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STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1953. ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA). DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
SHIODOME CITY CENTER
1-5-2 HIGASHI-SHIMBASHI, MINATO-KU
TOKYO 105-7133, JAPAN
JAPAN WAS ESTABLISHED IN 660, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 377,815, SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 125 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS TOKYO, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS JAPANESE.
DECEMBER 1990: OWNS 9% AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL). ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) IS JAPAN'S LARGEST PASSENGER AIRLINE HAVING >50% DOMESTIC MARKET. OWNS AIR NIPPON (ANK).
SERVICES 30 DOMESTIC CITIES + 19 CITIES IN 12 COUNTRIES: GUAM, WASHINGTON DC, BRISBANE, LOS ANGELES (LAX), BEIJING, DALIAN, HONG KONG (HKG), SYDNEY (SYD), BANGKOK (BGK), VIENNA, LONDON HEATHROW (LHR), MOSCOW (MOS)/PARIS (PAR), NEW YORK (JFK), FRANKFURT, SHANGHAI, SEOUL (SEO), SINGAPORE (SIN), & TSINGTAO.
SPONSORS KAWASAKI SOCCER TEAM.
14,259 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 2,147 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 3,728 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
15/10 ORDERS (OCTOBER 1995) 777-281 (PW4073A).
MARCH 1993: 1992 = +$21 MILLION (NET PROFIT) (-68%): +7.5% (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC, +1.6% PASSENGERS (PAX).
MAY/JUNE 1993: 747-481'S (RU836; RU837; RT755) DELIVERIES.
AUGUST 1993: NEW MAINTENANCE HANGAR (TO HANDLE 3 747'S & 2 767'S) AT HANEDA AIRPORT.
747-400, 569Y PAX, "MARINE JUMBO" FLIES AT SEATTLE'S SEA-FAIR.
AUGUST 1993: 747-481 (RU838), & 767 (VK103 - 7) DELIVERIES.
MARCH 1994: 747-481 (RU839) DELIVERY. IN 1994, & 1995, TO RECEIVE 1 747-400, 4 767-300'S, & 3 A320'S AIRPLANES.
MAY 1994: CONSTRUCTING NEW HANGAR (1 747, 1 767) AT KANSAI TO BE COMPLETE IN MARCH 1995. HANGARS NOW AT OSAKA, ITAMI, HANEDA & NARITA.
767 (VK108) DELIVERY.
AUGUST 1994: 2 767'S & 1 A320-200 DELIVERIES.
NOVEMBER 1994: NEW 777 MAINTENANCE DOCK & ENGINE TEST CELL (120,000 LB THRUST) AT HANEDA TO BE COMPLETED IN OCTOBER 1995.
JANUARY 1995: 1994 = +$47 MILLION: 61.6% LF LOAD FACTOR DOMESTIC, 69.6% INTERNATIONAL.
CANCELLED 4 OF 8 ORDERS 747-400'S, +3 767-300'S & +3 777-281'S.
FEBRUARY 1995: 1 A320-200 DELIVERY. 10/8 ORDERS A321'S.
MARCH 1995: CODE SHARE WITH AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL) TOKYO (TYO) TO VIENNA (747-200).
1 767-300 DELIVERY. 1 A340-200, 36C, 227Y, PAX, DELIVERY.
APRIL 1995: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1994 = +$47 MILLION (-$33): +6.1% PASSENGERS (PAX) DOMESTIC, +10.8% PAX INTERNATIONAL, +5.0% FTK DOMESTIC, +25.8% INTERNATIONAL. (ANA) GROUP FY 1994 = -$88 MILLION.
1 737-500 (CFM56-3C1), 1 747-481D (CF6-80C2B1F), 1 767-300 (CF6-80C2B2), & 1 767-300ER (CF6-80C2B6F), EX-WORLD AIRWAYS (WLD) DELIVERIES.
MAY 1995: 2 A320-200'S (CFM56-5A1) DELIVERIES.
JUNE 1995: AT PARIS AIR SHOW 10 ORDERS (/98) 777-300'S (PW4084).
747-400 "C" CHECKS NOW AT NARITA.
AUGUST 1995: 1 767-300ER (CF6-80C2B6) DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 1995: 1 A320-200 DELIVERY (4TH IN LAST 12 MONTHS).
OCTOBER 1995: NEW ROUTES: OSAKA (KANSAI) TO LONDON HEATHROW (LHR) (2/WEEK, 747-200), NIIGATA (OKINAWA) (DAILY, 767-200), & BOMBAY (MUMBAI). NOW 23 INTERNATIONAL ROUTES.
1ST 777-281 (L/N 16) DELIVERY.
NOVEMBER 1995: LAST SERVICE OF L-1011 AFTER 21 YEARS.
DECEMBER 1995: SELECTED (PW4090) FOR 777-300, 480 PAX & (IAE) (V2530) FOR 10 A321'S, 200 PAX.
1 747-400D (CF6-80C2B1F) & 1 777-200A (PW4084A) DELIVERIES.
JANUARY 1996: 1995 = +8.1% RPK, +6.3% PAX, +8.4% FTK. 37.82 MILLION PAX (6TH (7TH) IN THE WORLD) (35.73 MILLION DOMESTIC).
MARCH 1996: INTERNATIONAL SERVICE INCREASES FROM 45X- TO 60X-WEEKLY WITH TOKYO NARITA TO LOS ANGELES (LAX) CODE SHARE WITH DELTA AIRLINES (DAL); KANZAI TO VIENNA CODE SHARE WITH AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL), KANSAI TO ROME, VIA FRANKFURT & MILAN, KANZAI TO YANGON, MYANMAR, KANZAI TO HONOLULU, KANZAI TO HO CHI MINH CITY. DOMESTIC HAKODATE TO NIIGATE, HOKADATE TO HIROSHIMA & AOMORI TO HIROSHIMA. CODE SHARE WITH AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL), OSAKA TO VIENNA (A340).
APRIL 1996: (FY) 1995 ENDING 3/96 = +18.5 BILLION Y: +4.9% PAX, 37.6 MILLION, (+31.2% INTERNATIONAL, +3.6% DOMESTIC), +10.2% (FTK).
MAY 1996: 3RD 777-200 DELIVERY.
JUNE 1996: 13,622 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 5,465 FC & 3,681 MT).
777'S FLY TO HANEDA, ITAMI TO OSAKA, KANSAI TO OSAKA, OITA, KUMAMOTO, FUMAMOTO, FUKUOKA, KAGOSHIMA, AKITA, OKINAWA, MIGAZAKI AND NAGASAKI.
CONVERTED ORDERS FOR 3 OF 10 A321'S TO A320'S (CFM56-5A) (/98).
AUGUST 1996: CODE SHARE WITH AIR CANADA (ACN) OSAKA TO VANCOUVER.
(CF6-50), #2 ENGINE, ON 747-200, SETS WORLD RECORD FOR CONTINUOUS USE, IN 1/89 OUT 5/96 = 28,888 HOURS.
1 737-500 DELIVERY. 4TH & 5TH 777-200 DELIVERIES.
OCTOBER 1996: NEW ROUTE NARITA TO JAKARTA (767-300).
TO CONVERT 747-400SR DOMESTIC TO AN "LR" FOR INTERNATIONAL USE, INCLUDING THE ADDITION OF WINGLETS (TO BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER 20/96, IN TIME FOR THE PEAK HOLIDAY TRAVEL SEASON). 2ND 747-200, TO BOEING WICHITA FOR FREIGHTER CONFIGURATION, THEN TO NIPPON CARGO (NCA) IN 7/97. SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR 3 (MNG) 727'S WITH 1ST AT OSAKA FOR "C" CHECK THIS MONTH.
DECEMBER 1996: FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF HOKKAIDO SHI TOURS, PAINTED 747-400D WITH "SNOOPY & PEANUTS" LIVERY, SKIING & SNOWBOARDING FOR HANEDA/SOPPORO ROUTE.
COMPLETED MODIFICATION OF 747-400D TO INTERNATIONAL CONFIGURATION (55,000 MAN HOURS).
6TH 777 (WA136) DELIVERY.
JANUARY 1997: 1996 = 29.52 BILLION RPM (#14 HIGHEST IN WORLD) (+10.8%).
FEBRUARY 1997: 1 A320-200 (CFM56-5A1) DELIVERY.
MARCH 1997: PROVIDING (OJT) TRAINING TO EGYPTAIR (EGP) TECHNICIANS (MT) ON 777 AT TRAINING CENTER AND LINE STATION CENTER AT HANEDA.
2 737-281 (PG584; PG585) SOLD TO AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS (ARG), EX-AIR NIPPON (ANK). 7TH 767-300ER DELIVERY. 777 (WA133) HIJACKED BETWEEN OSAKA AND FUKUOKA.
APRIL 1997: TECHNICAL & ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANCE TO NEW (IN /98) DOMESTIC OPERATOR SKYMARK AIRLINES, BASED AT ITAMI & HANEDA AIRPORTS.
ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) TECHNICAL PERSONNEL VISITED UNITED AIRLINES (UAL), DELTA AIRLINES (DAL), LUFTHANSA (DLH), & BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB), TO BENCHMARK ENGINEERING ORGANIZATION, NOW 30% INTERNATIONAL. WANTS TO BE 50%, BY 2001.
WANTS 2ND RUNWAY TO BE BUILT AT NARITA.
1 A320-200 (CFM56-5A1) DELIVERY.
MAY 1997: 14,396 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,758 FC & 3,644 MT).
SEIJI FUKATSU (CEO), 64 YEAR OLD, RESIGNS. REPLACED BY KENZO YOSHIKAWA, 60 YEAR OLD, EX-ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) REAL ESTATE. ONE WEEK LATER REPLACED BY KICHISABURO NOMURA (CEO), LEAVING YOSHIKAWA AS PRESIDENT (ANA) REAL ESTATE. TOKUJI WAKASA & TAKAYA SUGIURA BOTH RESIGNED.
FY 1996 = +$31.4 MILLION (+26.6%): 39.7 MILLION PAX (37.8 MILLION WAS 6TH HIGHEST IN WORLD), INTERNATIONAL +17.44% ASK; DOMESTIC +5.6% ASK, 67.7% LF (-1.5).
JUNE 1997: 747-481 (25644) HAS SPECIAL COLOR SCHEME WITH "SNOOPY" THEME. +2 ORDERS 747-400'S. 6TH 777 DELIVERY. 25TH A320-200 DELIVERY.
JULY 1997: Y YOSHITAKE GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE; T SAITO GENERAL MANAGER USA ENGINEERING; H SUWABE DIRECTOR AIRFRAME ENGINEERING; T KUBO SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE; M KOIKI & H OHASHI, STAFF VP'S ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE; H AOKI CHAIRMAN ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) MAINTENANCE CO (ANAM); AND H SAKABE DEPUTY VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
7TH 777 DELIVERY.
AUGUST 1997: 66TH 767 AND 9TH 777 DELIVERIES. 747-2D3B (22579) TO NIPPON CARGO (NCA).
SEPTEMBER 1997: INITIATED 777 SERVICE ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS, NARITA TO BEIJING. IN 10/97 TO HONG KONG, SINGAPORE & SHANGHAI FROM OSAKA KANSAI.
OCTOBER 1997: 14,700 EMPLOYEES.
110 FLIGHTS/MONTH OVER PACIFIC 767 120 MINUTES (ETOPS).
NOVEMBER 1997: ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) IS ASIA'S LARGEST PASSENGER CARRIER.
19TH 747-400 DELIVERY. BOEING ROLL-OUT OF 1ST OF 12 (ANA) 777-300'S.
JANUARY 1998: TO CELEBRATE 45TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY BY SPECIAL PAINT TREATMENT OF 2 A321'S IN 5/98 AND 2 777-300'S IN 7/98.
SPECIAL PAINTED NOSE WITH LARGE "SNOOPY" ON 747SR-81 (JA8139) TO PROMOTE "HOKKAIDO SKI CAMPAIGN."
CODE SHARE WITH (EVA) AIR TO TAIPEI FROM OSAKA KANSAI.
ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) HOSTED TOKYO 747/767/777 TECHNICAL REVIEW MEETING ATTENDED BY BOEING SERVICE ENGINEERING, PRODUCT STRATEGY & DEVELOPMENT, PROJECT ENGINEERING, & CUSTOMER CONFIGURATION ENGINEERING.
77TH 767 DELIVERY (LARGEST 767 FLEET OUTSIDE USA). 1 747-400 DELIVERY.
FEBRUARY 1998: CODE SHARE WITH LUFTHANSA (DLH) TO FRANKFURT. PLANS TO EXPAND TRANSPACIFIC SERVICE FROM TOKYO & OSAKA TO CHICAGO (ORD), SAN FRANCISCO (SFO), HONOLULU (HNL), KONA, & LAS VEGAS, IN ADDITION TO CURRENT NEW YORK, WASHINGTON DC, & LOS ANGELES (LAX).
S TOKUNAGA DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE.
747-481 DELIVERY (1142-28283).
MARCH 1998: CODE SHARE & MARKETING ALLIANCE WITH UNITED AIRLINES (UAL). POSSIBLY JOINING "STAR (SAL) ALLIANCE" NEXT MONTH.
CIVIL AVIATION BUREAU OF JAPAN INCREASES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) APPROVAL FROM 120 TO 180 MINUTES.
3RD OF 12 767-200'S TO AIRBORNE EXPRESS (AFC). 10TH 777-200 DELIVERY. 1ST A321 DELIVERY, OF 7 ORDERS.
APRIL 1998: FACING INTERNATIONAL CHAOS WITH PROLONGED STRIKE OF 747-400 PILOTS (FC). CANCELLATION OF >50 INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS AND LOSS OF >10,000 PASSENGERS TO OTHER CARRIERS. PILOTS & FLIGHT ENGINEER STRIKE >2 WEEKS, COSTING -$1.5 MILLION/DAY.
NEXT MONTH, PLANS SERVICE OSAKA TO TIANJIN, SHANGHAI, VIA FUKUOKA, & DIRECT TO SHANGHAI. IN 7/98, NARITA TO QINGDAO, OSAKA KANSAI TO XIAMEN & TO SHENYANG.
14,396 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,758 FC & 3,644 MT).
11TH 777-200 DELIVERY. 2 A321 DELIVERIES.
MAY 1998: FY 1997 = -$22 MILLION (FOR 1ST TIME IN 30 YEARS WILL NOT PAY A DIVIDEND TO SHAREHOLDERS): 40.8 MILLION PAX (+3.7%), INCLUDING 37.7 MILLION DOMESTIC. DOMESTIC: +3.6% RPK, +3.4% ASK (CAPACITY), 63.8% LF. INTERNATIONAL: +18.4%, +20.5% ASK, 66.5% LF (-1.2).
ADDED 11 AIRPLANES FOR TOTAL 139. IN 1998, +10 & RETIRE 6. 12TH 777-200 DELIVERY.
JUNE 1998: 747-400 PILOTS CONTINUE STRIKE ACTION. UNION REPRESENTS 1,300 OF TOTAL 1,700 (FC). 300 CAPTAINS ARE CONSIDERED AS MANAGEMENT.
2 747-400'S PAINTED WITH IMAGES OF "WORLD SOCCER CUP" IN FRANCE. CABIN ATTENDANTS WEAR JAPAN NATIONAL TEAM UNIFORMS.
JULY 1998: N NAKAMURA STAFF VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE, REPLACES M KOIKE; Y SHINOHARA STAFF VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE, REPLACES H OHASHI NOW DIRECTOR SAFETY; H SHIBUTA DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE REPLACES S TOKUNAGA; T NOMURA DIRECTOR ENGINEERING, REPLACES Y IKEGAMI; H SUWABE DIRECTOR AIRPLANE CONFIGURATION DEVELOPMENT; R SHIBATA DIRECTOR AIRFRAME ENGINEERING.
OPERATES DOMESTICALLY TO HANEDA AND KOMATSU, HIROSHIMA, AND MIYAZAKI.
1997 TOP WORLD AIRLINES COMPARISONS:
PASSENGER TRAFFIC (RPK) (BILLION): 6 JAL 77; 7 CAL 77; 8 DLH 71; 9 AFA 70; 10 USA 67; 11 QAN 59; 12 KLM 55; 13 SIA 55; 14 ANA 51; 15 SWA 46.
PASSENGERS (PAX) (MILLION): 1 DAL 103; 2 UAL 84; 3 AAL 81; 4 USA 59; 5 NWA 55; 6 SWA 50; 7 ANA 41; 8 CAL 39; 9 DLH 35; 10 BAB 34; 11 JAL 32.
10 767 120 MINUTES (ETOPS) FLIGHTS/MONTH (& TOTAL) OVER PACIFIC = 163 (8,796).
2 DOMESTIC 747-400 & 767 AIRPLANES, PAINTED WITH CARTOON CHARACTER "POCKET MONSTER" ALONG WITH INTERIOR MOTIFS. 1ST 777-300 DELIVERY.
AUGUST 1998: 1ST NONSTOP CHARTER TO USA MAINLAND, NAGOYA TO LAS VEGAS (MCCARRAN) (747-400). USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S CODE SHARE WITH UNITED AIRLINES (UAL).
CONTRACT TO BOEING WICHITA FOR 4TH 747-200 TO FREIGHTER CONVERSION (TAKES 4 MONTHS).
1 767-300ER WET-LEASED TO AIR NIPPON (ANK) FOR DAILY SERVICE TO TAIPEI. PAINTS 3RD 767-300, IN "POCKET MONSTER" SCHEME. 2ND & 3RD 777-381 DELIVERIES (28273). +1 ORDER (6/00) 747-400, +1 ORDER (6/01) 777-200, +1 ORDER (4/01) 777-300, & 4 ORDERS 777'S CONVERTED TO 777-200ER'S WITH 648K LBS (IGW).
SEPTEMBER 1998: TOKYO (NARITA) TO HONOLULU (747SR). TOKYO (HANEDA) TO HONOLULU CHARTER (747-400, 397Y) (1ST FLIGHT IN 20 YEARS). IN 12/98, NONSTOP TO SAN FRANCISCO (SFO) (747-400, 14F, 62C, 260Y) (AS 4TH CARRIER, ALONG WITH JAPAN AIRLINES (JAL), UNITED AIRLINES (UAL) & NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA). (SFO) IS 3RD MOST POPULAR DESTINATION FOR JAPANESE AFTER NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES (LAX).
SELLS 4 737-200'S TO WESTJET AIRLINES (WJI). 737-200, EX-AIR NIPPON (ANK).
OCTOBER 1998: IN 12/98, OSAKA TO DENPASAR, INDONESIA (767-300). IN 12/98 TO SAN FRANCISCO (SFO) (747-400).
777-381 (172-27939) DELIVERY.
RECEIVES 180 MINUTES (ETOPS) APPROVAL FOR 767-300ER (ALLOWS 1ST JAPANESE AIRLINE TWIN ENGINE JET FLIGHTS TO HAWAII).
11 767'S 180 MINUTES (ETOPS) OVER PACIFIC FLIGHTS/MONTH (TOTAL FLIGHTS) = 158 (9,270).
NOVEMBER 1998: FUKUOKA TO QINGDAO (767-300). IN 2/99 TO CODE SHARE WITH CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES (CEA) TO CHINA.
PLANS TO SELL 747-200 CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER TO NIPPON CARGO (NCA). 767-200 TO (AFC).
JANUARY 1999: CODE SHARE WITH UNITED AIRLINES (UAL), EXTENDS TOKYO TO BANGKOK. IN 3/99, TO CODE SHARE WITH VARIG (VAR) TO RIO DE JANEIRO & SAO PAULO (747-300) VIA LOS ANGELES (LAX). APPLIES FOR 4/99 START OF NARITA TO CHICAGO (ORD) (747-400).
1998 = 40 MILLION PASSENGERS, LARGEST OUTSIDE OF USA, IS 50% OF JAPAN'S DOMESTIC TRAFFIC.
737-200 (JT8D-17) EX-AIR NIPPON (ANK) DELIVERY.
FEBRUARY 1999: NEXT MONTH TO CODE SHARE WITH ANSETT (ANS), OSAKA TO BRISBANE TO SYDNEY, AS PRECURSOR TO BOTH JOINING THE "STAR ALLIANCE" LATER THIS YEAR. CODE SHARE WITH CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES (CEA), OSAKA (KANSAI) TO QINGDAO TO BEIJING & OSAKA TO SHANGHAI.
SOLD 2 747-200SR'S (CF6-45A2) (21922; 21923) TO ATLAS AIR (TLS). 21ST 747-481 (JA-403A) DELIVERY. A321-131 (963, JA103A) DELIVERY. IN 1999 TO RETIRE 6 AIRPLANES AND RECEIVE 1 777-200, 1 777-300, & 2 A321'S.
MARCH 1999: ALTHOUGH WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE MAINTENANCE FOR 2 SKYMARK 767'S ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) WILL NOT PROVIDE MAINTENANCE FOR ANY FUTURE AIRPLANES.
COMPLETED SECTION 41 MODIFICATION ON NIPPON CARGO (NCA) 747-200F.
NEXT MONTH TOKYO NARITA TO CHICAGO (ORD) (747-400).
APRIL 1999: SOLD ITS 9% STAKE, IN AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL) TO AUSTRIA BANK & SCHOELLERBANK.
15,200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,758 FC & 3,644 MT).
17TH 777-381 (104-28275, JA755A) & A321-131 (1008, JA104A) (V2530-A5) DELIVERIES.
MAY 1999: 1998 FY = -$54.1 MILLION: INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS (PAX) 3.49 MILLION (+11%), DOMESTIC PAX 38.35 MILLION (+2%).
747-281BF (667-23698, JA8181) SOLD TO NIPPON CARGO (NCA).
JUNE 1999: 13,500 EMPLOYEES WITH -1,700 BY 03/03. ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) GROUP (INCLUDING 160 TRAVEL RELATED COMPANIES) HAS 28,000 EMPLOYEES WHO WILL BE CUT BY -10%.
PLANS TO INTRODUCE A NEW LOW-COST SUBSIDIARY AIRLINE OUT OF OSAKA'S KANZAI INTERNATIONAL TO COMPETE WITH JAPAN AIRLINES (JAL)'S (JAL) EXPRESS (JEX).
WILL REDUCE CAPACITY (ASK) TO 95.8% OF CURRENT, BY 2002, REDUCING CURRENT 133 AIRPLANES TO 126.
(ANA) GROUP FY 1998 = -$39.4 MILLION. (ANA) = -$54 MILLION (-$43.2 MILLION): 33.38 BILLION RPM (+4.9%), 3.98 BILLION FTM (+5.4%).
1998 TOP WORLD AIRLINES - PASSENGER TRAFFIC RPM (BILLION):
9 AFA 46.35; 10 USA 41.25; 11 SIA 35.88; 12 KLM 35.59; 13 QAN 35.22; 14 ANA 33.38; 15 SWA 31.43; 16 CAT 25.26; 17 TWA 24.42; 18 ACN 23.21; 19 ALI 22.10.
PLANS TO ADD 777-200ER TO FLEET CONVERTING A PREVIOUS 777 ORDER. NOW HAS ALL 3 CURRENT 777 DERIVATIVES ORDERED OR DELIVERED.
JULY 1999: 8TH 767-200 TO AIRBORNE EXPRESS (ABX) (OF 12).
AUGUST 1999: AS A PRELUDE TO ITS OFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP OF "STAR ALLIANCE" IN 10/99, PAINTS 767-300ER WITH LOGOS OF SOON-TO-BE 9 MEMBERS OPERATING ON DOMESTIC NETWORK.
SEPTEMBER 1999: RETURNED 767-281 (84-230180) TO AIRBORNE EXPRESS (ABX) (9TH OF 12).
OCTOBER 1999: BECOMES 13TH AIRLINE MEMBER OF "STAR ALLIANCE" JOINING SHORTLY AFTER SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA).
TOTAL PACIFIC (ETOPS) FLIGHTS (FLIGHTS/MONTH): 11 767'S 180 MINUTES 10,263 (52).
1ST 777-281ER DELIVERY.
NOVEMBER 1999: ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT AGREES TO SHARE 767/777 MAINTENANCE COST, AND EXPERIENCE WITH DELTA AIRLINES (DAL).
DECEMBER 1999: IN 3/00 OSAKA (KANSAI) TO HONOLULU (767-300ER, 210 PAX 40C, 170Y).
3RD 747-200SR (21606) SOLD TO ATLAS AIR (TLS) FOR PARTS.
JANUARY 2000: 2 767-281'S (85-23019; 96-23020) RETURNED TO LESSOR.
FEBRUARY 2000: 25 MILLIONTH PAX ON "POKEMON" JET, NARITA TO NEW YORK.
