Lufthansa, ANA to launch joint Europe-Asia service

Lufthansa Cargo and All Nippon Airways Cargo will launch joint freight services from Europe to Japan on August 3, eight months after they joined forces on the westbound route.


Akira Okada All Nippon Airways ANA Japan Lufthansa Peter Gerber


Lufthansa Cargo and All Nippon Airways Cargo will launch joint freight services from Europe to Japan on August 3, eight months after they joined forces on the westbound route.

Both airlines are expanding their joint venture for freight consignments to routes from Europe to Japan. This means that European customers also have access to the shared network of the two airlines made up of over 90 weekly direct flights between Europe and Japan.

Akira Okada, CEO of ANA Cargo, said: “The cooperation has paid off even within the first few months. Starting to send consignments from Europe to Japan is an important milestone to provide an attractive service to an extended circle of customers.”

First customers in Germany, France, United Kingdom and Austria will participate in the partnership. All other European countries will follow step by step. Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo flights currently connect Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, London Heathrow, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle and Vienna with Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda, Nagoya and Osaka.

Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo started the first freight joint venture last December and initially focused on flights from Japan to Europe. Both partners are offering their flights in a shared network on the cooperation routes. Freight is also handled at numerous stations in shared warehouses both in Japan and Europe.