ANA to Boost International Capacity by 17.4% for FY2011, Expanding Its Route Network Further including Narita/Chengdu Service
All Nippon Airwaysâ€™ corporate plan for its fiscal year 2011 will see a 17.4 percent year-on-year international capacity increase in terms of available seat kilometers, ASK. Initially, ANA anticipated boosting its capacity by more than 20 percent, but a further delay of the delivery of Boeing B787 compelled the airline to revise its original capacity plan downward. Nevertheless, the airline plans to proactively expand operations by launching Narita/Chengdu and other routes as well as its respective routes from and to Haneda Airport.
ANAâ€™s international passenger services will see a launch of a daily flight between Tokyoâ€™s Narita and Chengdu in China from June 19. Aircraft to be put into service is Boeing B737-700 configured with 8 Business class and 112 Economy class seats. The airline also plans to increase flight frequency on its Beijing and Shanghai routes from and to Tokyoâ€™s Haneda Airport subject to the aviation agreement to be concluded between Japan and China. The Narita/Beijing and Narita/Taipeiâ€™s Taoyuan routes will receive larger aircraft when ANA takes a delivery of additional Boeing B767-300ERs. Its Narita/Shenyang route will get additional flights as well. The airline will continue to add services with the new passenger seats which have been introduced earlier on Boeing B777-300ERs on the Europe and America routes. Newly designed Boeing B767-300ER aircraft will be also equipped with the new seats in an effort to improve product and service, primarily on its Southeast Asia route.
Also, a joint venture business with United Airlines (UA) and Continental Airlines (CO) is slated to start on April 1, 2011. Following the implementation of the joint venture, the airlines will integrate their respective route networks and fares and make adjustments to their respective flight schedules as well. The target routes will be Trans-Pacific and the respective airlineâ€™s beyond routes which include routes both from Narita and Haneda, Kansai/San Francisco, Hong Kong/Chicago, Hong Kong/San Francisco and Incheon/San Francisco.
Domestically, ANA will temporally use aircraft take-off and landing slots available and optimize its flight frequency adding daily seven roundtrips until the aviation agreement is concluded between Japan and China. With the effective aircraft utilization, the airline plans to add an early morning flight to the Haneda/Osakaâ€™s Itami route.
Meanwhile, ANA plans to increase available seat kilometers (ASK) by 102.6 percent on its domestic routes. The capacity increase, however, does not include that of a low-cost carrier (LCC) to be launched by the airline later this year.
Source: Travel Vision
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