767-281 (103-23021) SOLD TO ABX AIR (ABX).
MARCH 2000: CODE SHARE WITH AIR CANADA (ACN) TO TORONTO (A340) VIA LOS ANGELES (LAX).
BETWEEN THIS YEAR AND 5/01, PLANS FOR +1 747-400, 3 777'S, & 1 A321.
APRIL 2000: TO LAUNCH A YET UNNAMED REGIONAL CARRIER, INITIALLY TO OPERATE TO MAJOR CHINESE CITIES.
3 ORDERS (1/01) 767-300ER'S. A321-131 (1204, JA106A), DELIVERY.
MAY 2000: HEAVY MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR 747-400 TO JAPAN AIR LINES (JAL).
ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) OPERATES 143 SCHEDULED DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL ROUTES WITH >500 FLIGHT OPERATIONS/DAY WITHIN JAPAN & <300 FLIGHTS/WEEK INTERNATIONAL TO 30 DESTINATIONS ON 4 CONTINENTS.
REPLACES 747-400 WITH 777-200ER FOR DAILY SERVICE TO CHICAGO (ORD).
STARTS JOINT SHUTTLE SERVICE TOKYO TO OSAKA (35 MILLION PASSENGERS) WITH JAPAN AIR LINES (JAL) AND JAPAN AIR SERVICES (JAS).
1 737-4YO (1805-24545, /90 34 16) EX-FUTURA INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (FUA), (GEH) 5 YEAR LEASED. 1 777-281ER (278-28277, JA708A) DELIVERY. 737-4YO (1805-24545, JA391K) & 737-5YO (2240-25189, JA351K) LEASED TO AIR NIPPON (ANK).
JUNE 2000: ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) GROUP FY 1999 = -$143 MILLION: 45.4 MILLION DOMESTIC PASSENGERS (+4%).
PLANS TO CUT MANAGEMENT SALARIES BY -6% & NON-MANAGEMENT 3%.
CODE SHARE WITH (TWA) INCLUDING FLYING MAIL HANDLED BY USA POSTAL SERVICE TO NEW YORK (JFK), CHICAGO (ORD), LOS ANGELES (LAX), SAN FRANCISCO (SFO) & HONOLULU, AS WELL AS NAGOYA TO HONOLULU & OSAKA TO HONOLULU & GUAM.
737-281 (20563) SOLD TO WESTJET (WJI) TO BE PARTED OUT. 747-481 (CF6-80C2B1F) (30322, JA405A) DELIVERY. 777-200 (28278, JA709A) DELIVERY. 1 A321-100 (V2530-A5) (1227, JA107A) DELIVERY.
JULY 2000: STARTS JOINT SHUTTLE SERVICE (66X-DAILY) WITH JAPAN AIR LINES (JAL) & JAPAN AIR SYSTEM (JAS), BETWEEN TOKYO-HANEDA, ITAMI AND OSAKA-KANSAI EVERY 30 MINUTES.
(ANA) GROUP 1999 = -$142.07 MILLION (-$44.22 MILLION): 56.73 BILLION RPK (+7.8%); 65.1% LF; .51 BILLION FTK (+5.5%); 42.74 MILLION PAX (+3.9%); 15,237 EMPLOYEES.
1999 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC RPK (BILLION):
11 SIA 64.5; 12 KLM 58.9; 13 SWA 58.7; 14 QAN 58.1; 15 ANA 56.7; 16 TWA 31.9; 17 CAT 41.5; 18 ACN 39.
FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW ANNOUNCEMENT OF +6 ORDERS 777-300X'S CONVERTING 4 OPTIONS AND ADDING +2.
AUGUST 2000: COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH JAPAN AIRLINES (JAL) & JAPAN AIR SYSTEMS (JAS) TO ESTABLISH A WEBSITE FOR DOMESTIC TICKET SALES CALLED kokunaisen.com TO BE ESTABLISHED 10/00 & LAUNCHED IN 4/01.
JOINS E-COMMERCE VENTURE FOR AIRPLANE PARTS, MAINTENANCE SERVICES & GENERAL SUPPLIES CALLED "aeroexchange" WITH 12 AIRLINES: CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT); LUFTHANSA (DLH); SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA); FEDEX (FED); NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA); AIR CANADA (ACN); AMERICA WEST AIRLINES (AMW); SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS); (KLM); AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL) & AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ).
1 737-5YO (26097) EX-RIO-SUL (ROS), (GEH) LEASED, WET-LEASED TO AIR NIPPON (ANK).
SEPTEMBER 2000: PLANS TO START NEW SUBSIDIARY: INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE, IN 01/01 CALLED "AIR JAPAN" TO OPERATE BETWEEN OSAKA KANZAI TO SEOUL (767-300ER, 2 CLASS, 216 PAX). LATER, WILL EXPAND TO SCHEDULED SERVICE TO DESTINATIONS IN ASIA, AND RESORT SPOTS, INCLUDING OSAKA TO GUAM, & OSAKA TO HONOLULU. WHEN NARITA'S 2ND RUNWAY IS OPENED IN 2002, WILL OPERATE ALSO FROM TOKYO.
TAKETOSHI WATANABE PRESIDENT AIR JAPAN.
737-281 (585-21767) SOLD TO WESTJET (WJI). 767-281 (106-23140) RETURNED.
OCTOBER 2000: 13,800 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 2,039 FC, 4,736 CA, & 3,310 MT) (-1.1%).
747-281B (683-23813, JA8182) BEING CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER. 777-281ER (302-28279, JA710A) DELIVERY.
NOVEMBER 2000: CODE SHARE WITH ASIANA AIRLINES (AAR) TO SEOUL.
DECEMBER 2000: CODE SHARE WITH THAI INTERNATIONAL (TII) TO BANGKOK.
TOP 25 WORLD AIRLINES 1ST 9 MONTHS PASSENGER TRAFFIC RPK (BILLION):
17 IBE 30.21; 18 AMW 23.12; 19 VAA 22.08; 20 VAR 19.79; 21 CHI 19.04; 22 ANA 17.66; 23 SAS 17.41; 24 GUN 16.36; 25 SVA 15.16.
JANUARY 2001: IN 3/01, CODE SHARE WITH VIETNAM AIRLINES (VIE) TO HO CHI MINH CITY (777-200ER, 3 CLASS).
NEW SUBSIDIARY, AIR JAPAN, STARTS OPERATIONS BETWEEN OSAKA KANSAI AND SEOUL WITH 1 767-300ER, ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) WET-LEASED, 2/DAY. WILL HAVE SEOUL-BASED CABIN CREW. IN 3/01, KANSAI - GUAM, 2/WEEK.
TOP WORLD AIRLINES 2000 PASSENGER TRAFFIC RPM (BILLION):
12 ACN 42.38; 13 SWA 42.23; 14 QAN 39.46; 15 KLM 37.49; 16 ANA 36.07; 17 CAT 29.27; 18 TII 26.25.
FEBRUARY 2001: NIGHT CHARTERS FROM TOKYO (HANEDA) TO GUAM, HONOLULU, PALAU, AND SAIPAN.
KICHISABURO NOMURA CHAIRMAN. YOJI OHASHI PRESIDENT & (CEO) EFFECTIVE 4/01.
MARCH 2001: CODE SHARE WITH AIR CANADA (ACN), NAGOYA - VANCOUVER.
1ST OF 3 DASH 8-Q300'S DELIVERY, 56 PAX.
APRIL 2001: 14,639 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,931 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 4,976 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA)).
PROJECTS FY 2000 = +$376.6 MILLION.
9 ORDERS 767-300ER'S (CF6-80C2B2).
MAY 2001: SELECTS BOEING AIRPLANE SERVICES (BAS), WICHITA TO CONVERT 2 747-400'S FROM INTERNATIONAL CONFIGURATION TO DOMESTIC: 3 CLASS, 367 PASSENGERS (PAX), TO 2 CLASS, 569 PAX, REMOVING WINGLETS, INSTALLING WINGTIPS, + MODIFICATIONS TO IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM, GALLEYS, LAVATORIES, & FLOOR COVERS.
767-381 (JA8357), HAS LIVERY MARKED WITH "UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN" "WOODY WOODPECKER" AND NAMED "WOODY JET."
JUNE 2001: LAST YEAR'S DOMESTIC MARKET SHARE: 1 ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) 42.5%; 2 JAPAN AIR SYSTEMS (JAS) 21.9%; 3 JAPAN AIRLINES (JAL) 21.8%; 4 AIR NIPPON (ANK) 6.5%.
767-281 (23141) SOLD TO ABX AIR (ABX). 767-381ER (JA8971), AS WELL AS ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) MARKINGS, ALSO HAS "AIR JAPAN." 3 ORDERS (2/03) A320 (CFM56), MITSUI LEASED, 166 PAX.
AUGUST 2001: CONTRACT TO BOEING AIRPLANE SERVICES (BAS), WICHITA TO CONVERT TO FREIGHTER, 1 747-200.
IN 9/01, TOKYO HANEDA NONSTOP TO URUMQI, CHINA (767-300ER, 40C, 176Y). CODE SHARE WITH BMI BRITISH MIDLAND (BMA), LONDON HEATHROW (LHR) TO BELFAST, EDINBURGH, GLASGOW, AND MANCHESTER.
1 ORDER (9/02) 767-300ERF, TO BE JOINTLY OPERATED BY NIPPON CARGO (NCA) FOR SERVICE BETWEEN CHINA & NEIGHBORING ASIAN COUNTRIES, AND TOKYO.
TOP WORLD AIRLINES 1ST 9 MONTHS - PASSENGER TRAFFIC RPK (BILLION):
20 VAR 19.81; 21 CHI 19.70; 22 SAS 18.17; 23 EAD 17.59; 24 ANA 15.31; 25 ASA 15.31.
NOVEMBER 2001: TO CHICAGO (ORD) - WASHINGTON DULLES.
WILL CUT -1,080 JOBS IN NEXT 18 MONTHS.
DECEMBER 2001: BY END OF FY 2002, WILL REDUCE CURRENT EMPLOYMENT OF 13,780 EMPLOYEES TO 12,700 (-7.8%).
JANUARY 2002: 2001 = 18.52 BILLION RPK (-20.5%); 849.86 MILLION FTK (-24.2%); 3.44 MILLION PAX (-16.5%).
2001 TOP 50 WORLD AIRLINES - PASSENGER TRAFFIC BILLION RPM:
1 UAL 116.60; 2 AAL 106.15; 3 DAL 97.60; 4 NWA 73.11; 5 BAB 64.24; 6 AFA 59.54; 7 CAL 58.76; 8 DLH 56.76; 9 JAL 50.77; 10 USA 45.93; 11 SWA 44.50; 12 SIA 42.76; 13 QAN 42.14; 14 ACN 41.49; 15 KLM 35.76; 16 ANA 33.16; 17 CAT 27.81; 18 TII 27.43; 19 IBE 25.64; 20 KAL 23.73; 21 ALI 22.45; 22 MAS 22.29; 23 AMW 19.06; 24 VAA 17.65; 25 VAR 16.02; 26 CHI 16.00; 27 EAD 14.37; 28 SAS 14.26; 29 ANZ 13.54; 30 SAA 12.70; 31 SVA 12.56; 32 BEJ 12.39; 33 ASA 12.23; 34 JAS 10.06; 35 THY 9.35; 36 AMX 8.51; 37 PAL 8.36; 38 GIA 8.15; 39 CMA 7.99; 40 ELA 7.79; 41 GUL 7.65; 42 PIA 7.24; 43 AIN 7.10; 44 TAP 6.43; 45 EGP 5.53; 46 OLY 5.24; 47 AUL 5.06; 48 FIN 4.93; 49 IND 4.52; 50 CQT 4.51.
MARCH 2002: (ANA) GROUP 2001 = 34.92 MILLION PAX (+1%), 63% LF. INTERNATIONAL = 2.63 MILLION PAX (-20%), 66% LF.
1 737-5L9 (28130), EX-MAERSK AIR (MRS), TOMBO (TOM) LEASED.
APRIL 2002: SIGNS COMPREHENSIVE ALLIANCE AGREEMENTS WITH CHINA SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (XIN) AND SHANGHAI AIRLINES (SHA), INCLUDING CODE SHARING OPERATIONS AND FREQUENT FLYER OPTIONS.
PROJECTS (FY) 2001 ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) GROUP = -$64.2 MILLION.
(TELEPHONE: +81 (3) 5756 5665). (FAX: +81 (3) 5756 5659).
MAIN BASE: TOKYO NARITA INTERNATIONAL (NRT).
HUB: OSAKA KANSAI INTERNATIONAL (KIX).
747-281BF (750-24399, JA8190) SOLD TO NIPPON CARGO (NCA).
MAY 2002: FY 2001 (ANA) = -$75.7 MILLION/-#9.4 BILLION YUEN (+#40.3 BILLION YUEN): 3.5 MILLION INTERNATIONAL PAX (-20%); +.6% DOMESTIC PAX.
767-381ER (877-32972, JA603A) DELIVERY.
2001 Top World Airlines by Passenger Traffic (RPK Billion):
1 UAL 187.67; 2 AAL 170.88; 3 DAL 163.66; 4 NWA 117.66; 5 BAB 106.27; 6 CAL 98.37; 7 AFA 94.42; 8 DLH 86.70; 9 JAL 84.27; 10 USA 73.93; 11 SWA 71.59; 12 SIA 69.15; 13 QAN 67.89; 14 ACN 67.03; 15 KLM 57.85; 16 ANA 56.90; 17 CAT 44.79; 18 TII 44.04; 19 IBE 41.30; 20 KAL 38.45; 21 MAS 38.31; 22 ALI 36.52; 23 SWS 32.98; 24 TWA 31.85; 25 AMW 30.69.
(ANA) 2001: -$73 Million (+$310 Million): 56.9 Billion RPK (-9.1%); 64.7% LF; 49.31 Million PAX (-1.2%); (NCA) 3.93 Billion FTK; 14,303 (-4.1%).
June 2002: 767-281 (115-22144) to (ABX). 767-281 (167-23433) written off (W/O) after landing accident. 767-381ER (881-32973, JA604A) delivery.
July 2002: Farnborough Air Show, announcement of $2 Billion, 9 orders (4/04) 767-300ER's (CF6-80C2) and 5 orders 777-300's (PW4090).
August 2002: 767-381ERF (33404, JA601F) delivery for "ANA CARGO" with "ANA" on tail, for routes within Asia. 2 767-381ER's (884-32976, JA607A; 886-32977, JA608A), deliveries.
September 2002: Signs a "basic alliance agreement" with Air Do (HIA), including code sharing. Will combine airplane maintenance operations.
1st charter flight from Tokyo (HND) to Pyongyang.
Government OK for starting international cargo operations to Seoul using a code share with Nippon Cargo (NCA) (767-381ERF). All Nippon Airways (ANA) expects to bring in an additional $41.8 Million with the new 767-300F operations.
747SR-81 (453-22291) traded-in to Boeing.
October 2002: Airlines around the world are suffering losses and job cuts, while airport operators, incl Japan's Narita airport, the world's costliest hub, are still raking in the profits ((IATA) report). In the wake of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks, airlines lost -$18 Billion in 2001, and expect to lose another -$12 Billion in 2002. Although shortly after in 10/01, airports in Singapore and Hong Kong cut landing rates by -10 to -15%, Narita was a stubborn holdout, charging a fee of # 2,400 yen a tonne, or about $7,755 for each 747 airplane, 2.3 times the cost in Hong Kong, 3.9 times that in Singapore, and 14.9 times the cost at London's Heathrow (LHR).
Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport is emphasizing development of the new, Centrair international airport to open in Nagoya in 2005, and upgrades to Tokyo's Haneda airport, in its $4.1 Billion airport improvement budget for 2003. $1.1 Billion is for construction of a 4th runway at Haneda (Asia's busiest airport, even though it serves mainly domestic Japanese routes. $388 Million has been allocated for Aichi-Japan International Airport - Centrair. Other major projects including $114 Million for Narita, and $367 Million for a 2nd runway for Osaka Kansai International Airport. Other funding goes for noise abatement, and air traffic contol upgrades.
Resumes Niigata - Naha (A320, daily). In 12/02, Osaka (KIX) - Oita/Kumamoto (737-500, daily), operations by Air Nippon (ANK).
December 2002: In 3/03 will expand its code share with United Airlines (UAL) to Osaka - Honolulu (UAL) 777).
Contract with (SITA) to install its Java-based, (IP)-enabled (CUTE) check-in systems at Toyota Narita, Nagoya, and Osaka Kansai airports in a deal valued at $1.8 Million.
Completes 2nd 777 Heavy Maintenance Visit (HMV).
January 2003: 767-281 (121-23146, JA8244) sold to (KC) Six, to (ABX) Air.
February 2003: 2002 = -$30 Million: 18.44 Billion RPK (-4.2%); 3.61 Million PAX (+4.9%); 889.14 Million FTK (+4.6%). Will cut -1,200 jobs, trim pension benefits (-10%), ground airplanes, and pare airport handling costs.
March 2003: In 5/03, will introduce a new 1st class (F) cabin on its daily 747-400 nonstop flights New York (JFK) - Tokyo, featuring 10 seats, 33 ins wide, enclosed in cubicles for privacy, equipped with a 15-in personal TV with digital (AVOD), plus personal telephones & power ports for laptop computers. Additionally, the service will feature a new a la carte menu.
Carried its one-billionth passenger. 960 Million have been carried on domestic services.
April 2003: 12,978 employees. SITA: TYOGGNH.
In 5/03, Osaka (KIX) - Shonai.
$2.35 Billion, 45 orders (4/05) 737-700/-800/-900's to phase out A320's for eventual all-Boeing fleet. Will be mostly 737-700's, 126 PAX. A320-211 (1973, JA201A) delivery. 767-281 (171-23434, JA8255), wet-leased to Skymark (SKM).
May 2003: All Nippon Airways (ANA) Group 2002 = -# Y28.2 Billion/-$235.4 Million (-# Y9.46 Billion/-$78.3 Million). (ANA) 2002 = -# Y15 Billion (-# Y28.26 Billion): 52.97 Billion RPK (+1.1%); 67.1% LF; 43.30 Million PAX (+1.1%); 1.25 Billion FTK (+8%). Projects +# Y15 Billion for 2003.
777-381 (440-27039, JA756A) delivery.
July 2003: SITA: TYOGGNH.
2002 = -$233.9 Million (-$81.3 Million): 55.00 Billion RPK (+3.9%); +1.7% ASK; 67.3% LF (+1.4); 44.7 Million PAX (+3.5%); 1.34 Billion FTK (+.2%); 12,772 EMPLOYEES (-1.6%).
2002 TOP 25 WORLD AIRLINES - PASSENGER TRAFFIC - Billion - RPK
1 (AAL) 195.81; 2 (UAL) 176.15; 3 (DAL) 152.66; 4 (NWA) 115.91; 5 (BAB) 99.71; 6 (AFA) 96.80; 7 (CAL) 95.51; 8 (DLH) Grp 88.57; 9 (JAL) 83.54; 10 (QAN) 75.23; 11 (SWA) 73.05; 12 (SIA) 71.12; 13 (ACN) 69.42; 14 (USA) 69.42; 15 (KLM) 58.89; 16 (ANA) 52.97; 17 (CAT) 49.04; 18 (TII) 48.51; 19 (KAL) 41.80; 20 (IBE) 40.47; 21 (MAS) 36.90; 22 (AMW) 31.98; 23 (SAS) Group 30.91; 24 (EAD) 30.17; 25 (ALI) 29.84.
747SR-81 (456-22292, JA8146) sold to Boeing (TBC). 1 Dash 8-Q400 delivery for Osaka - Kochi. 767-281 (23431) wet-leased to Air Do (HIA). 2 A320-211's (2054, JA202A; 2061, JA203A) deliveries.
August 2003: Tokyo (Haneda) - Guam (daily, seasonal charter service).
September 2003: (LOI) with Boeing to install the "Connexion by Boeing," broadband Internet service on its long-haul airplanes. Rollout of the service is planned for 4th Q 2004 on routes with the heaviest business demand, coinciding with the deliveries of the 1st of 6 777-300ER's.
October 2003: Selects Rockwell Collins to provide avionics for 3 767's and 6 777's for deliveries starting in 2004.
November 2003: Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport permits daily charter service between the capitals Tokyo (Haneda) and Seoul (Kimpo), by 4 airlines: Japn Airlines (JAL) Group & All Nippon Airways (ANA) from Japan, and Korean Air (KAL) & Asiana Airlines (AAR) from Korea.
Plans to establish an international hub for its short-haul Asian routes at Chubu International Airport near Nagoya, which is scheduled to open in 2/05. Intends to operate daily service to Seoul and Shanghai from Chebu and is considering opening routes to other parts of Asia, expecially China. The new airport is being constructed on a manmade island roughly 20 miles from Nagoya. Chubu, which will take over most flights now operated to Komaki International Airport, will feature a single 11,300-ft runway and will be capable of handling up to 20 Million passengers/year. Plans call for a 2nd runway of 13,000 ft in the future.
December 2003: Asia's 2nd largest airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) stated it is not interested in buying any of Airbus's ambitious new A380 superjumbos. (ANA) is concerned about the risk of purchasing an airplane of unprecedented size and stated it would stick with the 747 for at least the next 10 years. The big question is whether the customer is happy. Even with the 747 one has to wait with a lot of people in the lounge and boarding is a crazy stress. Baggage and passenger handling is already enough chaos.
January 2004: Star Alliance (SAL) (All Nippon Airways (ANA) is 1 of 15 members) signed a 5-year Information Technology (IT) accord with (BEA) Systems Inc, San Jose, California, an application infrastructure software firm. The contract gives (SAL)'s 15 members "the opportunity to introduce (BEA)'s innovative application platform suite at a cost no single airline would be able to negotiate" said Michael Stagl, Star (CIO). United Airlines (UAL), Lufthansa (DLH), & Singapore Airlines (SIA), as well as (SAL) itself have developed ticketing, baggage handling, and loyalty software applications on the (BEA) WebLogic platform in recent years. Under the new agreement, (BEA) WebLogic Server and (BEA) WebLogic Integration become Star's preferred application server and integration software.
Signs definitive service agreement with Boeing for installation of Conexion mobile Internet service on (ANA)'s long-haul fleet. The deal was augmented by an agreement with (SES) American for satellite coverage over the N Pacific region to be used by (ANA) and other global air carriers.
February 2004: In 3/04, Tokyo (Narita (NRT) - Hangzhou (4/week). Osaka (Kansai) - Hangzhou (3/week). (NRT) - Shenyang (3/week). In 2/05, Central Japan International Airport (Chubu) - Shanghai/Seoul.
Converted 2 options for Bombardier Dash 8-Q400's (now 8, with 3 delivered).
March 2004: Code share with Air China (BEJ), including marketing & operations agreement, plus frequent flyer miles accrual, Tokyo Narita & Osaka Kansai to Beijing & Shanghai, including (ANA)'s 56 weekly flights, (BEJ)'s 39 weekly flights, and Hangzhou - Tokyo Osaka. In 5/04, to resume Sendai - Hakkodate, Sapporo (CTS) - Shonai. In 6/04, Nagoya - Wakkanai.
Operated its last 767-281 (23142) service, Oita - Tokyo (HND). Sold to Marubeni for delivery to (ABX) Air.
April 2004: 12,772 employees.
$6 BILLION, 50 orders (2/08) 787's as launch customer: 787-3's short range (heavily traveled domestic routes), 300 PAX, & 787-8's long-range (international routes, such as Tokyo to the West Coast of the USA), 230 PAX. +4 orders Bombardier Dash 8-Q400's (PW150A), 74Y, for total fleet of 12. Will be used for code share with Naka Nihon Airlines on short-haul domestic routes from Nagoya's Central Japan International Airport, which opens in 2/05.
767-381ER (920-33506, JA612A), delivery.
May 2004: 747SR-81 (477-22293), sold to Boeing (TBC). DHC-8-402 (4091), delivery.
June 2004: Resume Osaka (KIX) - Memanbetsu (A320, daily). Sapporo (CTS) - Kagoshima (737-500, daily). Osaka (KIX) - Wakkanai (737-500, daily). In 7/04, Osaka (ITM) - Kushiro (A320, daily). Sapporo (CTS) - Takamatsu (767-300, daily). In 8/04, code share with Singapore Airlines (SIA), Singapore to Tokyo Narita, Osaka Kansai, Nagoya, & Fukuoka. In 2/05, Nagoya (Chubu) - Seoul (Incheon) (A320/A321, daily), Shanghai (Pudong) (767-300ER, daily).
