JAPAN: ANA eyeing cargo service to Singapore, Vietnam

All Nippon Airways may add cargo flights to Singapore and Vietnam from its hub on the Pacific island of Okinawa as intra-Asia trade surges, ANA president Shinichiro Ito said, according to Bloomberg. He didn’t say when flights to the two new destinations may begin. The carrier, which more than doubled cargo traffic in the year […]


All Nippon Airways may add cargo flights to Singapore and Vietnam from its hub on the Pacific island of Okinawa as intra-Asia trade surges, ANA president Shinichiro Ito said, according to Bloomberg. He didn’t say when flights to the two new destinations may begin. The carrier, which more than doubled cargo traffic in the year ending March 2010, has eight B767 freighters based in Okinawa. It has no immediate plans to buy any more cargo planes, Ito said. ANA opened the hub on Okinawa, some 1,500 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, in October 2009 as the island is within four hours’flying times of Hong Kong, Bangkok, Taipei, Seoul and Shanghai. These cities form its network at present. The island also doesn’t have the nighttime flight restrictions that hinder operations in Tokyo. “Our cargo volume is getting higher and higher,” Ito said. “We’re sure we can make a profit from airfreight next fiscal year.”