ANA, UAL get approval for cargo JV

All Nippon Airways has been granted antitrust immunity for proposed trans- Pacific cargo joint venture between All Nippon Airways (ANA) and United Airlines (UA) by MLIT (Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism).


ANA UAL get approval for cargo JV


All Nippon Airways has been granted antitrust immunity for proposed trans- Pacific cargo joint venture between All Nippon Airways (ANA) and United Airlines (UA) by MLIT (Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism). Th e partners said the JV, which was first announced last November, will create “a more efficient and comprehensive” transpacific cargo network.

Th e antitrust immunity enables ANA and UA to jointly manage activities covered by the air cargo joint venture – including network planning, pricing, sales, and handling – on specified transpacific routes. This cargo joint venture is the first of its kind between Asia and the Americas and will generate substantial service benefits for shippers and forwarders including an expanded network, greater capacity and expedited transport.

Th e two carriers aim to introduce the joint approach on shipments originating from Japan to the US and Canada in 2015 with their 168 flights per week on transpacific followed by and extension of scope for shipments in the reverse direction with 336 flights per week. Th is will then be expanded to cover countries in Asia and Latin America with 392 flights per week (IATA summer schedule 2015 basis).

Th is latest cargo JV follows recently approved agreements Lufthansa and its associated airlines, Swiss International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines (Japan- Europe).