Star (SAL) Alliance: Air Canada (ACN); Air New Zealand (ANZ); All Nippon Airways (ANA); Asiana Airlines (AAR); Austrian Airlines (AUL); Blue 1 (applicant); bmi (BMA); (LOT) Polish Airlines; Lufthansa (DLH); Scandinavian Airlines (SAS); Singapore Airlines (SIA); South African Airways (SAA) (applicant); Spanair (SPP); (TAP) Portugal (applicant); Thai Airways (TII); United Airlines (UAL); US Airways (USA); & Varig (VAR).
Is planning to set up a low-cost unit, to operate 737NG's on short-haul routes.
777-281 (33406, JA711A), delivery.
July 2004: 45 shipset orders of blended winglets from Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) for its 737-700's on order with deliveries in 10/05.
August 2004: Plans to launch a low-cost carrier on Japan's SW island of Kyushu soon, using 2 737-500's, 130 PAX (called "Next Airlines") to replace some of the routes presently flown by Air Nippon (ANK). Will operate 100 flights/day by 2007.
Code share with Singapore Airlines (SIA), Tokyo (NRT) - Singapore and Singapore - Tokyo (NRT)/Osaka (KIX)/Fukuoka.
In 11/04, to switch a 767-300 to a 747-400 for Bangkok - Tokyo Narita (2/day). In 2/05, Nagoya - Seoul (daily).
+2 orders Bombardier Dash 8-Q400's for total 14. 767-381ER (924-33507, JA613A) delivery.
September 2004: (ARINC)'s Asia/Pacific division was awarded contracts to Korean Air (KAL), Japan Airlines (JAL), Asiana Airlines (AAR), and All Nippon Airways (ANA) with (ARINC)'s iMuse common-use passenger technology at Korea's Gimpo International Airport.
All 4 USA airlines that fly 777's over the N Pacific ocean: American Airlines (AAL), Continental Airlines (CAL), Delta Airlines (DAL), & United Airlines (UAL), plus All Nippon Airways (ANA), Singapore Airlines (SIA), & Korean Air (KAL) are flying 207-minute (ETOPS). Boeing twin-engine airplanes have dominated flights over the North Atlantic ocean and are now expected to dominate the Pacific. With the current trend of 390 Pacific (ETOPS) flights/day and rising, Pacific (ETOPS) flights will soon outnumber those over the Atlantic ocean.
Begins using Aspect Communications Corp's Aspect Call Center and Aspect Contact Server technology.
In 3/05, plans to launch a low-cost subsidiary called "Air Next," using 2 737-500's, 126Y, based in Fukuoka and operate within the islands of Kyushu & Okinawa. Air Next will offer standard (ANA) in-flight service, as distinct from overseas low-cost carriers.
747SR-81 (511-22594, JA8152) sold to Boeing (TBC). 767-281 (171-23434, JA8255) sold to ABX Air (ABX).
October 2004: Selects Rolls Royce (RRC) Trent 1000 for its 50 orders 787's with engine order valued at $1 Billion.
747SR-81 (516-22595) sold to Boeing (TBC). 777-281 (495-33407, JA712A) delivery.
November 2004: Signed an agreement with Boeing's Integrated Materials Management (IMM) solution, whereby Boeing will be responsible for the purchasing, inventory management and logistics for a number of All Nippon Airways (ANA)'s expendable airplane parts. Boeing and other suppliers will own the parts, which will be stored at a location near the airline's operations center until needed. (ANA) will pay for the parts only as it uses them, "thereby significantly reducing its inventory holding costs and improving its return on assets."
In 12/04, will launch joint e-ticketing with United Airlines (UAL).
747SR-81 (481-22294), sold to (TBC). 1st 777-381ER (488-28281, JA731A) delivery, equipped with "Connexion by Boeing" broadband Internet service.
January 2005: Mineo Yamamoto, (35-year veteran of All Nippon Airways (ANA) President & (CEO) effective 4/05, succeeds Yoji Ohashi, who becomes Chairman, succeeding Kichisaburo Nomura who will be appointed Executive Advisor.
February 2005: $660 Million 2 orders 777-300ER's and converts a previous order for 2 767-300ER's to 2 777-300ER's.
March 2005: Star (SAL) Alliance partners (TAP) Portugal, All Nippon Airways (ANA), bmi (BMA), Lufthansa (DLH), Thai International (TII), Adria Airways (ADR), & Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) will all start using Terminal 1 at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) which will have 8 Million passengers/year and will become a minihub for these carriers.
Serves 9 cities in China with 92 frequencies/week. Will start flights to Guangzhou as soon as possible.
777-281 (32647, JA713A), delivery.
April 2005: 12,277 employees.
Code share with Qatar Airways (QTA) on (QTA) flights, Doha to Osaka and (ANA) flights Osaka Kansai to Tokyo Haneda, Fukuoka, & Sapporo.
2004 FY (ANA) Group = +# Y 26.9 Billion/+$254.2 Million (+25%) (+# Y 24.7 Billion). Projects 2005 FY = +# Y 10 Billion.
767-381ER (33508, JA614A), delivery. 777-381ER (27038, JA732A), delivery.
May 2005: 747SR-81 (572-22712) traded in to Boeing (TBC).
June 2005: 767-281 (23431, JA8251) returned from Air Do (HIA). 777-281 (28276, JA714A), delivery.
July 2005: Decides to sell its 27.6% share in Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) to fellow major shareholder global logistics company, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), who holds 27.6% of (NCA). All Nippon Airways (ANA) is selling its stake because it wishes to pursue a different strategy in the cargo market in the future than does (NYK). (NCA) will become a consolidated subsidiary of (NYK). The sale is expected to be completed by the end of 8/05.
August 2005: 12,091 employees (-1.5%).
September 2005: All Nippon Airways (ANA) customers by the end of September will be able to use a single e-ticket when traveling on (ANA) and connecting to flights of any of the 11 Star (SAL) Alliance partner airlines. Currently, (ANA) e-tickets are valid for connections on 9 (SAL) carriers: Air Canada (ACN), Air New Zealand (ANZ), Asiana Airlines (AAR), Austrian Airlines (AUL), bmi (BMA), (LOT) Polish Airlines, Singapore Airlines (SIA), Thai Airways (TII), and United Airlines (UAL). Lufthansa (DLH) and Varig (VAR) will be added by month's end.
Narita International Airport Corporation finalized a previously announced agreement with airlines on a new system that will reduce landing charges significantly at the airport. The charges, effective October 1 will be based upon noise levels generated by airplane types. Fees for the quietest airplanes (Category A) will be >-31% lower than the present level, but even the noisiest airplanes (Category F) will see a reduction of -15%. Airplanes such as the A340 and 777 fit into Category A while the 767 is in category B and the 747-200 is in category F. Overall, landing charges will be reduced by an average of 22%; however, the airport is eliminating free airplane parking and will begin charging for the use of boarding bridges and arrival baggage handling facilities "in line with other airports around the world." It estimated the total package of new charges will cut $55 million a year from airlines' costs.
Narita International Airport Corporation finalized a previously announced agreement with airlines on a new system that will reduce landing charges significantly at the airport. The charges, effective October 1, will be based upon noise levels generated by airplane types. Fees for the quietest airplanes (Category A) will be more than -31% lower than the present level, but even the noisiest airplanes (Category F) will see a reduction of -15%. Airplanes such as the A340 and 777 fit into Category A while the 767 is in category B and the 747-200 is in category F. Overall, landing charges will be reduced by an average of -22%; however, the airport is eliminating free aircraft parking and will begin charging for the use of boarding bridges and arrival baggage handling facilities "in line with other airports around the world." It estimated the total package of new charges will cut -$55 million a year from airlines' costs.
Alteon Training and 787 launch customer (ANA) will establish a Tokyo Training Center at Haneda as part of the Alteon global training support network for the Dreamliner. The center will house a full flight simulator, flat-panel simulator, desktop systems, courseware and instructors and will be ready by the 1st quarter of 2008. The 1st 787 training center to be announced by Alteon primarily will serve (ANA) but will be available to all 787 operators.
(ANA) in cooperation with Japan Post, the Japanese postal system, intends to launch a cargo airline. Under terms of a strategic agreement signed by (ANA) President and CEO Mineo Yamamoto and Japan Post President Masaharu Ikuta, the companies will "cooperate in the field of international air cargo services from April 1, 2006, including participating in the airline venture and the joint development of international express courier services particularly to the growing Asian market."
(ANA), which sold its 27.6% stake in Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) last summer, will own two-thirds of the new airline with Japan Post holding the remaining 3rd. (ANA) noted that the cooperation has become possible owing to the privatization of Japan Post, which was approved on October 14 and will be completed in 2007.
(ANA) said it intends to increase its penetration of the cargo market "significantly" with the delivery of new freighter airplane at the end of this year and the beginning of 2006. The venture with Japan Post will bring its goal "to make air cargo one of its three core businesses, alongside domestic and international passenger transportation, closer to reality."
Yamamoto said, "This is just the start. Moving forward we will explore new ways in which we can strengthen the cooperation between Japan Post and (ANA)."
October 2005: Discover the World Marketing will handle sales and marketing for All Nippon Airways (ANA) subsidiary Air Nippon (ANK) in Taiwan beginning this month. Discover also represents (ANA) in a number of Latin American markets.
747-281B (23501) spld to Air Universal (UVL), Jordan. 777-381ER (529-32648, JA733A), delivery.
November 2005: All Nippon Airways (ANA) will move into the new South Wing of Narita Airport Terminal 1 in June 2006, along with fellow Star Alliance members Air Canada (ACN), Asiana Airlines (AAR), Austrian Airlines (AUL), Lufthansa (DLH), Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Thai International (TII), United Airlines (UAL), and Varig (VAR).
(ANA) Group's profit of +¥19.7 billion/+$170.3 million for the fiscal 1st half ended Sept 30 was down -34% from +¥29.8 billion earned in the year-ago period owing to the adoption of asset impairment accounting methods. However, the company reported record revenue of ¥690.9 billion and a record operating profit of +¥69.5 billion for the 1st half of the fiscal year, up +16.4% from +¥59.7 billion in 2004.
According to figures released by (ANA) Group, passenger numbers grew +3.2%, which the carrier attributed partly to the newly opened Haneda Terminal 2, the Aichi World Expo in Nagoya and inflight products like Super Seat Premium, a domestic business class service. Group airlines carried +25.2 million passengers >29.5 billion RPKs (passenger traffic) in the 6-month period, while domestic and international cargo operations posted revenue increases of +¥115 million and +¥2.9 billion respectively over the year-ago period.
(ANA) forecast an additional +¥28.5 billion in fuel costs over the next 6 months, limiting its (FY) net profit forecast to +¥10 billion on revenue of ¥1.326 trillion.
Separately, (ANA) said that with the introduction of 737-700s in January, it will add a 2nd cabin class, "Premium Economy Asia," on international services using the type. The 1st airplane to offer the configuration will enter service January 10 between Nagoya (Centrair) and Taipei. The new class features a special seat that converts into a table in the middle of 3 standard economy seats. According to (ANA), Premium Economy Asia will offer +20% more seat width and greater personal space. Up to 35 seats can be created in line with demand simply by converting 18 seats into center tables. The service also will be available to passengers purchasing full-fare coach tickets. (ANA)'s domestic 737-700s will be operated in a single-class configuration seating 136.
Boeing said (ANA) has launched the 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter program with a firm agreement for 3 passenger-to-freighter conversions and options for +4 conversions. (ANA) is launch customer for the 787, which is expected to replace its 767 fleet. The 3 767BCFs will be re-delivered to (ANA) between December 2007 and October 2008. Boeing will determine a modification site for the prototype airplane at a later date.
To date, 767 passenger-to-freighter conversions have been performed by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), although all of these are believed to have been 767-200s. Varig (VAR) Engineering & Maintenance (VEM) also has converted 767-200s via a partnership with (IAI). (Timco) converted 20 ex-(ANA) 767-200s, but these airplanes do not have a main deck cargo door installation. Boeing previously licensed Aeronavali (ARP) of Italy to offer a 767-200F, although it is not clear whether any orders have been received.
(ANA) took delivery of the 1st of 45 737-781s (33916, JA01AN) in Seattle. 767-381F (33509, JA602F), delivery.
December 2005: All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) will remove high-pressure turbine (HPT) blades from 88 (PW4000)s powering their respective 777 fleets. (JAL)/(JAS) will spend ¥4.3 billion/$36.8 million to replace (HPT)s in 46 engines while (ANA) will replace blades in 42 engines for ¥5.2 billion, Mainichi Daily News reported. Pratt & Whitney has been working with operators for some time to address the problem with the blades, which are subject to corrosion. Increased inspection and gradual replacement has been the preferred strategy, but 2 (ANA) 777s experienced in-flight engine shutdowns (IFSD) last fall while a (JAL) airplane had an (IFSD) in August. All airplanes diverted and landed safely and the problems were traced to the faulty blades.
3 orders A320-200's (CFM56-5B4/P) and 2 A320-200s, leased.
January 2006: (ANA) Group yesterday raised its profit outlook for the fiscal year ending March 31 to +¥17 billion/+$144.8 million as it reported consolidated net earnings of +¥10.18 billion for the 3rd quarter ended December 31 (its 10th consecutive profitable quarter).
In the year-ago period, (ANA) earned +¥5.2 billion. It originally forecast that it would earn +¥10 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2006.
The company attributed its profit growth to increased international passenger revenue, including "robust" demand for business travel, and domestic service enhancements like new seating, expansion of its Super Seat Premium product and its move to the new terminal at Tokyo Haneda.
Third-quarter operating profit dipped -4.6% to +¥20.37 billion despite a +6.9% rise in operating revenue to ¥347.27 billion. Operating expenses for the quarter were ¥261.9 billion, with an additional ¥65 billion for general and administrative costs. No year-ago comparison was provided.
"Despite posting our highest ever nine-month revenue and second highest ever operating profit, operating profit and net profit were adversely affected by continued high oil prices, adding almost +¥12 billion to our costs in the third quarter alone," Senior VP-Financial Tomohiro Hidema explained.
Third-quarter domestic passenger traffic grew +3.4% to 9.94 billion (RPK)s, capacity climbed +1.2% to 15.21 billion (ASK)s and load factor increased +1.5 points to 65.4% LF. Internationally, traffic decreased -1.8% to 4.74 billion (RPK)s, capacity rose +1.5% to 6.38 billion (ASK)s and load factor dropped -2.6 points to 74.3% LF. (ANA) said "growth in international passenger revenue was attributed to a +7.2% improvement in unit price."
Over the nine-month period, profits fell -14.8% to +¥29.91 billion. Operating revenue climbed +5.6% to ¥1.04 trillion and operating expenses increased +6.1% to ¥757.21 billion, driving up operating income +10.9% to +¥89.95 billion.
1st 11 months international = Passenger traffic 15.992B (RPK) (-1.2%); Freight traffic 931.51M (FTK) (+2.8%); 3.37M passengers (+2.6%).
All Nippon Airways (ANA) filed an application with Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to raise the fuel surcharge on international fares from March 1, saying it has "little choice but to reluctantly ask customers [to] share this burden." Sample surcharges include to ¥8,000/$69.41 from ¥5,000 on routes to Europe, North America and the Middle East; to ¥6,500 from ¥3,600 on routes to Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, and to ¥3,900 from ¥1,300 on routes to China (over 2,000 km), Taipei, Guam and Vietnam and from ¥1,200 to Hong Kong. (ANA) said the surcharges will be reduced again if the market price of Singapore kerosene falls below $65 per barrel for 30 consecutive days and discontinued altogether if the price dips below $40.
(ANA)'s new cargo airline joint venture with Japan Post will operate as (ANA) & JP Express or (AJV), with flights scheduled to begin in August with three 767Fs. (AJV) will add four airplanes, including three converted (ANA) 767s, by October 2008. It will be wholly owned by (ANA) until April, when Japan Post will take a 33.3% stake pending government approval. At the same time, Nippon Express, a global logistics company, will take 10% and shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines will take 5%. (ANA) will retain 51.7%. It has named Senior VP, Cargo Marketing and Services, Kenkichi Honbo to head the new airline.
(ANA) will launch express courier services and expand its overnight cargo schedule using its new (AJV) subsidiary. It specifically is targeting North America, which it will begin servicing in October. Cargo flights will be launched from Osaka Kansai to Shanghai twice-weekly from March and from Nagoya to Chicago via Anchorage twice-weekly from October, all aboard 767-300Fs.
Separately, as part of its corporate plan for the coming 2006 - 2007 fiscal year, (ANA) said it will focus on placing "greater emphasis on the network carrier model." Internationally, it will increase frequencies with newer airplanes like the 737-700, introduce smaller airplanes on more routes to China including A320s from Tokyo Narita, and enhance its presence at the hubs of its Star Alliance partners. It will switch to the new South Wing of Narita Terminal 1 in June.
(ANA) will boost its 767-300ER Narita - Taipei service to 11 times weekly from 10 from March 26 and alter service from Osaka Kansai to Dalian from weekly to twice-weekly from March 26 aboard 767-300ERs, to Xiamen from twice-weekly aboard 767-300ERs to four-times-weekly aboard 737-700s from March 26, and to Qingdao to 737-700s from 767-300ERs from March 27. On transpacific routes to San Francisco and Washington, it will switch from 777-200ERs to 777-300ERs featuring updated interiors including inflight Internet and e-mail via Connexion by Boeing. Revamped 777-200ERs will be returned to the (SFO) route in July.
Domestically, (ANA) will invest in brand promotion while increasing service from Osaka's three regional airports and codesharing with Skynet Asia Airways (SNU).
All Nippon Airways (ANA) said it will retire its last 747SR March 10 following a flight from Kagoshima to Tokyo Haneda. The carrier's first 747SR took flight 27 years ago. It was the first airplane to carry 500 passengers in an all-economy configuration. At one point, (ANA) operated a fleet of 23 of the type.
Boeing announced that it will develop a new derivative of the 737-700 on the strength of an order conversion from (ANA) for two 737-700ER airplanes. Inspired by the BBJ, the 737-700ER mates the -700's fuselage with the wings and landing gear of the 737-800. When equipped with up to nine optional auxiliary fuel tanks and optional blended winglets, it will have a range of 5,510 nm (10,200 km), 2,145 nm farther than the standard 737-700. When optimized for maximum range, the airplane will carry fewer than the 149Y passengers a standard 737-700 can carry in a one-class configuration, a Boeing spokesperson said.
First delivery is scheduled for early 2007. The two 737-700ERs are part of a larger order from (ANA) for 45 737-700s announced in 2003.
737-781 (33872, JA02AN), delivery.
February 2006: All Nippon Airways (ANA) concluded a (CFM56-5B) engine deal. (ANA) selected the engine to power five A320-200s in an order valued at $60 million. The airplanes, three of which were ordered last year and two of which will be leased are scheduled for delivery beginning in 2007. (ANA) already operates 28 (CFM)-powered A320-200s.
Tokyo Narita handled 31.5 million passengers in 2005, a +1% rise over the previous year. Narita said passenger numbers were up slightly to and from China, Europe and North America. The number of international passenger arrivals rose +3% to 8.04 million.
All Nippon Airways (ANA's board of directors decided to sell 230.5 million shares of common stock, with an overallotment option of 19.5 million additional shares. The shares constitute about 14% of (ANA)'s outstanding stock and are worth approximately ¥109.6 billion/$929.7 million, according to news reports. The subscription period is scheduled for March 6 - 8.
Star Alliance member carriers at Paris (CDG) Terminal 1 have begun moving into new check-in Hall 4, the alliance announced last week. Thai Airways (TII) and bmi (BMA) already are using the new Star Alliance facilities and Adria Airways (ADR), All Nippon Airways (ANA), Croatia Airlines (CRH), (LOT) Polish Airlines, Lufthansa (DLH) and (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines will relocate by the end of the month. There are 24 check-in desks currently available. Singapore Airlines (SIA), United Airlines (UAL), US Airways (AMW)/(USA) and Varig (VAR) will start making use of the new facilities in 2008 once additional areas of the terminal are refurbished. Star Alliance-branded self-service check-in units will become available in March to customers of select alliance carriers.
Japan has opened its 97th airport at Kobe, the site of a devastating earthquake 11 years ago. The $2.6 billion airport will be used by Japan's three air carriers - - Japan Airlines (JAS), All Nippon Airways (ANA), and Skymark Airlines (SKM) - - for domestic flights from its single 8,250-ft runway. Kobe city expects 3.19 million passengers in its first full year of operation, and it is hoped the airport will help rebuild an economy devastated by the January 1995 force 7.2 quake that killed more than 6,400 people. The airport has been dubbed "Marine Air" in Japan, as it is built on reclaimed land with a view of the ocean. It is the second major airport to be opened in the country in the past 12 months, with Chubu Centrair International Airport beginning operations near the city of Nagoya in February 2005. The Kobe airport opening is expected to increase pressure on nearby Kansai International Airport, which has suffered a fall in domestic flights in the past year, in addition to the Japan Railways, which is planning to add three bullet trains between Tokyo and Kobe from late March in a bid to stay competitive.
Meantime, a report by Japan's Bureau of Audit found that many recently-opened regional airports were struggling to meet passenger forecasts. These included Noto Airport, which opened in 2003 off Hokkaido Island and is currently handling 151,000 passengers, less than half the initial estimates, and Odate-Noshiro Airport, which opened the same year in northern Japan and is handling less than a quarter of initial estimates.
737-781 (33873, JA03AN) & 767-381ERF (33510, JA603F), deliveries.
March 2006: (ANA) Group, on the back of higher traffic and strong long-haul premium class business to the USA and Europe, raised its net profit forecast to +¥23 billion/+$196.8 million for the fiscal year ending March 31. The final quarter will be its 11th consecutive profitable quarter. On January 31, (ANA) said it expected a consolidated operating profit of +¥78.5 billion on revenues of ¥1.35 trillion but it now expects an operating profit of +¥86 billion on revenues of ¥1.37 trillion. Other factors in the improvement are domestic service enhancements such as new seating, expansion of its Super Seat Premium product to more routes and its move into the new terminal at Tokyo Haneda.
All Nippon Airway (ANA)'s codeshare agreement with Skynet Asia Airways (SNU) will commence April 1 and calls for the placement of (ANA)'s code on (SNU) flights from Tokyo Haneda to Miyazaki, Kumamoto and Nagasaki. (SNU) flights will be available through (ANA) sales and reservation systems. In addition, (SNU) will move from Terminal 1 at Haneda to (ANA)'s Terminal 2, where its customers will have access to (ANA)'s self-serve check-in and ticketing kiosks.
(ANA) said it concluded a cargo codeshare agreement with Star Alliance partner Asiana (AAR) to take effect April 1. It covers 18 weekly flights - - 10 operated by (ANA), eight by Asiana (AAR) - - between Japan and Korea and is the first such accord between the two countries. (ANA) also agreed to link frequent-flier programs with future Star member Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) as the first step in a strategic partnership set to begin April 1 when Swiss (CSR) becomes a member.
After 27 years of service (ANA) operated the final 747-100SR (Short Range) flight between Kagoshima and Tokyo's Haneda Airport.
737-781 (33874, JA04AN) & 777-281ER (32646, JA734A), deliveries.
April 2006: The Star Alliance is working on collective specifications for the 787, Air New Zealand (ANZ) CEO, Rob Fyfe said during the group's meeting in Johannesburg earlier this week. The alliance has a working group including member airlines Lufthansa (DLH), All Nippon Airways (ANA), Singapore Airlines (SIA), (ANZ), Air Canada (ACN) and (LOT) Polish Airlines negotiating with Boeing on a wide spectrum of specifications ranging from cockpit configuration through galley configuration and seat pitch. Individual carriers would buy the airplanes, "but a far-reaching commonality in the specifications facilitates the seasonal airplane swapping between members," Fyfe noted, adding there is also a cost benefit. "The more you have commonality in your requirements, the more that Boeing will look to feed those issues into the base design, rather than having to do them as add-on incremental." Economies of scale are an additional advantage.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Swiss International Air Lines (CSR), members of Star Alliance, will codeshare on Tokyo - Zurich services beginning June 2. (ANA) will place its code on six weekly flights operated by Swiss (CSR). The carriers said they will explore codesharing on Japanese domestic flights going forward.
May 2006: All Nippon Airways (ANA) operates to 49 scheduled domestic and 22 international routes on 4 continents.
Employees = 12,523.
(IATA) Code: NH - 205. (ICAO) Code: ANA - ALL NIPPON.
Parent organization/shareholders: Private shareholders (146,154) (76.3%); Nagoya Railroad (7%); Sumitomo Trust & Banking (3.2%); Kyoei Life Insurance (2.3%); Tokyo Marine & Fire Insurance (2.1%); Asahai Shimbun (1.7%); Dowa Fire & Marine Insurance (1.6%); Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi (1.5%); Sakura Bank (1.5%); Kokusai Kogyo (1.4%); & Tokyu Corp (1.4%).
