ANA, United form innovative transpac cargo JV
In a ground-breaking move Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA) and Chicago-based United Airlines are preparing to launch an air cargo joint venture that will help both carriers manage transpacific cargo traffic more efficiently.
December 15, 2014
In a ground-breaking move Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA) and Chicago-based United Airlines are preparing to launch an air cargo joint venture that will help both carriers manage transpacific cargo traffic more efficiently. In late-November ANA filed an application with Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for antitrust immunity to enable ANA and United Airlines to create a more efficient and comprehensive transpacific air cargo business network.
The initiative will allow the two carriers to jointly manage transpacific air cargo operations, including scheduling, pricing and sales. Freight forwarders and shippers, in turn, will enjoy a better offering of routes, cargo space and more service options, ANA said. Both carriers are members of the Star Alliance global airline network and have been participating in a similar agreement with their passenger flights since 2011.
United Cargo, which does not operate freighters, but manages the belly capacity on more than 700 United passenger aircraft worldwide, including 74 B777s and 13 B787s (with more on order), has seen revenue-tonne-kilometers rise 12.3 per cent in the first three quarters of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. ANA Holdings expanded its cargo operations about five years ago, forming the ANA Cargo unit to manage the ten B767-300 freighters that operate intra-Asia from the carrier’s cargo hub on the island of Okinawa. In addition to its maindeck capacity, ANA Cargo taps the belly capacity of a long-haul passenger fleet that includes fifty-four B777s and 33 B787s (with more on order), ANA operates ten 767-300Fs in intra-Asia regional service.