low-cost airline with Hong Kong’s First Eastern Investment group, which is expected to begin operations in the second half of 2011 on domestic and international routes from Osaka Kansai International Airport.