Owns: Air Central (55%); Air Hokkaido (80%); Air Japan (100%); Air Next (100%); & Air Nippon (ANK) (100%).
Alliances: Star Alliance; Air Central; Air China (BEJ); Air Japan; IBEX Airlines; Malaysia Airlines (MAS); Mexicana (CMA); Qatar Airways (QTA); Shanghai Airlines (SHA); SkyNet Asia Airlines (SNP); & Vietnam Airlines (VIE).
Hubs: Tokyo Narita International (NRT); & Osaka Kansai International (KIX); Tokyo International (HND); & Osaka Itami (ITM).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Akita; Asahikawa; Fukue; Fukuoka; Fukushima; Hachijo Jima; Hakodate; Hiroshima; Ishigaki; Iwami; Kagoshima; Kochi; Komatsu; Kumamoto; Kushiro; Matsuyama;; Memambetsu; Miyake Jima; Miyako; Miyazaki; Monbetsu; Nagasaki; Nagoya; Nakashibetsu; Niigata; Odata Noshiro; Oita; Okayama; Okinawa; Osaka; Oshima; Rishiri; Saga; Sapporo; Sendai; Shonai; Takamatsu; Tokushima; Tokyo; Tottori; Toyama; Tsushima; Ube; Wajima; Wakkanai; & Yonago.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Bangkok; Beijing; Chengdu; Chicago; Chongqing; Dalian; Doha; Frankfurt; Guam; Hangzhou; Hangzhou; Ho Chi Minh City; Hong Kong; Honolulu; Kuala Lumpur; London; Los Angeles; New York; Paris; Qingdao; San Francisco; Seattle; Seoul; Shanghai; Shenyang; Shenzhen; Singapore; Toronto; Vancouver; Vienna; Washington; & Xiamen.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) Group posted net income of +¥26.7 billion/+$233.1 million for its fiscal year ended March 31, a -0.9% decrease from income of +¥26.9 billion the previous year, but a performance considered a success by the Japanese airline company given rising fuel costs and other negative factors. "(ANA) was able to achieve record revenues and operating profit . . . despite a number of factors beyond our control, such as a severe winter, which saw many cancellations on our domestic services; anti-Japan demonstrations in China last April, which until very recently, adversely affected leisure traffic between Japan and China; and the continued high price of kerosene," President and CEO, Mineo Yamamoto said.
The company recorded record annual revenues of ¥1.36 trillion, up +5.9% compared to the previous fiscal year, and a +14% increase in operating profit to +¥88.8 billion.
All business segments within the group - - airline, travel services, hotels and other businesses - - recorded net profits for the year. Group airlines reported a +6.2% gain in revenues to ¥1.13 trillion and an +8.9% increase in operating profit to +¥74.1 billion. International passenger revenues were up +8.8% to a record ¥229.2 billion while domestic passenger revenues grew +4% to ¥685 billion.
For the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2007, (ANA) forecasts a net profit of +¥27 billion on revenues of ¥1.42 trillion.
777-281ER (32646, JA715A), delivery.
June 2006: All Nippon Airways (ANA) will resume nonstop service from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Chicago's O'Hare Airport at the end of October 2006. The airline is planning to operate a daily flight.
Opening of the fourth runway at Tokyo Haneda in late 2009 will present (ANA) with new growth opportunities, but also increased challenges, including the arrival of low-fare airlines, President and CEO, Mineo Yamamoto said. "We think we will see Low Cost Carriers (LCC)s in Haneda in 2009," he told journalists in Tokyo at an event organized by Star Alliance. Speaking through a translator, he noted that current plans call for the number of operational slots at the airport to increase by 40% vis-a-vis the current level to 407,000 annually.
(ANA) accepts that it will lose some travelers to budget carriers, but intends to maintain focus on higher-yield passengers. However, this may not be possible. "What we are most afraid of," Yamamoto explained, is that Japan Airlines (JAL) "will follow the strategy of (LCC)s like Skymark (SKM) and enter the low-fare quagmire." He said (ANA) is studying launching a domestic low-fare airline, although it appeared from his remarks that this more likely would be a countermeasure.
The carrier also is concerned that Tiger Airways (TGR) or another Southeast Asian (LCC) will be given slots at Haneda to operate discount flights in Asia. (ANA) is evaluating using Air Japan, its leisure/holiday airline, to counter this threat. In this case, it would look at opening a base in Bangkok or Singapore, staffed with foreign cockpit and cabin crews.
In spite of the concern over (LCC)s, Yamamoto said that (ANA) is asking the Japanese government to double the number of new slots dedicated to international operations at Haneda from 30,000 to 60,000 annually. Currently, very few international operations are permitted at the airport. He would like to see it opened to short-haul international destinations that will support direct service and mentioned Shanghai as one example. He agreed that splitting operations between two airports is not the best solution but noted that Narita operations average load factors of "over 80% LF."
Yamamoto observed that 2006 marks the 20th year of international service for (ANA) and confirmed that the airline lost money on the routes for most of this period. It is focused on routes with strong business demand and rules out primarily leisure destinations. China represents its strongest international market, while it is pursuing a "partner hub" strategy on long-haul services - - for example, flying into Frankfurt where Star ally Lufthansa (DLH) offers both feed and connections.
In what (ANA) President and CEO, Mineo Yamamoto described as a "great day for (ANA) and the Star Alliance, and the dawn of a new age" for air travel in Japan, 10 of the 11 Star Alliance airlines serving Tokyo Narita begin operating today from co-located facilities in the airport's Terminal 1 South Wing. Star members that moved overnight into the newly rebuilt terminal are (ANA), Air Canada (ACN), Asiana Airlines (AAR), Austrian Airlines (AUL), Lufthansa (DLH), (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines (CSR), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Thai Airways (TII), and United Airlines (UAL). Air New Zealand (ANZ), which has a codesharing relationship with Japan Airlines (JAL), remains in Terminal 2.
Bringing the carriers under one roof will result in international-to-international connecting times being reduced more than -50% from 110 minutes to 45 minutes and create "huge opportunities" to develop domestic connections with (ANA), according to Star CEO, Jaan Albrecht. In total, the 10 airlines offer more than 794 weekly flights to 30 destinations in 15 countries from Narita.
Among the many firsts in the spacious and attractive South Wing, are common "zone check-in" areas for all carriers save (SIA), with check-in areas organized by class of travel across the airlines. The hall features a record 126 common-use self-service check-in kiosks and common-use check-in desks. (ARINC) is the technology vendor for both.
Travelers on (ANA), United (UAL), Air Canada (ACN) and Austrian (AUL) can use the kiosks, which are equipped with passport readers. By year end, Star expects passengers on any of the 10 member carriers to be able to check in via the kiosks. The new terminal also offers curbside check-in, a first for Japan, and the country's first baggage reconnecting facility for passengers connecting from an international to a domestic flight.
Additional and upgraded premium lounges are part of the package, as is a new pier with eight attached airbridges. (ANA) has four lounges with shower facilities, which it claims is a first for a Japanese carrier. Its domestic arrivals lounge also is equipped with showers.
This is the third and largest "Move Under One Roof" exercise for Star. Last year, it brought carriers at Paris Charles de Gaulle T1 together and Star members at Centrair near Nagoya also are co-located.
(ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) face a limited 24-hour strike on June 21 by some pilot (FC) unions "over dissatisfaction with the management stance on career progression," among other issues. International flights will not be affected, but up to 25% of domestic flights for both airlines will be impacted.
(ANA) took delivery of a 777-300ER, a 777-281ER (33414, JA716A) and a 737-700 at a ceremony at Boeing in Everett, Washington, USA.
(ANA) is moving forward with plans to build its fleet around twin-engine airplanes with the sale of six of its 23 747-400s to Avion Aircraft Trading of Iceland (AID). The airplanes are configured for both domestic routes (569 passengers) and international operations (from 287 passengers). (ANA) has been replacing the 747-400s on domestic routes with 777-300s seating 477 passengers. It is moving to smaller types such as the 777, 767 and 787 because of the addition of a second runway at Tokyo Narita and a planned fourth runway at Tokyo Haneda, which has reduced the requirement for larger types. (ANA) also said its strategy for the fiscal years 2006 - 2009 involves the introduction of new, more economical airplanes like the 737-700 and 787. It will retire two 747-400s per year, starting next year.
737-781 (33875, JA05AN), 777-281ER (33414, JA716A) & 777-381ER (34892, JA735A). deliveries.
July 2006: China and Japan reached an air services agreement that provides for a +20% increase in the number of passenger flights between the countries and a doubling of cargo services, Reuters reported. Thirteen carriers from each country will have access, up from the current six. The number of permitted flights will rise to 547 per week, with Chinese carriers operating 300.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) said it has become the first Japanese carrier to implement a Line Operations Safety Audit program. From the end of August, approximately 250 flights will be monitored by trained TLC observers based in Texas. The review process will take six months and be repeated every 3 - 5 years.
737-781 (33876, JA06AN), delivery.
August 2006: All Nippon Airways (ANA) cited continued economic recovery in Japan and "strong demand for individual and international business travel" for a more than threefold growth in net profit in the first fiscal quarter ended June 30. The carrier earned +¥7.6 billion/+$66.3 million compared to ¥2.1 billion in the year-ago period. It said it will not change its full-year forecast of ¥27 billion in earnings on revenues of ¥1.42 trillion because of fuel costs, which it said rose +¥9.5 billion in the first quarter.
Revenues climbed +10.5% year-over-year to ¥345.2 billion against an +8% increase in expenses, which the airline said was due mainly to "cost reduction measures relating to airplane operations." Operating profit jumped +66.1% to ¥19.5 billion from ¥11.7 billion.
Domestic passenger traffic grew +2.3% to 11 million passengers based on "particularly strong demand" for service to and from Tokyo Haneda, attractive fares and new product lines, such as its Super Seat Premium service. Load factor was 63.1% LF. International passenger numbers rose +16.2% to 1.1 million, thanks to increased business travel to Europe and North America. International load factor was 76.2% LF.
Alteon Training opened a new pilot (FC) and maintenance (MT) training facility at (ANA)'s Flight Training Center near Tokyo Haneda. (ANA) will make its simulators available to Alteon for third-party use, when the carrier is not using them. Alteon will install a 787 training suite at the facility by the first quarter of 2008.
Raytheon Aircraft Services signed a three-year extension with International Flight Training Academy to continue its Bonanza and Baron pilot training program in California for All Nippon Airways (ANA).
(ANA) and JP Express, a joint venture between (ANA) and Japan Post, launched operations with a Tokyo - Shanghai service via Osaka. The joint venture has one 767-300F but will build that fleet over the next year, launching flights to the USA this fall. The initial weekly schedule calls for 14 flights on 11 routes to 7 overseas destinations from 3 Japanese cities.
(ANA), Hawaiian Aviation Contract Services and Sojitz Corporation last week established a new Honolulu-based flightcrew (FC) leasing company called "Crew Resources Worldwide" that will provide pilots (FC) for (ANA) and other carriers.
Globe Air Cargo was appointed (ANA)'s cargo general sales agent in New York and Boston. (ANA) operates daily 777 service from Tokyo Narita to New York (JFK).
777-281ER (33415, JA717A), delivery.
September 2006: Tokyo Narita started construction on its 2nd runway, 16L/34R, which will be extended to 2,500 m from 2,180 m currently. The work, which is limited by ongoing runway operations and thus will not be completed until 2010, also will involve installation of additional taxiways. The project aims to increase the runway's capacity by 20,000 movements a year to 220,000.
(ANA) and Japan Airlines Group (JAL)/(JAS) announced changes to near-term corporate plans to place a higher emphasis on their China networks, with (JAL) stating that changes including "route suspensions, flight frequency adjustments and a review of airplane scheduling" will result in a ¥13.5 billion/$112.5 million income improvement in the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2007.
In its revised plan for 2006 - 2007, (ANA) said it will nearly double its flights from Tokyo to Xiamen and Qingdao, to a daily service using 767-300ERs and commence daily flights to Tianjing from Nagoya Centrair. It also is increasing its Osaka - Dalian service to 2x-weekly and Osaka - Xiamen from 3x- to 4x-weekly. The new services will start with the winter schedule on November 1. Also, (ANA) intends to launch daily service to Chicago from Tokyo October 29 with 777-300ERs feeding into Star partner United Airlines (UAL)'s network and double its 767-300ER flights to Singapore to 2x-daily.
For its part, (JAL) will increase frequencies between Japan and China by doubling flights on its Narita - Guangzhou route to 2x-daily. Narita - Xiamen will increase from 2x- to 4x-weekly and Nagoya - Guangzhou from 3x- to 7x-, all from October 29. (JAL) currently serves 12 cities in China on 29 routes with a total of 240x-weekly, expanding to 252 with the new schedule. It also will add an eighth weekly frequency to its Tokyo - Los Angeles (LAX) service from October 29. Its business (C) class Shell Flat Seat will become available on all flights between Japan and the USA mainland, following introduction of the seat on all Tokyo - (LAX) flights on November 4. Other international increases set for October 29, include Tokyo - Bangkok from 14x- to 21x-weekly using 777-300ERs and Tokyo - New Delhi from 3x- to 4x-weekly. It will suspend its Osaka - Brisbane - Sydney route March 24.
All Nippon Airways (ANA), which launched the 787 program with an order for 50, has chosen the industry's 1st commercial electric braking system, Goodrich (BFG) announced. "We anticipated demand for an alternative to traditional, hydraulically actuated braking and began the pursuit of electronically actuated braking more than a decade ago," Goodrich (BFG) Airframe Systems Segment President, Jack Carmola said. "The selection of our system by an airline such as (ANA) is an endorsement of the innovative technology we've introduced to the industry." (ANA) also chose Goodrich (BFG) to supply wheels for the airplanes.
(ANA), which recently took delivery of its 4th 767-300F, will launch Nagoya - Chicago freighter service via Anchorage. This new route will operate 6x a week including 2 that will return to Osaka's Kansai Airport.
767-381F (35709, JA604F) & 777-381ER (34893, JA736A), deliveries.
October 2006: All Nippon Airways (ANA) will exercise 2 of 4767-300BCF options with delivery by March 31, 2010, bringing the number of firm orders to 5. The airplane will be operated by (ANA) & JP Express on domestic services as well as short- and medium-haul Asian flights. (ANA)'s order launched the 767-300BCF program last year. The airline originally ordered 3 conversions in October 2005 and took options on an additional 4. The 1st (ANA) 767 is expected to begin passenger to cargo conversion in April 2007 and be redelivered in December 2007.
2 737-781's (33877, JA08AN; 33900, JA07AN) & 777-381ER (32650, JA777A), deliveries.
November 2006: All Nippon Airways (ANA) Group's profit of +¥33.2 billion/+$282.7 million for the 1st half of the fiscal year ended September 30, represented a +68.8% increase over the ¥19.7 billion earned in the year-ago period and the highest half-year profit in the carrier's 54-year history.
The year-over-year increase was due in part to an extraordinary loss in the previous fiscal year, resulting from a change in accounting methods, but also is "evidence of the recovering Japanese economy and the increasing demand for air travel within that, particularly business travel," according to the airline.
6-month revenues increased +9% to ¥752.8 billion against a +10.1% rise in expenses to ¥684 billion, dropping operating profit -1.2% to +¥68.7 billion. Fuel costs climbed +41%. (ANA)'s air transport segment posted revenues of ¥629.3 billion, up +9.8%, and an operating profit of ¥60.7 billion, down -3% from the year-ago semester.
The carrier flew 20.47 billion domestic (RPK)s passenger traffic during the 6 months, a year-over-year increase of +0.8%. Capacity lifted +1.7% to 31.46 billion (ASK)s and load factor dipped -0.6 point to 65.1% LF. International (RPK)s increased +7.9% to 10 billion against a +1.9% rise in capacity to 12.84 billion (ASK)s, raising load factor +4.4 points to 77.9% LF.
Revenues on the international operation soared +20% to ¥138.2 billion. (ANA) credited increased premium traffic, a new North American product, and the June move to Tokyo Narita's Terminal 1, with other Star (SAL) Alliance carriers, as factors in its international success.
(ANA) is maintaining its forecast for the full fiscal year, projecting +¥27 billion in net earnings and a +¥76 billion operating profit. Revenues and expenses are expected to rise by +30% each, compared to its April forecast, to ¥1.45 trillion and ¥1.37 trillion respectively, as high fuel prices are expected to counter "healthy demand."
Dash 8-402 (4135, JA853A), delivery.
December 2006: All Nippon Airways (ANA) issued a statement indicating that it is in the "final steps" of selling hotels and real estate worth approximately $952 million, according to "Reuters." (ANA) owns 13 Japanese hotels, that produced revenues of about $571 million in the fiscal year ended March 31.
(ANA) has agreed to sell 6 747-481s (24801; 24833; 24920; 25135; 28282; & 28283) to Avion Aircraft Trading for delivery at a rate of 2 per year, between 2007 and 2009. 4 will be converted to freighters for Air Atlanta Cargo (AID) and 2 will remain in passenger configuration for operation by "Travel City."
January 2007: (ANA) is named "Airline of the Year or 2007" by the Air Transport World (ATW)" magazine, see article above, recognizing (ANA)'s exemplary safety record, superb passenger service product, operational excellence, Information Technology (IT) innovation, and strong earnings performance.
Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) was awarded a contract by Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) to handle freight at London Stansted. The deal coincides with the appointment of Air Logistics as (NCA)'s General Sales Agent (GSA) in the UK. (NCA)'s cargo formerly was sold and handled by All Nippon Airways (ANA), but the carriers now are "pursuing separate cargo strategies," according to (WFS).
(ANA) announced that the South Pier of Tokyo Haneda's Terminal 2 will open February 15th, "completing the final phase of construction at the terminal, occupied almost exclusively by (ANA)." Currently, 70% of (ANA) flights are served through attached gates, and this will rise to 90% with the addition of the new pier. The South Pier will add approximately +11,000 sq m of space including a Starbucks, a Relaxation Corner with massage chairs, and a Business Support area equipped with computers, printers and photocopiers. In a 1st for Japan, 1 of the gates will be able to accommodate 1 wide/mediumbody airplane or 2 narrow bodies simultaneously.
(ANA) will launch a 36-seat, all-business-class (C) 737-700ER on the Tokyo Narita (NRT) - Mumbai route September 1, a move that underscores a focus on premium traffic that is a highlight of the corporate plan unveiled yesterday in Tokyo. The plan focuses on frequency, yield, capacity decreases and more daily services to China, which will see (ANA)'s 1st 737-700 BusinessJet enter Nagoya - Guangzhou service on March 1. That airplane is configured with Club (ANA) and Premium Economy seats (Y).
A320s also are part of the China ramp-up with the introduction of 20 business class seats (C). Double-daily flights will be introduced on (NRT) - Guangzhou to tap the "vigorous demand for business (C) travel to China." In order to match supply with demand, 767-300ERs on certain China routes (Nagoya - Shanghai, and Narita - Xiamen) will be replaced with A320s. Downsizing also will occur on (NRT) - London Heathrow with 777-300ERs replacing 747-400s. A 777-200ER will replace a 747-400 on the (NRT) - San Francisco route.
There will be increased frequency on 8 domestic routes, 6 will be dropped and frequencies will decline on another 8. During the year, (ANA) will receive 4 777-300ERs, 4 A320s and 7 737-700s, and will retire 2 747-400s, 1 767-300ER, 2 A321s and 2 A320s. Overall, international frequencies will rise +19% year-over-year and capacity (ASK)s will increase +9%. Domestic changes will result in static frequencies and capacity.
737-781 (33878, JA09AN), 767-381ER (35877, JA615A), 777-381ER (32651, JA778A), deliveries & A320-214 (2998, JA204A), (RBS) Aerospace leased.
February 2007: All Nippon Airways (ANA) Group cited more frequencies, increased business travel and a bullish Japanese economy for a record 9-month net profit of +¥42.6 billion/+$349.8 billion and record 9-month revenues of ¥1.13 trillion announced in Tokyo.
Earnings represent a +42.5% improvement over the +¥29.9 billion earned in the 1st 9 months of the previous fiscal year, while turnover rose +9.3% year-over-year. Profit for the fiscal 3rd quarter ended December 31, 2006, slipped -8.5% to ¥9.3 billion.
(ANA) Group, which includes hotels, travel and other businesses, reported ¥1.04 trillion in costs for the 9-month period, a +10% increase, and a +2% year-over-year rise in operating profit to +¥91.7 billion. A +¥39 billion increase in its fuel bill removed some of the shine from the result. The company attributed the fall in 3rd-quarter profit to 1-off disposals of airplanes and engine parts. Revenues rose +9.9% to ¥381.6 billion against a +9.7% increase in expenses to ¥358.7 billion, resulting in a +12.7% lift in operating profit to +¥22.9 billion.
Anchored by the "ATW Airline of the Year" award, (ANA), the group's air transport segment reported a nine-month operating profit of +¥79.7 billion, up +1.3% year-over-year, on a +10.7% hike in revenues to ¥949.9 billion. Domestic traffic grew +2.2% to 30.91 billion (RPK)s against a +2.1% rise in ASKs to 47.12 billion, leaving load factor at 65.6% LF. International (RPK)s gained +7.7% to 15.09 billion as (ASK)s climbed +3.7% to 19.68 billion and load factor rose +2.9 points to 76.7% LF. Turnover from international operations soared +21.2% to ¥209.7 billion.
In the 3rd quarter, the airline segment posted a +18% increase in operating profit to +¥19 billion on a +12.7% growth in revenues to ¥320.6 billion.
Looking forward, the group is revising its outlook for the fiscal year ending March 31. It is anticipating a net profit of +¥28 billion rather than ¥27 billion and an operating profit of +¥89 billion, raised from the October forecast of +¥76 billion.
Starting March 25th, new daily, Nagoya - Guangzhou, using 737-700s. Starting April 1st, Kobe - Kagoshima; Osaka (KIX) - Miyasaki; & Sapporo (CTS) - Memanbetsu; all 3 discontinued; Hiroshima - Sendai reduced to daily, using A320s; Nagoya - Fukuoka, reduced to 3/day; - Okinawa, reduced to 3/day; Okinawa - Ishigaki, increased to 11/day, using 737-500s; - Kobe, increased to 3/day; Osaka (ITM) - (CTS) reduced to daily; Osaka (KIX) - Fukuoka increased to 5/day; - Kochi, increased to 2/day, using DHC-400s; - (CTS) increased to 5/day; (CTS) - Fukuoka, reduced to daily; & Tokyo (HND) - Kobe increased to 3/day. Starting May 1st, Tokyo (NRT) - Guangzhou, increased to 2/day, using 767-300s. Starting June 19th, Kobe - Niigata, discontinued. Starting July 1st, Okinawa - Oita; & Sendai - Hakodate; both discontinued. Starting September 1st, new daily (NRT) - Mumbai (Business Class - (C)), using 737-700s. Starting October 1st, Fukuoka - Komatsu, reduced to 2/day, using 737-500s.
737-700ER BBJ Business Jet (33879, N716BA), delivery - see photo. This will be used to launch (ANA) BusinessJet to serve international business travellers with a configuration of 24 Business class (C) and 24 Premium Economy class seats, both in four-abreast seating. With this airplane, (ANA) will open its 5th international route from Nagoya's Centrair Airport to Guangzhou, China, providing service on a daily basis. This will bring the number of China routes served by (ANA) to 20x-, with a total of 147x-weekly.
March 2007: (ANA)'s North American customer relations and service office near Los Angeles was raided recently by the USA Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Associated Press (AP) reported. The (FBI) declined to comment on the nature of the warrant, but (ANA) said there was "no suspicion of terrorism and the (ANA) flights are operating normally," (AP) said.
Singapore Technologies Aerospace and Boeing (TBC) announced that ST Aero's ST Aviation Services Co (SASCO) was selected to perform "certain passenger-to-freighter conversions" under the 767-300 Boeing (TBC) Converted Freighter program, with (ANA) as its 1st customer. (ANA) launched the 767-300BCF program in 2005. (SASCO) will perform conversions on 5 firm airplanes with 2 options. The initial (ANA) commitment was for 3 firm and 4 options. (SASCO) is the 2nd conversion center chosen by Boeing (TBC) for the 767-300 after Aeronavali (ARP) of Italy. Boeing Commercial Airplanes (TBC) VP Freighter Conversions, Marco Cavazzoni explained that Aeronavali (ARP) is "very busy" on the 767-200 conversion program. The 1st airplane arrives in Singapore in October, with redelivery expected in June 2008. ST Aero President, Tay Kok Khiang said the company expects successive conversions to take around 120 days. ST Aero valued the agreement with Boeing (TBC) at S$208 million/$136 million over 10 years. The 767-300BCF will have "about the same cargo capability" as a production model 767-300F: Approximately 50 tonnes structural payload at a range of about 3,000 nm and 412,000 lbs Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW).
(ANA) accelerated its fleet rationalization program with an order for 4 more 777-300ERs, and the sale of 3 747-400s to Oasis Growth Income and Investments for operation by Oasis Hong Kong Airlines (OHK). The 777s are worth $1 billion at list prices. (ANA) operates 8 777-300ERs, and the new order brings its commitment for the type to 17. It operates 23 747-400s. It sold 6 to Iceland's Avion Aircraft Trading (AID) last summer. 2 of the newly sold 747-400s will leave the fleet this year, and the remainder will head to Hong Kong in 2008.
(ANA) grounded its 13 Dash 8-Q400s following an incident (INCDT) at Kochi Airport, where an airplane with 60 people onboard circled while the pilot (FC) unsuccessfully attempted to lower the nosegear before bringing the plane down on its main wheels with the nose up. The nose reportedly then hit the runway but the pilot (FC) kept the Dash 8-Q400 on the tarmac. No one was hurt. The airplane was delivered new to (ANA) in July 2005, and had flown just 2,966 hours and 4,197 cycles. The Dash 8-Q400 fleet operates 45 sectors per day on 15 routes and carries >3,250 passengers. It's under investigation so we can't comment on likely causes," Bombardier said. (BMB) is working with (ANA) and the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) to determine the cause of the incident that featured the 1st belly landing of a Dash 8-Q400. (JCAB) issued an emergency airworthiness directive to the 6 operators of the 36 Dash 8-Q400 series airplanes in Japan, Bombardier said. (ANA) was the only 1 to ground its fleet. The incident is not the 1st time (ANA) has had problems with its Dash 8-Q400 series planes, according to press reports. In 2004, the right wheel of one broke up while landing at Kochi. In February 2006, the landing gear on another airplane had to be lowered manually for landing.
767-381ER (35876, JA616A) & Dash 8-402 (4151, JA854A), deliveries.
April 2007: (ANA) released a revised nonconsolidated forecast for its fiscal year ended March 31, reflecting the ¥281.3 billion/$2.37 billion sale of its hotel assets to a fund managed by Morgan Stanley. A ¥7 billion reversal to an extraordinary gain in the allowance for bad debt related to the hotel subsidiaries, and ¥4 billion in applied tax effect accounting principles to the valuation loss on the transferred shares, will impact the company's balance sheet for the just-completed fiscal year. (ANA) now expects to report a +¥30 billion profit for the 12-month period, up from the previously forecast +¥19 billion and a +6.6% increase on the previous year's +¥28.14 billion profit. The gains will not impact operating results. (ANA) projects an operating profit of +¥74 billion, up +6.3%, on a +10.2% rise in revenue to ¥1.29 trillion.
Later, as (ANA) Group's fiscal year ended on March 31, it had net earnings of ¥32.6 billion/$273.9 million, representing the 2nd-highest profit in the company's history and a +22.2% increase over earnings of +¥26.7 billion in the previous 12-month period. "We have seen strong demand for both business and leisure travel in tandem with the performance of the Japanese economy as a whole. Coupled with improvements to our network, more flights and new fares, these have contributed to the excellent results," President & (CEO) Mineo Yamamoto said, adding that a +31.3% increase in the fuel bill "squeezed" (ANA)'s profit. The company also said it expected its profit for the current fiscal year to soar to +¥64 billion thanks largely to the recent sale of its hotel assets, although operating profit is projected to fall as a result of the hotels' removal. Revenue for the recently completed fiscal year, climbed +8.8% to ¥1.49 trillion against a +9.2% increase in costs to ¥1.4 trillion. Operating profit was up +3.8% to +¥92.1 billion. The airline segment enjoyed a +10.3% gain in turnover to ¥1.25 trillion and a +7.6% rise in operating profit to +¥79.7 billion.
Domestic air transport revenue rose +6% to ¥726 billion as traffic climbed +2.1% to 40.56 billion (RPK)s, capacity rose +2.4% to 62.41 billion (ASK)s, and load factor slipped -0.1 point to 65% LF. (ANA) said it "held its own" against stiff competition through marketing of its Tabiwari promotional fare, increasing the number of domestic operations equipped with Super Seat Premium business class (C) and heavier marketing of flights to Okinawa.
International revenue soared +21.5% to ¥278.4 billion on a +7.3% lift in (RPK)s to 20.15 billion, a +5% boost in capacity to 26.61 billion (ASK)s and a +1.6-point improvement in load factor to 75.7% LF. (ANA) credited "unabated" business travel, rising leisure demand stimulated by more services to China, Singapore and Chicago O'Hare and the use of smaller airplanes on certain routes for its success.
(ANA) applied for permission to wet-lease 2 767-200SFs from (ABX) Air, each with a 40-tonne payload, for use on an expanded summer freighter schedule. It plans to increase flights to China from Osaka Kansai (KIX) by +90% and capacity (ATK)s by +72% compared to summer 2006. New services will include a 4x-weekly (KIX) - Beijing flight.
(ANA) signed a general terms agreement with Thai Airways (TII) under which Thai (TII) will perform heavy Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) on 11 (ANA) 747-400s at its new maintenance center at Suvarnabhumi. Work will be completed by next year.
The (ANA) Group announced the sale of its 14 hotel subsidiary companies, including 13 hotels, to YK Shiroyama Properties, a fund managed by Morgan Stanley, for ¥281.3 billion/$2.36 billion. The company had revealed its intention last December to dispose of the hotels. It said the asset transfer "is expected to give rise to an extraordinary profit for the financial year ended March 31, 2008," and that it will reveal the exact effect on its anticipated results once the book value of the transferred shares is calculated.
(ANA) will place its code on StarFlyer (STF)'s 10x-daily Tokyo Haneda - Kitakyushu flights beginning June 1. (ANA) and South African Airways (SAA) filed an alliance agreement with their respective governments allowing the carriers to codeshare on services between Japan and South Africa via Hong Kong, with expanded cooperation possible in the future.
777-381ER (34894, JA779A), delivery and A320-214 (3099, JA205A), RBS Aerospace leased.
May 2007: Starting September 1st, Tokyo (NRT) - Mumbai (Business Class - C), using 737-700s.
ABX Air (ABX) signed a 2-year agreement with (ANA) to operate 2 767-200F freighters to support (ANA)'s cargo operations in Japan, China and Thailand. Effective May 15, the deal is expected to generate $22 million in annual revenue for Ohio-based (ABX), an all-cargo carrier that primarily operates flights on (DHL)'s USA network, but has been seeking to expand its base of services. "This agreement underscores (ABX)'s commitment to grow its presence as an international provider of airplanes and airplane-related services," President & (CEO) Joe Hete said. It has 35 767s in service, including 29 for (DHL).
Star Alliance (SAL) partners (ANA) and Asiana Airlines (AAR) announced a cross-shareholding agreement, that will strengthen their strategic partnership, which includes a code share deal announced in February covering 154 flights on 18 routes between Korea and Japan. The deal, 1st mooted in December, involves each carrier taking a $12 million stake in the other, an extension of the code share arrangement to cover (ANA)'s Tokyo Narita - Honolulu service beginning July 1, and the creation of a major triangulation route among Seoul Gimpo, Tokyo Haneda and Shanghai Honqiao. The pair also will look into cooperating to reduce costs and improve services at 19 overseas airports served by both, including sharing of spare parts and support during "operational irregularities." Joint purchasing of fuel and joint training will be involved.
2 737-781ERs (33881, JA12AN; 33882, JA11AN), 777-381ER (34895, JA780A), & A320-214 (3147, JA206A), deliveries.
June 2007: While China Eastern Airlines (CEA) is on the verge of selling a 25% stake to Singapore Airlines (SIA), Shanghai Airlines (SHA) appears to be interested finding its own foreign investor.
(ANA) President & (CEO) Mineo Yamamoto revealed that the Japanese carrier is considering a cross-shareholding arrangement with its future Star Alliance (SAL) partner. Yamamoto said in Tokyo that an arrangement with Shanghai Airlines (SHA) would be similar to the agreement reached with Asiana Airlines (AAR) last month, under which each carrier took a $12 million stake in the other.
Shanghai Airlines (SHA) Secretary of the Board, Xu Junmin said the carrier has yet to receive the proposal from (ANA), while noting that it does have "cooperative relations with (ANA) on codeshare."
Meanwhile, Air China (BEJ) also has contacted Shanghai Airlines (SHA) about a deeper cooperation. With principal hubs in Beijing and Chengdu, (BEJ) has sought greater penetration in the Shanghai market. Shanghai Airlines (SHA) President Zhou Chi has insisted that his carrier should "go its own way," despite the interest from potential suitors. (BEJ) will join Shanghai (SHA) and (ANA) in the Star Alliance (SAL) by year end.
2 A320-214s (3148, JA207A; 3189, JA208A, 7/07), delivery.
August 2007: (ANA) Group is continuing to realize the benefits from the sale of its hotel business, which helped boost the company's profit for the first fiscal quarter ended June 30 to a record +¥87.3 billion/+$736.6 million from the +¥7.6 billion earned in the year-ago quarter. "The disposal of (ANA)'s hotel business on June 1 this year, and its removal from the balance sheet, had no negative impact on this quarter's consolidated revenue, which in fact exceeded that of 2006," the company said, adding that the proceeds from the sale helped it reduce its debt-to-equity ratio to 1.3.
Group revenue climbed +1.3% year-over-year to ¥349.6 billion against a +3.3% increase in expenses to ¥336.3 billion that dropped operating profit -32.3% to ¥13.2 billion. (ANA) projected a fall in operating earnings as a result of the hotel sale, when it announced its full-year results in April.
The air transport segment (ANA), anchored by (ATW)'s "Airline of the Year," suffered a -30.5% decline in operating profit to +¥12.1 billion despite a +6.3% rise in revenue to ¥305.9 billion. "The high price of jet fuel added approximately +¥11.1 billion to costs, despite (ANA)'s best efforts to curb them elsewhere, squeezing recurring profit and operating profit," it said. Revenue from domestic operations grew +1.4% to ¥169.7 billion as passenger numbers declined -3.1% to 10.8 million, and load factor slipped -3 points to 60.1% LF. International revenue rose +17.4% to ¥76.3 billion on a +5.6% increase in passengers to 1.2 million, and a -2.6% fall in load factor to 73.6% LF.
For the full fiscal year, (ANA) said it will continue to add capacity internationally and lift domestic passenger numbers to "former levels despite increased competition." It maintained its prior forecast of fiscal year (FY) net earnings of +¥64 billion, which would double the prior year's +¥32.6 billion.
737-781ER (33880, JA13AN), delivery.
September 2007: (ANA), Shanghai Airlines (SHA), and Air China (BEJ) will codeshare on flights between Tokyo Haneda and Shanghai Hongqiao beginning September 29. The flights, operated by (ANA) and Shanghai (SHA), will be introduced from the mostly domestic airports to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between the countries, (ANA) said. Japan Airlines (JAL) also will operate the route, flying daily from September 29, aboard a 767, switching to a 747-400 on October 28. China Eastern Airlines (CEA) will code share on those flights and also operate its own daily service.
737-781ER (33883, JA14AN), and 777-381er (27041, JA781A), deliveries.
October 2007: (ANA) confirmed a report in The Wall Street Journal, that it will take a one-time charge of ¥66 billion this fiscal year, owing to a change in accounting related to airplane and equipment depreciation, although it has not changed its full-year guidance of +¥64 billion in net earnings.
(ANA) and Asiana Airlines (AAR) will implement a cabin staff (CA) exchange on each carrier's daily Tokyo Haneda - Seoul Gimpo service starting October 28.
Lehman Brothers (LB) said in a research note, that it is "more likely the  program could slip by 4 to 6 months" than for the airplane to be delivered to (ANA) on time next May, and warned that the manufacturer may have to "adjust earnings downward" in the near future. Boeing (TBC) again reiterated that it is "still our objective to meet that May 2008 delivery" and that it has developed an "aggressive" flight test program in order to keep the 787 program on schedule." (LB) analyst Joseph Campbell wrote, "Acknowledged challenges make it more appropriate for Boeing (TBC) to say while they hope to stay close to schedule, it is more likely that the program could slip by 4 to 6 months. Boeing (TBC) might also say that the production ramp-up currently planned may not be achievable. Thus far, Boeing (TBC) has been able to avoid any need to adjust earnings downward, but it is less clear that this can continue."
737-781ER (33888, JA15AN), delivery.
November 2007: (ANA) is upgrading the premium economy service it offers on international flights aboard 747-400s and 777-300ERs, by giving passengers in the fare category, access to its business class (C) lounges at Tokyo Narita, London Heathrow, New York (JFK) and Washington Dulles. It also will give premium economy passengers arriving in Japan, the option of free delivery of one piece of luggage to their home or hotel. Amenity kits and refreshment vouchers will be available at airports other than those listed.
Singapore Technologies Aerospace (STARCO) has begun work on the 1st A320 "C" check, on behalf of (ANA), at its China Eastern Airlines (CEA) joint venture facility, Shanghai Technologies Aerospace Co. Work on the airplane, the first of 30 (ANA) A320s to undergo "C" checks and modifications, at (STARCO) under a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the airline, began after the Hongqiao-based facility gained certification from the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau. The airplane will be redelivered this month.
(ANA) stated it is not ready for the A380.
(ANA) will pay cash for at least 20% of its order for 50 787s, or at least ¥140 billion/$1.3 billion, from the proceeds realized from its hotel sales, Senior VP Finance & Accounting, Eiji Kanazawa told "Bloomberg News." It also will sell bonds and use loans backed by Japan Bank for International Cooperation. "We're not going back to the days of more than ¥1 trillion in debt," Kanazawa told Bloomberg.
December 2007: (ANA) signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Tokyo-based international freight forwarders Nippon Express and Kintetsu World Express (KWE) to establish a joint venture (JV) global business-to-business express delivery company with operations to start April 1. (ANA) will own the largest share of the yet-to-be-named company at 34%, according to a joint statement. Nippon Express and (KWE) each will own 28%, and smaller unidentified forwarders will hold the remaining 10%. The companies cited "the increasing need for high-quality, integrated, strategic distribution services" as the reason for establishing the (JV), adding that Asia in particular has a growing demand for "reliable and responsive logistics services to support the supply chains of businesses with rapidly expanding production bases."
(ANA) owns 3 767Fs and 1 777-300ERF, plus it wet-leases 2 767Fs from (ABX) Air. It is the launch customer for the 767-300F Boeing (TBC) Converted Freighter program, with the 1st of 3 slated for delivery this month, and 2 more to arrive next year.
The carrier (ANA) plans to open a new cargo hub at Naha in Okinawa in 2010, and has said it will move 420,000 tons annually through the airport. (ANA), which began operating freighters in 2002, said it is building a "highly efficient air network in Asia, with a move into the international express delivery market in its sights." Last year, it launched freighter service to Chicago O'Hare, its 1st all-cargo foray into North America.
January 2008: 2007 statistics: 61.23 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic (+1.7%); +3.3% capacity (ASK)s; -1.1 load factor for 67.4% LF.
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(ANA) is starting preparations for what will be 1 of the most significant structural changes in Tokyo's air travel flow: The additional runway at Haneda and that airport's resumption of international service. The airline unveiled its corporate plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 to 2009, the 1st year in its Medium Term Corporate Strategy 2008 to 2011. During the year, it plans to start "charter" flights from Haneda to Hong Kong and Beijing Nanyuan. The operations are made possible by the Japanese government's "Asian Gateway Initiative" program. (ANA) also plans to increase service from Osaka Kansai to Qingdao and Dalian to daily, from March and June respectively.
In the domestic market, this Air Transport World "2007 Airline of the Year" is making significant changes. During 2008 to 2009, it will suspend 6 daily and 1 double-daily flight and reduce frequency on 6 additional services, while increasing frequency on 5 routes. It plans to retrofit its 777-200s/777-300s, 737-500s, 767-300s and 747-400s with premium class seating to facilitate the speedier introduction of its latest domestic premium product offering, which enters service in April.
On the cargo front, (ANA)'s plans call for increasing flights on routes to Xiamen and Qingdao to every weekday. It will take delivery of 2 converted 767-300ERs, one in June and the other in December. During the year, it also will take delivery of 9 passenger airplanes, while retiring 13.
(ABX) Air extended its agreement to operate 2 767-200Fs on behalf of (ANA) in Japan, China and Thailand, to mid-January 2010. The USA cargo carrier, which values the wet-lease contract at $32 million annually, said the new deal replaces the original agreement signed last summer and contains terms that create "a pathway toward an expanded role for (ABX) Air in (ANA)'s operations."
Airlines throughout the world are contending with antitrust charges made at the end of 2007 by the European Commission (EC), which has accused at least 11 and as many as 25 carriers of "cartel" activity relating to airfreight transport. In addition to British Airways (BAB), Japan Airlines (JAL), Air France (AFA)/(KLM), (SAS) Group, and Cargolux (CLX) (all of which confirmed receipt of statements of objections from the (EC) before Christmas),(ANA), Air New Zealand (ANZ), Air Canada (ACN), Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT), (LAN) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have admitted to being charged. Carriers charged late last year, have 2 months from the receipt of statements of objections to respond in writing to the (EC) and also have the option of requesting a formal hearing. An airline found guilty or admitting to guilt can be fined up to 10% of its annual revenue.
737-781 (33889, JA16AN), AND 777-381ER (33416, JA782A), deliveries.
February 2008: (ANA) Group net profit for the fiscal 3rd quarter ended December 31, 2007, climbed +33.9% to +¥12.4 billion/+$115.9 million from +¥9.3 billion in the year-ago period. Revenue fell -0.9% to ¥378.2 billion, against a -2% decline in costs to ¥351.3 billion, resulting in a +17.2% lift in operating profit to ¥26.8 billion from ¥22.9 billion. In the quarter, the air transport segment reported a +¥24.5 billion operating profit, up +28.9% from the year-ago period's +¥19 billion.
Profit for the nine-month period, which continues to be boosted by the sale of (ANA) Group's hotel assets earlier in the fiscal year, totaled +¥117.9 billion on record revenue of ¥1.14 trillion, up +176.9% and +0.6% respectively over year-ago figures of +¥42.6 billion and +¥1.13 trillion. 9-month operating costs rose by just +0.5% to ¥1.05 trillion, while operating income was up +2.5% to a record +¥93.9 billion, despite the loss of hotel revenue. The airline unit's operating income was +¥87.3 billion (up +9.5%) on revenue of ¥997.2 billion (up +5%). "Improved debt-to-equity ratio and a set of pleasing results nine months through the current fiscal year hopefully evidence a strong financial base and sound management that has allowed us to remain profitable despite increasing competition and sky high oil prices," Executive VP Finance & Accounting, Tomohiro Hidema said. During the quarter, revenue from domestic transport rose +2.3% to ¥187.8 billion on a -2.3% fall in passengers to 11.7 million. Traffic was down -1.8% to 10.25 billion (RPK)s against a +0.3% increase in (ASK)s to 15.69 billion. Load factor dropped -1.4 points to 65.3% LF. International transport revenue rose +5.8% to ¥77.6 billion as passenger numbers increased at the same rate to 1.2 million. (RPK)s grew +4.6% to 5.33 billion, as capacity climbed +4.1% to 7.12 billion (ASK)s, and load factor gained +0.3 point to 74.8% LF.
(ANA) said it would not change its full-year forecast of a +¥64 billion net profit, which would nearly double the +¥32.6 billion reported in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.
Over the next 4 years the airline plans to increase its international operations from Tokyo Narita to Europe and the USA by +26%, and boost frequencies to China and Asia by +11% from Tokyo's inner-city Haneda Airport.
737-781 (33884, JA17AN), delivery.
March 2008: Beijing Capital International Airport's new $3 billion-plus Terminal 3 opened as Shandong Airlines (SHG) (flight SC1151 arrived from Jinan at 8:39 am. UK architect, Norman Foster claimed it is the largest covered structure ever built: 3.25 km long and 1.3 million sq m of floor space. Construction began in March 2004. The airport said the 3-concourse facility welcomed Shandong (SHG), Sichuan Airlines (SIC), Qantas (QAN), Qatar Airways (QTA), British Airways (BAB), and El Al (ELA). A 2nd move is scheduled for March 26 when Air China (BEJ), Shanghai Airlines (SHA), (SAS), Austrian Airlines (AUL), Lufthansa (DLH), Asiana Airlines (AAR), Air Canada (ACN), United Airlines (UAL), (ANA), Thai Airways (TII), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Finnair (FIN), Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT), Japan Airlines (JAL), Dragonair (DRG), Turkish Airlines (THY), Emirates (EAD), Air Macau (MCU), S7 Airlines (SBR), and EgyptAir (EGP) will transfer to the new building. "Reuters" reported that airport capacity will be boosted to 76 million per year from the 52 million it served in 2007. The baggage system can handle 19,800 pieces per hour, it said.
Star Alliance (SAL) carriers Air Canada (ACN), Air China (BEJ), (ANA), Asiana Airlines (AAR), Austrian Airlines (AUL), (LOT) Polish Airlines, Lufthansa (DLH), (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines (SAL), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Thai Airways (TII), Turkish Airlines (THY), and United Airlines (UAL) each completed the transfer of their operations to Beijing International's Terminal 3. The move was part of the collocation plan developed as a result of Air China (BEJ) and Shanghai Airlines (SAL) joining the alliance last year. A similar collocation will be completed at Shanghai Pudong on April 29.
(ANA) confirmed that it is looking seriously at establishing a low-cost carrier to take advantage of a fourth runway at Tokyo's downtown Haneda Airport. (CEO) Mineo Yamamoto flagged the new venture to "Nikkei Business Daily." The Low Cost Carrier (LCC) may be set up as early as the next fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2009. An (ANA) spokesperson said "We are seriously examining the market and the likelihood of [other] (LCC)s flying into Haneda after its 4th runway opens in October 2010, and how we will take them on if they do." The spokesperson added that Yamamoto said a variety of models are under consideration, including a domestic (LCC) or a short- or medium-haul international carrier. The decision will "depend on how we read the threat to our own business." (ANA) also will examine if it "should set up an (LCC) from scratch, acquire an existing operation or possibly set up a joint venture." It's likely that any international (LCC) "may well be based outside Japan," the spokesperson said. He said things are fluid but, "We are seriously looking at the options now and we will set up an office in Hong Kong on April 1 for this purpose."
(ANA) effectively launched the 70/90-seat Mitsubishi Regional Jet program with an order for 15 plus 10 options for the MRJ90 with delivery scheduled after 2013. "We selected the MRJ, with its new technologies and advanced passenger cabin, as part of our drive to equip our fleet with the safest, most fuel efficient, environmentally friendly and passenger friendly airplanes available today," said (ANA) President & (CEO) Mineo Yamamoto. "The MRJ will play an important role in our strategy going forward after the expansion of airport capacity in metropolitan Tokyo in 2010, allowing us to better meet the demands of our customers, the Japanese domestic market, the environment and the needs of our network." As part of its ongoing fleet plan, the carrier is rationalizing its jet airplanes into three types: Large widebody, medium widebody, and narrowbody. It presently operates 72 narrowbodies and 22 turboprops, but it also anticipates the need for a jet in the 90/100-seat range. The MRJ, to be powered by Pratt & Whitney's Geared Turbofan, will deliver a -40% fuel saving over the 737-500, (ANA) claimed. The GTF will be rated at 15,000 lbs thrust for the 70-seat version and 17,000 lbs for the 90-seater. Mitsubishi will leverage its experience with the 787 to introduce 30% composites into the airframe, including the wing and vertical stabilizer. It claimed it can achieve a 20% reduction in fuel consumption per seat over large RJs manufactured by Bombardier and Embraer.
While Vietnam Airlines (VIE) appears set to commit to the airplane, Japan Airlines (JAS) is "still studying the MRJ and [we] have not yet come to any conclusions," it said, adding that the jet "is a significant national project that will contribute greatly to the development of Japan's aviation industry." (JAS) has 10 E170s on order, and said there is "a possibility that we will reassess our current requirement for small regional jets over the coming years."
April 2008: The sale of its hotel assets last June catapulted All Nippon Airways (ANA) Group to a record +¥64.1 billion/+$616 million net profit for the fiscal year ended March 31, a period in which most other indicators were approximately level and operating profit fell.
The company reported a +¥32.6 billion profit in the prior fiscal year. It credited "a strong performance by airlines within the group" for offsetting the lost hotel revenue. Group turnover slipped just -0.1% to ¥1.49 trillion. "Airline revenue grew +4% over the past 12 months, driven predominantly by strong demand for business travel on international sectors," Executive VP Finance Tomohiro Hidema said.
Expenses rose +0.4% to ¥1.4 trillion and operating profit fell -8.5% to +¥84.3 billion from the +¥92.1 billion earned in the year ended March 31, 2007. (ANA) said the operating result was "squeezed by the rising price of jet fuel and the accelerated depreciation of airplanes as the group races to renew its fleet." Its full-year fuel bill rose by +¥30 billion.
The Air Transport segment reported an operating income of +¥77.9 billion, down -2.3% from the +¥79.7 billion earned in Fiscal Year (FY) 2006. Revenue rose +4.2% to ¥1.3 trillion. Revenue from (ANA)'s domestic operations climbed +1.9% to ¥739.5 billion, as traffic dipped -1.6% to 39.93 billion (RPK)s against a +0.4% increase in (ASK)s to 62.65 billion. Load factor dropped -1.3 points to 63.7% LF. The company said flexible discount fare policies and revenue management and "a push aimed at the business market" offset a 2% decline in passenger numbers.
International revenue grew +11.9% to ¥311.5 billion. Traffic increased +5.7% to 21.29 billion (RPK)s and capacity was up +6.3% to 28.29 billion (ASK)s, dropping load factor -0.4 point to 75.3% LF. Routes to Europe, North America, and Asia "performed well" thanks to higher premium travel.
(ANA) said it will "concentrate its resources" on international passenger travel and cargo, as it implements its 2008 to 2011 corporate plan and that it expects revenue to increase +1.5% in Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 "thanks to [a] strengthened network and a more responsive fare policy aimed at spurring demand." Full-year net profit is expected to fall -57.9% to +¥27 billion and operating profit -5.1% to ¥80 billion.
(ANA) exercised options for two additional 767-300BCFs, bringing its firm orders for the passenger-to-freighter conversions to 7. The carrier is the launch customer for the airplane. The 1st of its converted freighters was completed at Singapore Technologies Aerospace, and made its 1st flight this month. After flight testing and certification, redelivery to (ANA) is planned for June at the (SASCO) facility in Singapore.
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737-781 (33885, JA18AN), delivery.
May 2008: Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced the following policies that will take effect when Tokyo Haneda's 4th runway opens in 2010, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation reported: Night curfew will be reduced to 10 pm from 11 pm, to "allow more convenient schedules for USA and European flights," international slots will be restricted to 30,000 until October 2010, and eventually will increase to 60,000, with new slots going to "expansion of Asian city routes where business need is strongest," and domestic slots will double to 20,000 annually.
737-881 (33886, JA51AN), delivery.
June 2008: All Nippon Airways (ANA) took delivery of the 1st 767-300BCF in Singapore from Singapore Technologies Aerospace subsidiary, ST Aviation Services Company.
(ANA) is the launch customer for the 767-300 passenger-to-freighter conversion program and after exercising all options, currently is signed up for 7. It retired a 767-300 from its passenger fleet last October for conversion by (SASCO). Boeing (TBC) test pilots flew the airplane on April 10 from Singapore to Seattle, where it underwent two months of flight testing before a return flight to Singapore.
The 767-300BCF has capacity for 50 tons of cargo. (ANA) Senior VP Engineering & Maintenance, Shinsuke Maki said it "will be a key airplane in the expansion of our cargo operation and express delivery services to countries neighboring Japan. The 767 has long been the workhorse of the (ANA) passenger fleet. It is very gratifying to see an old friend work beyond retirement."
The conversion work involved the removal of the passenger interior, installation of the main deck surround structure and side cargo door, replacement of the main deck floor structures and installation of cargo handling systems. Aeronavali of Italy also has been chosen by Boeing (TBC) to perform 767-300 passenger-to-freighter conversions.
Bombardier announced the order for 3 Dash 8-Q400s from (ANA). The (ANA) deal represents the conversion of 3 previously held options and is valued at $80 million. Delivery will begin in 2010. The carrier said it will sell 1 of its current 14 Dash 8-Q400s and replace its F 50s.
July 2008: All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Turkish Airlines (THY) launched a code share and reciprocal loyalty program agreement under which (ANA) will place its code on (THY)'s 4x-weekly, Istanbul Ataturk (IST) - Tokyo Narita, and 2x-weekly, (IST) - Osaka Kansai services.
(ANA) will install Airline Partners Boeing (APB) blended winglets on its 16 767-300ERs beginning April 1, 2009, as part of a 3-year plan to cut CO2 emissions. (ANA) expects to increase efficiency +5% and save -2,100 tonnes of CO2 per year per airplane.
August 2008: The (ANA) Group reported a +¥6.6 billion/+$61.1 million net profit in the fiscal 1st quarter ended June 30, down a steep -92.4% from the +¥87.3 billion/+$832 million earned in the year-ago quarter, with the drop due largely to the gain realized from the sale of its hotel assets in June 2007. The company's airline segment performed well, posting a +¥14.5 billion operating profit that represented a +19.8% increase from the +¥12.1 billion reported last year. "Thanks to our hedging policy, we were able to contain oil-related costs to a minimum this quarter, but expect to see them rise as the year progresses and so the outlook for our fuel bill is not optimistic," (CFO) Tomohiro Hidema said. (ANA) is maintaining its full-year forecast of a +¥27 billion net profit, however, as it endeavors to "drive down other costs where possible" and boost the profitability of its international passenger and cargo businesses. Hidema said improved domestic fare structures and an increasing commitment to "capturing a greater share of premium passengers" will factor. Group revenue slipped -1.2% year-over-year to ¥345.billion, and operating costs declined -1.6% to ¥330.9 billion. Operating profit rose +10.5% to +¥14.6 billion from +¥13.2 billion in the quarter ended June 30, 2007.
The air transport segment reported a +0.5% increase in revenue to ¥307.5 billion. Domestic passenger revenue fell -2% to ¥166.4 billion , as traffic dipped -2.3% to 9.08 trillion (RPK)s. Capacity dropped -3.6% to 14.92 billion (ASK)s, lifting load factor +0.8 point to 60.9% LF. International revenue grew +2.8% to ¥78.5 billion, as (ANA) launched Hong Kong service from Tokyo Haneda. (RPK)s slid -0.9% to 5.12 billion, against a +0.9% rise in (ASK)s to 7.09 billion, dropping load factor -1.3 points to 72.3% LF.
The cargo segment enjoyed revenue increases of +9.8% to ¥8 billion (domestic) and +17.7% to ¥19.6 billion (international).
(ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) are looking to cut underperforming domestic and international routes. (ANA) told media that it may suspend 10 routes, while "Nikkei Business Daily" suggested that (JAL)/(JAS) may suspend 21 routes. Both airlines are expected to make formal announcements soon.
767-381ER (37719, JA717A), delivery.
September 2008: Japan updates air bilateral with Singapore and 4 Scandinavian countries.
(ANA) announced that it reached agreement with Boeing (TBC) on a revised 787 delivery schedule that will see the launch customer take its first airplane next August, 15 months later than originally planned, but sooner than might have been expected, given that the airplane has yet to make its 1st flight. The announcement came as final assembly of the 1st airplane remains at a standstill, owing to the ongoing 21-day strike by the International Assn of Machinists (IAM) and Aerospace Workers. Establishment of a firm delivery schedule implies both that Boeing (TBC) may believe it is close to ending the strike and that it has overcome the software issues insiders had said were hindering progress toward 1st flight irrespective of the impact of the strike.
However, comments from Boeing (TBC) Chairman, President & (CEO) Jim McNerney indicated the (IAM) strike might drag on. "We're at a standstill now," he told "Reuters." "We're unable to find the common ground we need to have the discussion we need to have to solve the problem."
Under its revised schedule, (ANA) will receive 6 airplanes per year through 2017, not 7 through 2015 as was announced originally. Delays will range from 14 to 36 months with an average of 2 years. To cope with the anticipated capacity shortfall, it will introduce 9 767-300ERs in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 and (FY) 2011, to cover interim capacity needs. It also will revise the retirement schedule of its present fleet and its maintenance schedule.
737-881 (JA52AN), - - SEE PHOTO - - "ANA-737-881-SEP08" delivery.
November 2008: The (ANA) Group reported a net profit of +¥22 billion/+$224 million for its fiscal 1st half ended September 30, a -79.1% drop from +¥105.5 billion in the year-ago period. It blamed the fall on "declining passenger numbers" and high fuel costs and pointed out that last year's result was "boosted beyond normal levels by an extraordinary gain on the sale of (ANA)'s hotel properties." Executive VP Finance, Tomohiro Hidema said the profit decline reflected a "challenging operating environment," adding, "Beyond the price of oil we are faced at home with softening overall demand and increased competition from passenger airlines and the railways."
Revenue decreased -1.3% to ¥753.3 billion, while expenses rose +1% to ¥703.4 billion, producing an operating income of +¥49.8 billion, down -25.7% from ¥67 billion last year. Domestic air transport revenue fell -2.3% to ¥372.5 billon, as domestic traffic dropped -3.1% to 19.54 billion (RPK)s on a -3.9% dip in capacity to 30.45 (ASK)s, pushing load factor up +0.6 point to 64.2% LF.
International air transport revenue grew +2.2% to ¥165.6 billion as international traffic lowered -3.6% to 10.38 billion (RPK)s on a -0.8% dip in capacity to 14.23 billion (ASK)s, producing a -3.3-point decline in load factor to 72.9% LF. Domestic cargo traffic was up +4.5% to 229 million (FTK)s, while international cargo traffic lifted +17.7% to 915 million (FTK)s.
Looking ahead, (ANA) downgraded its full fiscal-year net income forecast from +¥27 billion to +¥17 billion. "Given the recent turmoil in the world's financial markets, the sudden slowdown in economic activity and the ensuing fall in demand for travel, beyond anything we could have imagined at the beginning of the current fiscal year, we are having to downwardly revise our outlook," Hidema said. "We will tighten our belts to gain further cost reductions where possible and step up our sales efforts to spur demand as we try to minimize the effect of the slowdown on revenue."
(ANA) is taking measures to stabilize itself as Japan officially slides into recession, and is considering launching a low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary. Competing in a country where unit costs are high and a region where (LCC)s are continuing to assert themselves, (ANA) now feels it must react. "We have higher ticket prices, but equally higher revenues [compared to (LCC)s] and are evaluating a new business model to possibly include a (LCC) subsidiary based somewhere else in Asia," VP Network Planning, Shuichi Fujimura said in Tokyo. He said the company is well aware of the difficulties associated with operating an (LCC) in the region, but said the new airline should be able to operate with unit costs, 50% lower than (ANA)'s. Premium passengers would remain with the mainline. He said the new subsidiary may fly 767-300s and that a decision on whether to move forward with it "will be made soon." To compensate for falling demand, (ANA) is down-gauging airplane types on domestic and Chinese routes.
(ANA) said it is considering establishing Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Haneda (HND) as dual international hubs as it looks to expand its international network in coming years with the expected shrinking of the domestic market. "Japan doesn't have a real hub like Seoul Incheon or Shanghai Pudong," VP Network Planning, Shuichi Fujimura said in Tokyo this week. "I want to change this so that Tokyo can compete with other hubs in the region. If we do nothing, we will lose passengers." He explained that the dual-hub strategy could make sense for Tokyo: "This depends on the time-banks. (NRT) could be the daytime and (HND) the nighttime bank airport."
Strengthening the Tokyo airports as hubs would tie into (ANA)'s strategy for choosing new international destinations as its basic philosophy is focused on hub-to-hub operations. "We are [considering] possible new destinations like Denver, Munich or Milan Malpensa, where our partner Lufthansa (DLH) is starting its own operations," Fujimura said. But opening new routes depends on the global economic outlook. "We see maybe one year of global economic depression and, after that, prospects for network expansion," he said.
With a fourth runway slated to open at (HND) in October 2010, (ANA) plans to increase international frequencies and destinations. "But we will not reduce (NRT)," he noted. He sees a total international growth rate for the Japanese market of +4% to +5% annually, which opens "a lot of opportunities for (ANA)." Fujimura stressed the importance of international expansion: "Our domestic operation accounts for about 70% of total passenger revenue, and so far this is stable and profitable. But things are changing. With more high-speed Shinkansen trains to come [the trains] are taking away passengers." In addition, most Japanese airports do not operate 24/7. "That means we cannot use our fleet as efficiently as we would like," he said.
(ANA) also will postpone its decision on an order for jumbo airplanes. "Our original time frame was to make a decision by the end of this year," Fujimura said. "(ANA) has 3 options for a future ultra-large airplane. Besides the A380 or the 747-8, the other possibility is to extend the fleet based on our current large widebody, the 777 family." When asked for a revised time frame on the decision, he said, "We have to be patient."
(ANA) has received no new information from Boeing (TBC) regarding the delivery of its 1st 787. "We should have had up to 4 787s already in service," Fujimura said. "By late 2009, we hope to have the 1st 787 in our fleet." The airline has ordered 9 767-300s for interim lift.
(ANA) pilots (FC) flying for Air Nippon (ANK), Air Nippon Network, Air Next and Air Central have threatened a 24-hour strike "to express dissatisfaction with the management stance in their year-end round of talks," the carrier said. The potential strike by 592 pilots (FC) across four unions will affect 22% of (ANA)'s domestic schedule (169 cancellations and 32 delays).
737-881 (33891, JA53AN), delivery.
January 2009: (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) each released plans for their fiscal years beginning April 1 that feature network cutbacks and a greater focus on operational efficiency. (ANA) said it intends to "minimize the risk of falling revenue" and is focusing on opportunities "afforded by the expansion" of Tokyo Haneda and Narita (NRT) in 2010. International capacity is expected to fall -8% (ASK)s in the upcoming fiscal year while domestic (ASK)s decline -4.3%. (ANA) will suspend flights from Nagoya to Tainjin and Guangzhou from March 29 and temporarily suspend and/or decrease frequency on five other Asian routes. Six additional services, including flights from (NRT) to Washington Dulles, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt, will be operated with smaller airplanes.
Domestically, (ANA) faces intense competition from the Shinkansen bullet train and will continue to massage its Japanese operation with route changes and a greater focus on connecting flights and code shares. (ANA) launches service at the new Shizuoka Airport on June 4 and will fly daily to Sapporo and Okinawa. Kobe - Sendai service will be suspended on April 1. In addition, (ANA)'s Okinawa cargo hub is scheduled to be operational in October. Cargo capacity (ATKs) in 2009 to 2010 is expected to increase +30.6% year-over-year. (ANA) will take delivery of 17 airplanes during the fiscal year, including its first 787 in February 2010. (ANA) will retire seven.
(JAL), meanwhile, promised a "bold review of its network" as a result of "weak demand" and said it will increase the role of its (JAL) Express (JEX) and J-AIR subsidiaries, with the former flying internationally for the first time. (JAL) will suspend its daily Osaka Kansai (KIX) - London Heathrow service on March 29, launch a daily (NRT) - (KIX) connection service and adjust several other long-haul routes while down-gauging equipment on seven more. (JAL) Express (JEX) will begin flying from (NRT) to Hangzhou and from (KIX) to Hangzhou and Shanghai on May 8. (JAL) will suspend five domestic routes from (KIX) and end service on seven cargo routings.
The (ANA) board promoted Senior Executive VP Marketing & Sales, Customer Service Promotion, Products & Services Strategy, Shinichiro Ito to the position of President & CEO, effective April 1, succeeding Mineo Yamamoto, who will become Vice Chairman of the ANA Group the same day. Ito, 58, has been at (ANA) for 35 years and previously held positions in Engineering & Maintenance, Airport Administration, Personnel & Corporate Planning.
Yamamoto "led (ANA) through four years of sustained growth and profitable operations despite the relentless rise in the price of oil for almost the entire term," the airline said. Under Yamamoto, "(ANA) successfully restructured its ancillary businesses" to focus on the core airline operation. He also oversaw a period of international expansion and the creation of (ANA) Cargo "as one of the three pillars of (ANA)'s core business."
(ANA) announced a code share agreement with Nagasaki-based, Oriental Air Bridge that will include the lending of "expertise and personnel" to the regional carrier, which operates two DHC-8-Q200s.
(ANA) announced a number of cutbacks on its international network, citing the current economic downturn. On February 12 it will suspend five-times-weekly Osaka Kansai - Dalian service and a twice-weekly, Dalian - Shenyang flight. Daily, Tokyo Narita (NRT) - Mumbai service will be reduced to thrice-weekly on February 2 and thrice-daily, (NRT) - Shanghai will become twice-daily on February 5.
(ANA) said it will extend implementation of Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA) technology to all six airlines within the ANA Group in an effort to enhance flight safety. More than >30 airlines have implemented (LOSA). Implementation at (ANA) is expected to be complete by June.
(ANA) plans to expand in-flight entertainment (IFE) options beginning February 2, when passengers on board 747-400s and 777-300ERs operating to Europe and North America will see the number of video channels increase to 160 from 82. (IFE) on flights to Asia (777-200ERs and 767-300ERs) will be upgraded on April 1, with channels rising to 153 from 75. The new content is available to passengers in all cabin classes.
February 2009: All Nippon Airways (ANA) had a -¥12.6 billion/-$140 million loss in its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, reversed from a +¥12.4 billion profit in the year-ago period, combined with "the likelihood of the situation worsening in the foreseeable future," which led (ANA) to predict its first full-year deficit since 2002 to 2003. (ANA), which forecast a +¥17 billion full-year profit as recently as October 31, now expects to suffer a -¥9 billion loss in the year to March 31. It earned +¥64.1 billion in 2007 to 2008. Expected full-year operating profit of +¥8 billion compares to an originally forecast +¥55 billion and the +¥84.3 billion reported last year. "Leading up to the end of December we saw a severe drop in international passengers on routes to Europe and North America, in addition to an already depressed China leisure market," Executive VP Finance, Tomohiro Hidema said, adding that domestic demand continued to soften. "We are faced with an operating environment vastly different from the recent past," he said.
(ANA) was -¥9.4 billion in the black through the first nine months, meaning a loss of approximately -¥18 billion is expected in the current quarter. Fiscal third-quarter revenue fell -6.4% year-over-year to ¥354 billion, while costs climbed +3.5% to ¥363.5 billion. Operating result swung to a -¥9.5 billion loss from a +¥26.9 billion profit in the three months ended December 31, 2007. Domestic passenger numbers dropped -6.8% to 10.9 million and load factor slipped -0.3 point to 65% LF. Internationally, (ANA) reported a -12.1% fall in passengers to 1.1 million and a -9.1% plunge in load factor to 65.7% LF.
(ANA) announced several schedule revisions earlier and presented an "emergency plan" to be used as an "interim guide until the way forward can be seen clearly and a new corporate mid-term strategy drawn up for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 to 2013 period" later this year. (ANA) promised to "drastically cut administrative and other operational costs" and to limit or postpone "all but strategically necessary investment." It said it will "commence a restructuring of its group and processes." A new long-haul cabin product will be part of its "further emphasis on product and brand strategy."
March 2009: All Nippon Airways (ANA) this month will purchase a 33.5% stake in Overseas Courier Service, a Tokyo-based international parcel delivery and forwarding company, the airline said. Financial terms were not disclosed. The companies have been working together since July 2007, and (ANA) said the new investment will help "underpin" its Asian parcel delivery service out of the Okinawa cargo hub scheduled to open in October.
The Japanese economy shrank -13% last quarter, the most since 1974.
ANA pilots flying for its Air Nippon (473 pilots), Air Nippon Network (57), Air Next (23) and Air Central (53) subsidiaries staged a 24-hr. strike yesterday "despite prolonged and urgent negotiations," the company said. Prior to the strike, ANA said the work action would result in cancellation of 137 domestic flights and an additional 30 delays, together comprising 18.6% of the total domestic program.
737-881 (33890, JA54AN), delivery.
April 2009: Undisclosed asset sales prompted the (ANA) Group to issue a revised guidance anticipating a smaller loss for the fiscal year ended March 31 than previously forecast. When announcing its nine-month profit of +¥9.4 billion/+$96.7 million in late January, (ANA) said that heavy fiscal third- and fourth-quarter losses likely would leave it -¥9 billion in the red for the full year. The group now anticipates a -¥4.5 billion loss instead. It earned a +¥64.1 billion profit in the 2007 to 2008 fiscal year.
Revenue should come in at ¥1.39 trillion, down -0.5% from the January forecast, while operating profit is expected to be +¥7.5 billion instead of +¥8 billion. (ANA) did not offer an explanation for the decreases.
(ANA) is expected to post a full-year loss of -¥2 billion rather than the -¥6 billion previously announced. However, the mainline is expected to operate at a loss of -¥1 billion as opposed to the +¥3 billion profit forecast in January. In October 2008, (ANA) predicted a +¥17 billion full-year profit on the group level and an operating profit of +¥55 billion.
The (ANA) Group blamed an "unprecedented fall in demand for domestic and international air travel - - in particular high-yield business (C) travel," for its first full-year net loss in six years, a -¥4.2 billion/-$43.4 million deficit in the fiscal year ended March 31 that compared to a +¥64.1 billion net profit in 2007 to 2008.
Executive VP Finance, Tomohiro Hidema said 2008 to 2009 "was a disastrous year for business in general, with airlines around the world hit by the lack of consumer confidence and commercial activity, and (ANA) was no exception." He added that "more than >-¥18 billion in cost savings . . . was outstripped by a fall in revenue of over >¥95 billion. This was caused primarily by a drop in passenger revenues on both international and domestic routes of around 6%, and especially by the fall in demand for overseas business travel, which was depressed by more than >25% on Europe and North America routes for the final three months of the year under review."
Full-year revenue fell -6.4% to ¥1.39 trillion and operating profit was down -91% from +¥84.3 billion to +¥7.5 billion. Operating costs slipped -1.3% to ¥1.38 trillion. Domestic passenger numbers dropped -6.2% to 42.8 million on a -5.8% fall in (RPK)s to 37.6 billion. Capacity lowered -5.5% to 59.22 billion (ASK)s and load factor was off -0.2 point to 63.5% LF. On international routes, passengers were down -8.2% to 4.4 million on a -9.1% fall in traffic to 19.36 billion (RPK)s. Capacity slid -1.3% to 27.91 billion (ASK)s and load factor declined -5.9 points to 69.4% LF.
Cargo actually grew during the year, with domestic freight up +2.7% to 475,000 tonnes and international ahead 6.5% to 354,000 tonnes. However, (ANA) noted that demand "tailed off" in the March quarter when it posted a -¥13.6 billion net loss, reversed from a +¥40.1 billion profit in the year-ago period.
(ANA) said it expects "the present harsh operating conditions to continue through the coming 12 months," although it still expects to increase capacity from Tokyo Narita and Haneda. It expects revenue of ¥1.35 trillion, an operating profit of +¥35 billion and net income of +¥3 billion.
To get there, it will implement the largest cost-savings initiative in its history, the "FY2009 Emergency Plan." The cutbacks, implemented on April 1, build on reductions announced in January and are expected to be worth ¥73 billion. Network alterations and fuel savings will account for ¥48 billion, the accompanying reduction in landing charges will account for ¥7 billion, personnel cost cuts will contribute ¥6 billion and "sales-related" savings will come to ¥12 billion.
Part of the network strategy will be to ground or phase out larger, less-efficient airplanes such as the 747-400, replacing them with 777-300ERs. The investment will be slashed by ¥119 billion, but this will not affect the delivery of new airplanes such as the 787, (ANA) said.
Canada and Japan announced an expanded air services agreement that will grant Canadian airlines unlimited access to cities outside Tokyo and offers access to Haneda "under certain conditions," Transport Canada said.
May 2009: Ex-special items, (ANA) first quarter had a net loss of -$137 million (-$228 million).
SEE ATTACHED - - "ANA-787-MAY09."
737-881 (33892, JA55AN), delivery.
June 2009: (ANA) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) will code share on each other's London Heathrow - Tokyo Narita services.
737-881 (33893, JA56AN), delivery.
July 2009: (ANA) raised its firm 787 commitment to 55 airplanes from 50, according to a document detailing the company's plan to issue 575 million new shares worth an estimated ¥182.62 billion/$1.9 billion that will be used largely to finance new airplanes. (ANA) also said it is targeting an additional -¥30 billion in cost savings this fiscal year ending March 31, 2010, through "the earlier and more refined implementation of measures contained in the current emergency plan, along with new additional measures." That plan was unveiled in late April and is designed to save -¥73 billion. One initiative mentioned was described as a "Pay for Value" scheme, which would entail "reviewing current services and charging for value-added services."
"The Financial Times" reported that (ANA) said it switched a commitment for five 767-300ERs to the 787. (ANA) had 10 767-300ERs on order. This latest filing indicated it had five and 55 787s. It said it expected delivery of its 787 Dreamliners to begin "in or after February 2010." The move makes (ANA) the world's largest airline customer for the 787. Qantas (QAN) reduced its firm order to 50 from 65, lifting the number of cancellations by all airlines this year to 72. (ANA) also has six 777-300s, eight 737-800s, 15 737-700s and three DHC-8-400s on order. Its order book is worth ¥1.06 trillion, it said.
Regarding the new shares, (ANA) said, "We believe the public offering will enable us to steadily implement the Mid-Term Corporate Policy [unveiled in January] by improving our financial condition while facilitating strategic investments in airplanes centering on the 787. By doing so, we continue our efforts in realizing our ultimate goal of becoming the number one airline group in Asia by capturing the business opportunities provided by the increase in flight slots at the Tokyo metropolitan airports in 2010."
It said the stock offering will comprise 250 million shares of common stock available to domestic underwriters, 250 million for international underwriters, plus an additional +37.5 million share option, with price to be determined July 13 to 15. A secondary offering of 37.5 million shares will cover any over-allotments, with an offering of another 37.5 million shares by way of third-party allotment available in August. At that point, (ANA) will have approximately 2.52 billion issued shares.
(ANA) said the new shares it plans to issue through a public and private offering and a follow-on secondary offering will be worth ¥141.67 billion/$1.53 billion to (ANA), less than the ¥182.62 billion it estimated two weeks ago. Shares will be priced at ¥259 each.
Quantum Aviation Solutions said (ANA) selected BagScan as its baggage tracking and reconciliation solution at Osaka Kansai.
August 2009: The (ANA) Group posted a net loss of -¥29.2 billion/-$306.6 million for its fiscal first quarter ended June 30, reversed from a +¥6.6 billion profit in the year-ago period, as falling revenue "far outweighed" cost savings. "Beset by "H1N1" influenza, which came on top of the global recession to further suppress demand to levels not seen before, the three-month period under review was tough in the extreme," Executive VP Finance, Tomohiro Hidema said. "Individual consumption in Japan was down, as companies saw tumbling revenues across the board and capital investment fell." He said passenger numbers are expected to show a "slight" improvement in the fiscal second quarter, but not enough to bring revenue back to par. As a result, (ANA) is implementing an "emergency income recovery plan" that it said will boost revenue by +¥30 billion. "This is in addition to our plans to cut a further -¥73 billion in costs, our most ambitious cost reduction effort to date," Hidema stated.
(ANA)'s fiscal first-quarter revenue fell -21.9% to ¥269.8 billion, while costs lowered -5.6% to ¥312.3 billion, producing an operating loss of -¥42.4 billion, reversed from a +¥14.6 billion operating profit last year. Revenue from domestic air transport declined -16.7% to ¥138.6 billion, as domestic traffic sank -12.5% to 7.95 billion (RPK)s on a -4.1% cut in capacity to 14.32 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 55.5% LF, down -5.3 points. International air transport revenue plunged 44.1% to ¥43.8 billion as international traffic dipped -13.2% to 4.45 billion (RPK)s on a -5.9% lowering of capacity to 6.67 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 66.7% LF, down -5.6 points.
(ANA) is maintaining its forecast for full-fiscal-year net income of +¥3 billion.
(ANA) released details of the "emergency income recovery plan" designed to produce an additional ¥30 billion/$316.7 million in revenue during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010, and keep it on course for a full-year profit of +¥3 billion. It reported a -¥29.2 billion net loss in the fiscal first quarter ended June 30.
According to the new plan, network revisions are expected to produce ¥8 billion in extra revenue, "additional reductions in personnel and other costs" ¥17.5 billion, a reduction in general procurement ¥3.5 billion and introduction of a la carte services ¥1 billion. The network revisions include suspension of nine domestic routes.
(ANA) will expand its unpaid leave offer to the entire company and said it will begin offering "certain items and services" for sale to economy (Y) passengers that previously were available only in premium cabins such as meals, drinks and lounge access. Free telephone calls to reservations agents and newspapers/magazines in economy (Y) will be suspended.
(ANA) and US Airways (AMW)/(USA) announced a code share agreement effective September 16 under which (AMW)/(USA) will place its code on (ANA) flights from Tokyo Narita to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago O'Hare, Washington Dulles, and New York (JFK), while (ANA) will place its code on (AMW)/(USA) flights from the aforementioned American airports to Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
(ANA) is set to introduce from September 16 a complimentary helicopter transport from Tokyo Narita (NRT) to central Tokyo for first-class (F) passengers returning to the Japanese capital from New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Frankfurt. Mori Building City Air Services signed an agreement with the airline and will provide the service at least through March 31, 2010. On arrival at (NRT), first-class (F) passengers will be taken by limo on a 15-minute drive to the nearby Narita (Sakura) Heliport. From there it is a 15-minute helicopter flight to Ark Hills Heliport in the centrally located Akasaka district that is headquarters for many multinational companies, embassies, major hotels and retail centers. The service will be operated with Eurocopter EC135s seating 4 to 5 passengers.
September 2009: 737-881 (33894, JA57AN), delivery.
October 2009: Continental Airlines (CAL) signed code share agreements with two more Star Alliance (SAL) members, (ANA) and Asiana Airlines (AAR). (CAL) after officially joining the (SAL) inked code sharing pacts with United Airlines (UAL), Lufthansa (DLH), Air Canada (ACN), and bmi (BMA). (CAL) said that it will start code sharing with (AAR) in December and with (ANA) next year.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is recruiting 767 Captains (FC) and First Officers (FC). Applicants can apply online through Crew Resources Worldwide. (ANA) will be attending the FltOps.com job fair in the Airport Marriott, LaGuardia, New York in November.
Japan intends to transform Tokyo’s Haneda airport into the country’s
premier international hub, according to officials in the country’s newly elected government. In fact, the new Transport Minister aims to have half of all Haneda flights be international, noting that Seoul’s Incheon hub is currently more competitive as a northeast Asian gateway because of its combined domestic and international networks. But that worries airports in other cities like Osaka and Nagoya, which currently benefit from the domestic/international split between Tokyo’s two airports. In fact, some politicians in Osaka are advocating the closure of the city’s domestic oriented Itami airport to consolidate traffic into the larger Osaka airport. Next fall, Haneda will get a fourth runway and Narita will get an extended runway. Both will contribute to significant increases in capacity handling.
Tokyo Narita's newly extended runway entered service, five months ahead of the original schedule, according to Narita International Airport Corporation. Runway B was lengthened to 2,500 m from 2,180 m. Runway A measures 4,000 m. The airport will have 20,000 additional slots available per year starting March 28.
737-881 (33895, JA58AN), delivery.
November 2009: (ANA) reported a +¥3.8 billion/+$42.2 million profit in its fiscal second quarter ended September 30, a -75.2% drop from the +¥15.3 billion earned in the year-ago period, but its inability to recover adequately from a steep first-quarter loss prompted it to predict a -¥28 billion deficit for the full year (reversed from its original forecast of a +¥3 billion profit) and to unveil a revised business plan that includes -1,000 job cuts. "While we have implemented a range of measures to boost revenues and cut costs, we were unable to offset the slump in demand and fall in unit prices," (ANA) said. Second-quarter revenue slumped -16.1% to ¥341.9 billion, while operating costs were down -12% to ¥327.7 billion, producing an operating profit of +¥14.1 billion that compared to a -¥21 billion loss in the three months ended September 30, 2008.
But it was not enough. (ANA)'s half-year loss reached -¥25.3 billion, reversed from a +¥22 billion profit in the year-ago semester. (ANA)'s operating result swung to a -¥28.2 billion loss from a +¥49.8 billion surplus last year. "The fall in unit prices has been more severe than expected, due to a demand slowdown following the spread of H1N1 influenza, as well as the increasingly low-cost orientation of consumers and companies associated with the continued decline in demand since last year," it said. It has unveiled ¥103 billion in cost-cutting initiatives since the spring but said, "We believe it will take more time than we originally envisaged for demand and unit prices to recover."
(ANA) announced additional efforts to negotiate the "even more severe" business environment. Its "radical reform and restructuring" will focus on leveraging the increasing capacity at Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Tokyo Haneda, deepening cooperation with partner airlines, expanding fee-based services, streamlining its management and subsidiary structure and eliminating -1,000 positions, or -20%, by the end of 2011. (ANA) did not provide additional details on the job cuts. The new "a la carte" program, called "(ANA) My Choice," will begin December 1 and will offer lounge access at (NRT) and (HND) for ¥5,000, business class (C) wines and "light meals" in economy (Y), plus additional services beginning next year.
(ANA) flew 10.01 billion domestic (RPK)s traffic in the fiscal second quarter, down -4.3%, against a -1.9% fall in capacity to 15.24 billion (ASK)s. Load factor dipped -1.7 points to 65.7% LF and revenue was down -9.9% to ¥185.7 billion. International (RPK)s rose +0.9% to 5.3 billion, while (ASK)s dropped -4.7% to 6.81 billion and load factor climbed +4.3 points to 77.9% LF. Revenue plunged -34.4% to ¥57.1 billion.
(ANA) now expects a full-year operating loss of -¥20 billion, as opposed to the +¥35 billion profit projected earlier, on a -9.5% year-over-year decline in revenue to ¥1.26 trillion.
(ANA) unveiled a series of long-haul service enhancements dubbed "Inspiration of Japan" that will be available beginning next February on 777-300ERs flying from Tokyo Narita (NRT) to North America and Europe. First class (F) will feature 1-2-1 seating with privacy partitions, 23-inch (LCD) screens, new decor and bedding, "refined" a la carte menus and touchscreen ordering starting in April. (ANA)'s first class (F) lounge at (NRT) will be upgraded in February and passengers will have access to a single check-in point (personal, luggage and security) by fall. Cabin upgrades will be available from February 20 on flights to New York (JFK) and to Frankfurt and London Heathrow by the March 31 end of the fiscal year. Other routes will come on line afterward.
The upgraded business (C) cabin will feature staggered 1-2-1 seating, 17-inch (LCD) screens, lie-flat seats with aisle access and on-demand a la carte catering. Both premium cabins will feature warm-water bidets. New premium economy seats will have 42 inch pitch and will be arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration. They will feature large, movable dividers, 12-inch screens and noise-canceling headphones. Economy (Y) seating will be 2-4-3. Seats will have 34 inch pitch with 10.6-inch monitors. Power outlets, (USB) ports and new bedding will be available across both economy classes.
Panasonic Avionics Corporation will provide (ANA) with its "eX2" In-flight Entertainment (IFE) system on the airline's 767-300ERs and 777-300ERs.
December 2009: All Nippon Airways (ANA) will operate a second daily, Tokyo Narita - Seoul Incheon flight February 10 - March 23 aboard a 767-300ER. It currently operates the route with an A320-200.
(ANA) and Etihad Airways (EHD) plan to launch a code share relationship and link their loyalty programs on March 1. (ANA) will place its code on (EHD)'s four-times-weekly, Abu Dhabi (AUH) - Nagoya service scheduled to start February 1, while (EHD) will place its code on (ANA)'s daily flights from Nagoya to Sapporo and Fukuoka and between Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Osaka Itami. (ANA) also will code share on (EHD)'s five-times-weekly, (AUH) - (NRT) service, scheduled to begin March 28.
(ANA) said that it is "definitely very interested in deepening our relationships with partner airlines" but would not comment on press reports that it plans to seek transpacific antitrust immunity (ATI) with both United Airlines (UAL) and Continental Airlines (CAL) once an expanded air service agreement is signed by the USA and Japan. "At this point, it's premature for us to talk publicly about plans, timetables, etc," an (ANA) spokesperson said. "Having said that, yes, (ANA) is obviously contemplating (ATI) and what that would mean in relation to (UAL), (CAL), etc, if and when an open skies agreement is reached." The Japanese carrier said an expanded relationship with its Star (SAL) Alliance partners would include "working toward increasing revenues [and] creating more opportunities for customers."
The USA and Japan announced that they reached agreement on an "open skies" accord that will liberalize access, largely removing restrictions on the number of airlines allowed to serve each market as well as the number of flights. The long-elusive pact, agreed to after an intensive fifth round of negotiations this year took place in Washington, is contingent upon approval of antitrust immunity (ATI) for transpacific joint ventures (JV)s between Japanese and USA carriers. (ANA) is seeking to form a (JV) with Star Alliance (SAL) partners United Airlines (UAL) and Continental Airlines (CAL), while Japan Airlines (JAL) intends to form a (JV) with either American Airlines (AAL) or Delta Air Lines (DAL), both of which are negotiating with (JAL) about taking a stake. The pact would replace a bilateral air services agreement that dates back to 1952, though it was expanded in 1998.
No time frame was given for when the new agreement will go into effect, but the sides are eyeing October 2010, when Tokyo Haneda (HND)'s fourth runway will open. A key to the USA side agreeing to an accord was gaining access to (HND), Tokyo's close-in airport that has been closed to USA airlines for more than >30 years. Under terms of the pact, USA carriers will secure four daily round trip slots at (HND) from October.
The USA Department of Transportation said the agreement "would provide opportunities for growth of USA carrier operations at Tokyo's Narita airport and ensure fair competition regarding the new opportunities at [HND]."
Japanese Transport Minister, Seiji Maehara said that reaching the accord "is extremely meaningful" because "the Japan - USA route is the biggest aviation market for Japan." (JAL) said it "intends to apply for (ATI) with a strategic USA partner as soon as possible, so as to seize this opportunity to strengthen our network." It previously has said it hopes to choose between (AAL) and (DAL) by the end of this month.
(AAL) Senior VP Government Affairs, Will Ris said the agreement "will effectively reset the playing field and enable new working relationships, particularly pro-competitive joint ventures granted antitrust immunity (ATI) by the USA and Japanese governments." (DAL) said it "opens the door to antitrust immunity, which would enable Delta (DAL) and (JAL) to engage in deeper and more effective cooperation." (UAL) Chairman, President & CEO, Glenn Tilton said (UAL) looks "forward to forming a joint venture (JV) across the Pacific with our longtime partner [ANA] and Continental (CAL)."
Later, as expected, United Airlines (UAL), Continental Airlines (CAL) and (ANA) filed an application with the USA Department of Transportation for antitrust immunity (ATI) across their combined transpacific network, which the carriers argued would generate "substantial service and pricing benefits for consumers." The application was made possible by the USA - Japan "open skies" agreement, implementation of which is contingent upon the (ATI) approval.
"This joint venture . . . will significantly enhance our ability to serve customers in Japan and throughout Asia and offer new choice and convenience," (UAL) Chairman & CEO, Glenn Tilton said, while (ANA) President & CEO, Shinichiro Ito said the arrangement would allow (ANA) "to strengthen our transpacific network and improve our services."
(UAL) serves Tokyo Narita (NRT) from Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Honolulu (HNL), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle, and Washington Dulles (IAD), and flies to Osaka Kansai from (SFO). (CAL) serves (NRT) from Houston Intercontinental and Newark, while (ANA) flies to (ORD), (HNL), (LAX), (SFO), (IAD) and New York (JFK).
(UAL) and (CAL) received immunity (ATI) for a transatlantic joint venture (JV) with Lufthansa (DLH) and Air Canada (ACN) in July.
(ANA) starts operating a 767-381 (27944, JA602A) in its former "Mohican" livery on flights between Tokyo and the cities of Miyazaki and Kagoshima in Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four islands - - SEE ATTACHED "AIRLINE NEWS" ARTICLE - - "ANA-2009-12 NEWS 767 MOHICAN" AND "ANA-767-381 2009-12."
(P&W) signed a 10-year Engine Management Program agreement with (ANA) covering 80 (PW4000)s, including spares. (ANA) operates 30 (PW4000)-powered 777s.
(ANA) Shinichiro Ito, CEO watching the first flight of the 787 on December 15 said "I speak for everyone at (ANA) when I say how excited we are." A week later, the second 787 in (ANA) livery made its first flight.
(ANA) agreed to order five 767-300ERs for delivery in 2010 to 2011 and five 777-200ERs for delivery in 2012 to 2013.
The 787 launch customer, which now is due to receive its first 787 Dreamliner in the final quarter of 2010, said the airplanes are worth a combined ¥926 billion/$10.23 billion at list prices. (ANA) offered no further details on the deal and did not say whether it got a price break in compensation for the 787 delays. It said only, "This acquisition is carried out in accordance with the fleet strategy of the company group, which is to rationalize the fleet to more efficient types." Boeing (TBC) said the 767 and 777 "will continue to play a vital role in [ANA's] fleet strategy" and that it "look[s] forward to finalizing the order."
Meanwhile, (ANA) maintained its forecast of a ¥28 billion net loss and ¥20 billion operating loss for its fiscal year ending March 31. It started the current fiscal year with 14 747-400s, 20 777-300s, 23 777-200s, 55 767-300s, six 767-300Fs, 29 A320s, 21 737-500s, 18 737-700s, four 737-800s, five DHC-8-Q300s and 14 DHC-8-Q400s.
2 737-881s (33896, JA59AN; 33897, JA60AN), and 777-381ER (37950, JA784A) deliveries.
January 2010: (ANA) warned that the "lethargic nature" of Japan's economic recovery and Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS)'s bankruptcy will impact the airline's plans for 2010, although the fourth-quarter delivery of the first 787, slot expansion at Tokyo Haneda (HND) and Tokyo Narita (NRT) and "open skies" with the USA "will bring important business opportunities" for expansion. In its corporate plan for the fiscal year beginning April 1, (ANA) said it will cut domestic (ASK)s by -3.7% from 2009 to 2010 and increase international capacity by +11.2%. Cargo (ATK)s will rise +21.1%.
(ANA) plans to introduce daily, (NRT) - Munich 777-300ER service on July 1 and increase capacity to Ho Chi Minh City, Hangzhou, and Qingdao. From (HND), it will begin flying twice-daily, to Taipei Songshan October 31 and increase frequencies to Seoul Gimpo, Shanghai Hongqiao, and Beijing, while "considering" night routes to the USA West Coast and Southeast Asia. It will boost the number of code share flights operated by Sendai-based Ibex Airlines and will suspend service from Osaka Kansai (KIX) to Gimpo and Xiamen. On the domestic front, it is shifting its five routes to/from Sapporo Okadama to New Chitose (CTS) and will operate a seasonal daily (KIX) - Asahikawa service from June 1. Frequencies on nine other domestic routes will increase while suspension of Hiroshima - (CTS) and Fukuoka - Sendai service will be among the cuts.
During Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 to 2011, (ANA) expects to take delivery of eight 787-8s, four 777-300ERs, five 767-300ERs, one DHC-8-Q400 and two 767-300BCFs. It will retire three 747-400s, two 767-300ERs, one A320-200 and one 737-500. It expects to report a -¥28 billion/-$311.5 million loss for the fiscal year ending March 31.
Boeing (TBC) said it is assessing the "market viability" of the 787-3 after (ANA) converted its order for 28 of the shorter-range 787 Dreamliner variants to the standard 787-8, leaving no 787-3s in (TBC)'s backlog. (TBC) already had pulled back on its development of the 787-3 in early 2008, shifting resources to the 787-8 as part of its ongoing effort to contend with program delays. (ANA) is the launch customer for the 787, which achieved first flight last month 29 months after initial roll out and following multiple delays.
(ANA)'s orders for 55 787 Dreamliners had been split between the 787-8 and the 787-3. Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) also originally placed orders for 13 787-3s, but last year converted those to 787-8s. The Japanese carriers had been interested in the shorter-range version designed to carry up to 330 passengers (the 787-8 and 787-9 variants are designed to carry 250-290), but no other airlines had expressed an interest.
Boeing VP Marketing, Randy Tinseth confirmed (ANA)'s order switch on his blog, explaining that "getting [787-8s] into their hands for earlier delivery was a better solution for them." He noted that "there are no longer any 787-3 orders in the backlog. Going forward, we'll continue to assess the market viability of the 787-3."
(ANA) states it will operate its last 747-400 international flight in late March.
February 2010: (ANA) suffered a -¥9.8 billion/-$108.7 million loss in its fiscal third quarter ended December 31, a +22.2% improvement from the -¥12.6 billion lost in the year-ago period, and maintained its full-fiscal-year forecast of a -¥28 billion deficit.
"The business downturn . . . has been continuing, and passenger demand is taking longer than expected to cover," (ANA) said, adding that economic stimulus measures at home and abroad "have had some effect" and that exports, production and consumer spending are "picking up," especially in Asia. However, it admitted that cost-cutting measures were insufficient "to offset the slump in demand and fall in unit prices."
Third-quarter operating revenue slumped -11.9% year-over-year to ¥311.9 billion against a -11.6% cut in costs to ¥321.4 billion. Operating loss of -¥9.5 billion compared to a break even performance the prior year. (ANA)'s operating loss of -¥11.2 billion narrowed -5.1% on a -11.2% slip in revenue to ¥276.2 billion.
(ANA)'s domestic revenue was down -11.7% to ¥156.1 billion as passenger numbers fell -8.8% to 10 million. (RPK)s dropped -8.4% to 8.8 billion against a -5.1% cut in capacity to 14.03 billion (ASK)s, lowering load factor to 62.7% LF. (ANA) said the economic downturn plus the H1N1 flu hurt sales despite its promotional campaigns and fares.
International revenue plunged -24.6% to ¥55.5 billion despite a +14.6% increase in passenger numbers to 1.2 million. "While business demand was sluggish, (ANA) strengthened its efforts to create leisure demand," it said. Traffic was up +14.1% to 5.27 billion (RPK)s, capacity dropped -5.3% to 6.66 billion (ASK)s, and load factor rose to 79.1% LF.
Domestic cargo revenue decreased -6.1% to ¥8.5 billion and international cargo revenue was down -9.3% to ¥16.1 billion.
For the nine-month period, the net loss of -¥35.1 billion represented a reversal from the +¥9.4 billion profit reported in the year-ago period. Operating result swung to a -¥37.8 billion loss from a +¥40.3 billion surplus on a -16.6% fall in revenue to ¥923.7 billion.
Women flying on All Nippon Airways (ANA) will have a toilet all to themselves from next month, with (ANA) designating one toilet on most international routes as female-only. (ANA) said in a statement it was responding to "numerous requests for this service," adding that the toilet would be located in the rear of the plane and be available to women passengers from all classes.
An airline official told "Kyodo" news agency that (ANA) decided to designate women-only lavatories based on a 2007 online survey in which 90% of the women polled said they found the idea attractive.
The official also said women do not like using shared toilets as men sometimes leave the seat up. She said demand for women-only toilets was especially high among passengers taking long flights.
Men would be allowed to use the lavatory only in emergencies or when there were very few female passengers on the flight, the (ANA) statement said.
South Korea's Korean Air (KAL) has been offering similar facilities and (ANA) rival Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) designates lavatories for priority use by women, the (ANA) official told "Kyodo."
Toilet etiquette appears to be an important part of (ANA)'s policy - - the airline had previously asked passengers to use the lavatories before they board flights so as to reduce the overall weight of the plane, which would ultimately be better for the environment as it would mean less fuel usage.
That's fine, but where is the MEN'S ONLY TOILET ?????
Koito Industries of Yokohama was ordered by the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) to re-test some 150,000 airplane seats installed on around 1,000 airplanes operated by 32 airlines worldwide and make fixes if necessary. The (JCAB) accused the company of falsifying data from tests on the seats' fire and shock resistance and Koito, which is 20% owned by troubled automaker Toyota Motor Corporation, later admitted to the wrongdoing. Koito President, Takashi Kakegawa told reporters at a press conference that "the whole section in charge [of the testing] was systematically involved" in falsifying results. The (JCAB) said it has evidence the false test data dates back to the 1990s. Koito lists Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS), (ANA), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Continental Airlines (CAL) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) as "major customers" on its website.
Airbus (EDS) acknowledged that (EASA) barred it in September from delivering airplanes with Koito seats, according to "Bloomberg News." The European safety agency determined that the seat-maker failed to share enough pertinent data on its seats to warrant continued approval and that there was evidence of "irregularities" at Koito. (SIA) reportedly was forced to delay delivery of its 11th A380 owing to the issues surrounding Koito seats, while (ANA) said the launch of its Inspiration of Japan long-haul product aboard a 777-300ER would be postponed until April because of a delay in the development of its new premium economy seats by Koito. Thai Airways (TII) announced that it has canceled a contract with Koito, blaming repeated seat-installation problems for the delayed delivery of five A330-300s. It said the seat-maker claimed it could resolve its issues and install the seats by August, but (TII) was unwilling to continue waiting for airplanes it said have been sitting idle in Hamburg since September.
DHC-8-402 (4292, JA855A), delivery.
March 2010: (ANA) now expects to report a -¥65 billion/-$720 million consolidated net loss in its fiscal year ending March 31, compared to the -¥28 billion loss forecast last October, owing to a "slower than expected recovery," although it plans to return to profit in 2010 to 2011.
(ANA) said domestic demand and unit revenue both failed to rebound as expected and improvement in international traffic failed to produce the anticipated recovery in (RASK). Maintenance and ground handling income also "failed to improve under the severe circumstances," it said.
The full-year loss will compare to a -¥4.2 billion deficit in 2008 to 2009. The company was ¥35.1 billion in the red through the nine months ended December 31, 2009. Revenue for 2009 to 2010 is expected to be ¥1.22 trillion rather than the ¥1.26 trillion forecast in October, and (ANA) now is forecasting a full-year operating loss of -¥61 billion rather than -¥20 billion. It said "successful implementation of our various cost-cutting measures" will leave expenses in line with last fall's expectations.
For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, (ANA) is targeting a +¥5 billion profit on ¥1.36 trillion in revenue. It plans to raise international (ASK)s by +12%, while domestic capacity should be cut -1%. Operating income will be ¥42 billion. In 2011to 2012, it anticipates a +¥37 billion net profit on ¥1.48 trillion in revenue. Operating profit will be +¥104 billion.
In its "Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 to 2011 Corporate Strategy," (ANA) said it anticipates "big business chance" next year thanks to capacity increases at Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Haneda and the long-awaited introduction of the 787, both of which will fuel long-haul growth. It plans to launch (NRT) - Munich service in July and will benefit on transpacific routes from its relationship with Star Alliance (SAL) partners Continental Airlines (CAL) and United Airlines (UAL).
(ANA) plans to implement -¥86 billion in cost cuts, including -¥20 billion from personnel through early retirements and the previously announced layoffs of -1,000 employees "engaged in indirect operations." It plans to combine its Air Japan arm and its (ANA) & JP Express subsidiary by July, and will integrate Air Nippon Network, Air Next and Air Central by October. It said the group will operate three airlines by the end of fiscal 2011 to 2012.
777-381ER (37951, JA785A), delivery.
April 2010: (ANA) President & CEO, Shinichiro Ito questioned whether public aid for bankrupt Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) distorts Japan's competitive environment. Testifying before a government committee, Ito said (JAL)/(JAS)'s turnaround program is progressing "haphazardly," according to a "Nikkei" report. (JAL)/(JAS) is receiving around ¥900 billion/$9.6 billion in government support to ensure its survival as it navigates through a court-monitored bankruptcy restructuring. Kazuo Inamori, who took over as (JAL)/(JAS) CEO in January to oversee the restructuring, has expressed dismay at how poorly run the airline is and said even more drastic cuts than first expected are needed. Ito said that airfare reductions since (JAL)/(JAS) entered bankruptcy are only hurting the struggling company more and creating imbalance in the market. "I can't help but say it is such a shame . . . public aid is used to support such an awful airfare system and services," he said.
May 2010: (ANA) reported a net loss of -$616 million for its fiscal year ended March 31, significantly widened from a -$45 million deficit in the prior fiscal year, and warned that "conditions for the aviation industry remain severe" despite a "steady [economic] recovery from the global recession."
Executive VP, Tomohiro Hidema said, "In the midst of the global recession brought on by the financial crisis in the USA, aviation demand also dropped due to the effects of H1N1 influenza in the first half of the [fiscal] year. These factors brought on an extremely harsh business environment at a level of severity we've never seen before." He added that the airline has "succeeded in creating some demand in the leisure market - - - [but] recovery for business travel and in unit prices remains slow, causing revenues to fall far below forecasted levels."
Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 to 2010 revenue fell -11.8% to $13.2 billion, while expenses dropped -7.4% to $13.79 billion, producing an operating loss of -$583 million, reversed from an operating profit of +$81 million in (FY) 2008 to 2009. The domestic Japanese market generated $6.78 billion in revenue, down -9.8%, as domestic traffic decreased -5.8% to 35.4 billion (RPK)s on a -3.6% cut in capacity to 57.1 billion (ASK)s. Load factor was 62% LF, down -1.5 points.
International revenue lowered -26.4% to $2.3 billion, despite a +4.4% rise in traffic to 20.22 billion (RPK)s owing to "the strong impact of the drop in unit prices," (ANA) said. International capacity decreased -4.2% to 26.72 billion (ASK)s and load factor lifted +6.3 points to 75.7% LF.
The company forecasted that it will return to profitability in (FY) 2010 to 2011 with net income of $54 million on a +10.8% increase in revenue to $14.62 billion. "Our current outlook of the environment surrounding our business is cautiously optimistic," it said.
(ANA) may take another look at whether it should place an A380 order owing to looming competition from airlines that operate the airplane through Japan, a senior executive said. Hitoshi Kawahara, (ANA)'s Director International & Regulatory Affairs, said (ANA) has become "more interested" in the A380 because rivals such as Singapore Airlines (SIA) soon may be able to use it to pick up passengers in Japan and carry them to/from the USA and other key markets.
He said (ANA) previously had decided against the airplane but explained that its interest has been rekindled by passengers' positive reception to the initial A380s in service and the anticipated deregulation of some international markets. A catalyst for a potential (ANA) A380 order is a possible "open-skies" deal between Japan and Singapore that may happen within the next three years and would allow (SIA) to pick up passengers in Japan for onward service to the USA, a key market for (ANA). He noted that Japanese carriers have not done a very good job of capturing fourth freedom traffic.
However, the 787 launch customer could elect to opt for the 747-8 instead. A number of factors will go into the decision. For example, (ANA) insiders said that Tokyo Haneda's becoming open to more international service when the airport's fourth runway is inaugurated later this year, will introduce a major fragmentation issue into the Tokyo market because business passengers are likely to prefer the downtown airport to Narita.
Also weighing in on the debate is the fact that bankrupt Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS), which once boasted the world's largest 747 fleet, plans to ground the type to pare back costs.
777-381ER (37948, JA786A), delivery.
June 2010: All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Air Macau (MCU) reached a code share agreement effective July 1, under which (ANA) will place its code on Air Macau (MCU)'s flights to Macau from Tokyo Narita (thrice-weekly) and Osaka Kansai (five-times-weekly), while Air Macau (MCU) will place its code on (ANA)'s domestic flights. The two carriers also will link their frequent-flyer programs. Separately, (ANA) announced it will increase daily, Tokyo Narita - Seoul Incheon service to 10-times-weekly from August 10 - September 26.
(ANA) will launch service from Tokyo Haneda to Los Angeles (daily), Honolulu (daily), Singapore Changi (daily), Bangkok (daily) and Taipei Songshan (twice-daily) on October 31.
(ANA) is upgrading its website to handle bookings from China and other Asian countries using local currencies. To encourage customers to take advantage, (ANA) is offering bonus mile incentives.
3 777-381ERs (37949, JA787A; 40686, JA788A; 40687, JA789A), deliveries.
July 2010: All Nippon Airways (ANA) expects to achieve a net profit of +¥5 billion in its current fiscal year, to March 31, despite losing a net -¥5.25 billion/-$607,754 million in the three months to June 30. The first-quarter results represent a sharp improvement
on the loss of -¥29.2 billion a year earlier, and on an operating basis, (ANA) made a profit of +¥2.98 billion, compared with a loss of -¥49.5 billion in the corresponding period of 2009 to 2010.
Revenue rose +13.7% to 306.9 billion for the quarter, partly thanks to higher capacity to international destinations, such as Shenyang, in northeastern China, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Domestic demand for business (C) travel was stronger in the quarter than a year earlier, (ANA) said, adding that it had also cut costs. The operating profit for the fiscal year is projected at +¥42 billion and revenue at ¥1.36 trillion, +10.7% higher than a year earlier.
(ANA) said it will merge its three wholly owned Low Cost Carrier (LCC) subsidiaries, Air Nippon Network, Air Next and Air Central, into one carrier on October 1. The move will "streamline…operations and respond more flexibly to a changing airline industry," it said, adding that the merger will "help the (ANA) Group as a whole build a more adaptive operating structure." Air Nippon Network will be the "surviving" company and will change its name to "ANA WINGS." There will be no issue of new shares or payments of funds resulting from the merger since all three companies are 100% controlled by (ANA).
August 2010: 787 Dreamliner launch customer, (ANA) said in a brief statement that the latest delay to the 787 program "is regrettable," while a Boeing (TBC) official said the delay "is much less important than the thoroughness of the process that gets us" to first delivery.
(TBC) had confirmed recently that first 787 deliveries would be pushed back to "the middle of the first quarter 2011." "The reason was a combined impact of several issues unrelated to the airplane's performance in flight test," VP Marketing, Randy Tinseth wrote in a blog post elaborating on the (TBC)'s statement announcing the delay. He noted that "just recently, Rolls-Royce (RRC) experienced some engine availability challenges. The cumulative impact of this new issue, on top of the other issues, has led to our revising our expected timing for first delivery by a few weeks."
(ANA) said in an e-mailed statement, "Given the success of the flight test program so far, it is regrettable to hear of the delay. However, we trust that the time will be used to deliver the best possible airplane in the shortest possible time-frame."
Tinseth said the 787 "program awaits a substitute [Trent 1000] engine from (RRC)." (RRC) had said the August 18 failure of one of its (Trent 1000) engines on a test bed would have no impact on the 787's Entry Into Service (EIS). Tinseth wrote that (TBC) "will work with [RRC] to address the contributing factors in the test incident." He added that 787 flight testing "continues at a healthy pace. We recently completed polar navigation and autopilot testing and wet runway landing demonstrations."
He emphasized that (TBC)'s main focus is on delivering a top-standard airplane to (ANA) and other customers. "We've said it before: Building a new airplane is hard work. But the certification and (EIS) has to be right. Clearly, first delivery will be a great event when it happens because we'll know that the airplane we're presenting to our customer is safe, efficient and reliable. In the big picture, the date of the event is much less important than the thoroughness of the process that gets us there."
(ANA) said it will resume service to Jakarta in January from Tokyo Narita with daily 767-300ER service and will launch new daily service to Manila from Narita in March, also with a 767-300ER. (ANA) additionally announced that it will suspend its daily A320 Nagoya Chubu - Shanghai Pudong route from October 31 "owing to adjustments" in its winter schedule.
(ANA) announced a significant upgrade to its services and network from Tokyo Haneda (HND), the city's close-in airport that opens to international flights from October 31 following the activation of its fourth runway on October 21.
(ANA) previously announced its international destinations from (HND) as: Los Angeles, Honolulu, Singapore, Bangkok, Taipei Songshan, Beijing, Shanghai Hongqiao, and Seoul Gimpo. (ANA) announced now that most of its (HND) international flights will be operated by 777-200ER/300ERs with a few 767-300ER services.
(ANA) will open its new (HND) international terminal on October 21. Japan's government is aiming to turn the airport into a major international hub for Japan and Asia. (ANA) said it will offer passengers flying to (HND) from regional airports seamless connections to overseas destinations.
(ANA)'s (HND) expansion is not just on the intentional side. On October 13, it will unveil the doubling in size of its domestic terminal and will increase frequencies on 11 domestic routes. At the same time, (ANA) will suspend five routes to (HND) for the winter but will add three new routes.
(ANA) also said it will launch service from Tokyo Narita to Jakarta on January 27 and Manila on February 27.
737-881 (33898, JA61AN), ex-(N1786B), plus 3 767-381ERFs (25619, JA8970; 27339, JA8664; 40564, JA619A), converted to freighter by (SASCO).
September 2010: All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Hong Kong-based, First Eastern Investment Group signed a Memo of Agreement (MOA) to establish what the two are calling “Japan’s first low-cost carrier (LCC)” to operate both international and domestic routes from Osaka Kansai International. (ANA) said Osaka was chosen as a base because it is a 24-hour airport and has excess capacity. The as-yet-unnamed airline, which will have its own brand and management, independent from (ANA), is to be established before year end. Japanese investors will have a 66.7% stake, of which (ANA) will hold 39%. First Eastern will have the remaining 33.3%, which is the maximum level of foreign ownership allowed under Japanese law. Flights are expected to commence in the second half of 2011.
(ANA) President & CEO, Shinichiro Ito said (ANA) has been working to substantially improve its network between Japan and Asia. “Regardless of the intense competition in the air transportation industry, we anticipate an increase in passenger traffic demand in East Asia, and came to the conclusion that a low-cost carrier would be the right approach to compete effectively in this market,” he said.
According to (ANA), the airline will follow the standard (LCC) template with a point-to-point network focus, a single airplane type, high-density seating, "maximum utilization of (LCC) infrastructure," and "high employee productivity." Service levels will be simple, with additional items available for sale. Startup capital is put at ¥10 billion to ¥15 billion/$119 million to $179 million) and the airline expects to make a profit in its third year.
Although (ANA) claims to be the first to launch an (LCC) in Japan, others have come before it, the most well known being Skymark (SKM) and Air Do (HIA), both of which are operating. The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) also identified StarFlyer (STF), AirNext (NXA) and Ibex as efforts to launch low-cost airlines in Japan.
Boeing (TBC) announced it has begun assembly of the 1,000th 767, a 767-300ER, at its Everett factory. Mechanics (MT) have loaded the wing spar into the assembly tool, it said. "This is an important milestone for the 767, which has continued to evolve and improve since entering service nearly 30 years ago," 767 Program VP & General Manager, Kim Pastega said. "The 767 is a high-performing twin-aisle airplane that delivers nearly 99% dispatch reliability every day for more than >90 operators around the world."
The 767-300ER is scheduled for delivery to (ANA) in February 2011. (ANA) has taken delivery of a total 89 767s; its first order for the type came in 1979. According to its website, (ANA) first introduced the 767 in June 1983.
787 Dreamliner launch customer, (ANA) said it will change 15 of its 55 787-8 orders to the extended-body, 787-9 model.
Separately, Mango Aviation Partners, the specialist firm used by Qantas (QAN) to help establish Jetstar (IMU), announced it has been contracted by (ANA) "to manage and advise on the set-up of a new low-cost carrier (LCC)" that will be jointly owned by (ANA) and Hong Kong-based, First Eastern Investment Group. (ANA) and First Eastern inked a Memo of Understanding (MOA) in September to form the airline, which will operate both international and domestic routes from Osaka Kansai.
Mango previously has advised on the establishment of Philippine Airlines-connected, AirPhil Express (PHP), Thai Airways (TII)-connected Nok Air (NKA) and Jetstar (IMU). Mango Managing Partner, Andrew Cowen said that given "the limited success of flag carriers that have set up (LCC)s in the past," (ANA) and other airlines desire "specialist (LCC) management and advisory services."
Regarding the 787 order change, (ANA) has proposed a high-density configuration of approximately 400 seats to be used on domestic routes. It is planning an approximate 300-seat configuration for the 787-8.
Air China (BEJ) recently converted 15 787-8s to 787-9s. Boeing (TBC) currently lists 205 orders for the 787-9 versus 642 for the 787-8.
First deliveries of the 787 have been pushed back to the middle of the first quarter 2011. A delivery date for (ANA)'s 787-9s was not disclosed; (TBC) in July said the first 787-9 delivery is scheduled for late 2013.
737-881 (33899, JA62AN), delivery.
October 2010: The (ANA) Group reported net income of +¥18.5 billion/+$221 million in its fiscal second quarter ended September 30, improved over earnings of +¥3.8 billion in the year-ago period.
(ANA) cited "tight cost controls and rising passenger demand" for the stronger result. Operating revenues climbed +10.1% to ¥372.2 billion, while operating expenses rose just +1.4% to ¥323.4 billion, creating an operating profit of +¥53.8 billion, much improved over +¥14.1 billion for the 2009 period. Results would have been stronger but for the need to record an extraordinary charge of ¥14.1 billion linked to antitrust investigations (ATI) into airline price-fixing.
For the fiscal first half, (ANA) posted net income of +¥13.2 billion, reversing last year's loss of -¥25.3 billion on a +11.8% rise in sales to ¥684.1 billion. It had an operating profit of +¥56.8 billion, compared to a loss of -¥28.2 billion last year.
(ANA) now expects to report a net profit of +¥6 billion for the year ending March 31, 2011, raised from a forecast of +¥5 billion previously. Revenues are expected to total ¥1.38 billion, up from ¥1.23 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 - 2010.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) will launch daily, Tokyo Narita – Manila service in March aboard 767-300ERs and will resume operating daily 767 service to Jakarta in January following a three-year cessation. It will increase four-times-weekly, freighter service to Shanghai Pudong to six-times-weekly in October.
(ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) have both secured regulatory approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism for their respective transpacific joint ventures (JV)s with Continental Airlines (CAL) and United Airlines (UAL), on one hand, and American Airlines (AAL) on the other.
The approvals follow tentative Anti Trust Immunity (ATI) clearance for both alliances earlier this month from the USA Department of Transportation. On receipt of final (DOT) approval, the airlines say they will accelerate preparation of their joint network, with implementation expected in the first half of 2011.
(JAL) says that following the formal signing of "open skies" between the USA and Japan, which is anticipated shortly—and upon obtaining the final (DOT) approval—the two airlines will enter into a joint business agreement as two independent legal entities, enabling them to cooperate commercially on routes between North America and Asia.
(JAL) President, Masaru Onishi said, "There has been and will be more developments in the Japanese aviation sector and we are intent on keeping the marketplace competitive so that customers can benefit from more travel options and enhanced services. I look forward to taking our partnership with American Airlines (AAL) to a deeper level so that we can more effectively serve the needs of our valuable customers." (AAL) (CEO), Gerard Arpey called the (JV) "a win-win situation for all involved."
737-881 (33901, JA63AN), delivery.
November 2010: The USA Department of Transportation gave final approval for antitrust immunity (ATI) to Oneworld (ONW) alliance members American Airlines (AAL) and Japan Airlines (JAL) and, separately, to Star (SAL) Alliance members United Airlines (UAL), Continental Airlines (CAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA), to operate their respective transpacific joint ventures (JV)s.
The (DOT)'s official clearance of both (JV)s follows tentative approval last month and enables the implementation of the USA - Japan "open skies" accord to which the two nations agreed late last year. The Japanese government has already approved both partnerships.
(ANA) President & (CEO), Shinichiro Ito said, "The clearance enables us to begin the preparatory work necessary to launch our joint venture (JV) next spring, and to cooperate more closely with United (UAL) and Continental (CAL) for the benefit of customers." (UAL)/(CAL) parent, United Continental Holdings President & CEO, Jeff Smisek added that the (JV) will allow for "more convenient, more seamless" transpacific travel.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has become the latest international airline to plead guilty to price fixing charges, and (ANA) has agreed to pay a $73 million criminal fine. (ANA) admitted “its role in two separate conspiracies to fix prices in the air transportation industry,” the USA Justice Department (DOJ) said. Including (ANA), a total of 19 airlines and 14 executives have been charged in the (DOJ)’s continuing investigation. So far, more than >$1.6 billion in criminal fines has been obtained. A two-count felony charge was filed November 1 in the USA District Court in Washington, DC. According to the charges, the Japanese carrier engaged in a conspiracy to fix “one or more components of cargo rates” on international shipments from at least as early as April 1, 2000, until at least February 14, 2006. (ANA) was also charged with engaging in a conspiracy to fix unpublished passenger fares on tickets purchased in the USA. from at least as early as April 1, 2000, until at least April 1, 2004. Unpublished fares are offered to travel agents for purchase by certain consumers. (ANA) “carried out the conspiracies … during meetings and other communications,” the (DOJ) said. “As part of the conspiracies, (ANA) levied cargo rates and unpublished passenger fares in accordance with the agreements reached, and monitored and enforced adherence to the agreed-upon cargo rates and unpublished passenger fares.” The (ANA) charges are the result of a joint investigation being conducted by the Justice Department Antitrust Division’s National Criminal Enforcement Section, the (FBI)’s Washington Field Office, the USA
Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General and the USA Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General. (ANA) has agreed to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.
(ANA) will launch daily service from Tokyo Narita to Jakarta using a 767-300ER beginning January 7.
December 2010: (ANA) said it has "received notification" from South Korea's Fair Trade Commission "of an alleged violation by (ANA)" of Korean antitrust laws related to cargo surcharges, and has been ordered to pay a KRW1.633 billion/$1.4 million fine. "(ANA) intends to carefully consider the details of the notice and give an appropriate response through its legal representative," (ANA) said.
(ANA) and JP Express are recruiting 767 Captains and First Officer Flight Crew (FC). Applicants can apply online through Crew Resources Worldwide. (ANA) was represented by Crew Resources Worldwide at the http://www.FltOps.com Flight Crew (FC) job fair in Washington DC last month.
(ANA) and EgyptAir (EGP) reached a code share agreement under which (ANA) will place its (NH) code on (EGP)'s six-times-weekly, Cairo - Tokyo Narita service and four-times weekly, Cairo - Osaka Kansai service on December 20. (EGP) will place its code on (ANA) service between Kansai and Sapporo/Haneda/Fukuoka and on flights between Narita and Osaka Itami.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Hawaiian Airlines (HWI) have announced a new cargo code share, which represents the first fruits of a broader partnership agreement the carriers signed in October. Under the latest deal, (ANA) will place its code on (HWI)’s Tokyo Haneda - Honolulu flight, operated with a 767-300ER. The code share also covers cargo from beyond markets in Asia and the USA. The arrangement began December 22. The two airlines signed a letter of agreement in October, committing to explore passenger and cargo code sharing and frequent flier links. They plan to cooperate further “as their alliance develops.” (ANA) began its Haneda - Honolulu service on October 31, and (HWI) began flying this route on November 17.
737-881 (33903, JA65AN), ex-(N1786B), delivery.
January 2011: All Nippon Airways (ANA) said strong international traffic growth helped by new Tokyo Haneda routes led to a surge in profits for its fiscal third quarter ended December 31. The airline's quarterly net income of +¥24.2 billion/+$294.9 million was reversed from a -¥9.8 billion net deficit in the quarter ended December 31, 2009.
Fiscal third-quarter operating revenue climbed +13.8% year-over-year to ¥354.9 billion, while operating expenses rose +3.9% to ¥334.1 billion, creating an operating profit of +¥20.8 billion, a significant turnaround over the -¥10.4 billion operating loss incurred in the prior-year period.
Nine-month revenue lifted +12.5% to ¥1.04 trillion, while operating income for the fiscal year's first three quarters swung to +¥77.7 billion from a loss of -¥37.8 billion in the prior fiscal year's first nine months. Nine-month net profit of +¥37.5 billion reversed a loss of -¥35.1 billion in the prior nine-month period.
Nine-month domestic traffic grew +4.4% to 27.9 billion, while capacity (ASK)s declined -1.8% million to 42.7 billion, increasing load factor +3.9 points to 65.3% LF. International routes saw an increase of +12.4% to 16.8 billion, while (ASK)s rose +7.7% to 21.6 billion, lifting load factor +3.3 points to 77.8% LF.
Despite a gradual rebound in the Japanese economy, the airline warned that growth is likely to be flat while oil prices remain a concern. (ANA) is also cautious on competition with other airlines and the Shinkansen bullet train.
(ANA) will launch daily, 767-300ER Tokyo Narita - Manila service on February 27.
(ANA) said it plans to launch daily, Tokyo Narita - Chengdu service in June aboard a 737-700ER, its first direct connection to an inland Chinese city. It also plans to add frequencies to its service from Tokyo Haneda to both Beijing and Shanghai.
(ANA) started flying to Jakarta earlier this month with 767-300ERs outfitted with its business (C) cradle seat product.
(ANA) outlined its fleet plan for its fiscal year starting April 1, noting that the delayed delivery of the 787 is forcing it to place additional 767-300ERs on international routes and 737-800s on domestic routes. For the year, it is slated to take delivery of four 767-300ERs, while retiring one 767-300 that had been used for domestic flying; take delivery of two 737-800s, while retiring four A320-200s and two 737-500s; and receive three Bombardier DHC-8-Q400s while retiring two DHC-8-Q300s.
747-481 (25645, N596MS), sold and stored at Xiamen. 767-381ER (40566, JA621A), delivery. 787-881 (34486, N1006F), first flight.
February 2011: All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Hong Kong-based First Eastern Investment Group said they have "finalized" a joint venture (JV) agreement to launch a new Low Cost Carrier (LCC) based at Osaka Kansai International. A (JV) company called "A&F Aviation" will own and operate the airline.
(ANA) and First Eastern announced their intention to form a (LCC) last September. Osaka was chosen as a base because it is a 24-hour airport and has excess capacity, (ANA) said. Initial capitalization will be ¥30.1 million/$371,590 with (ANA) and First Eastern each investing ¥10 million and other investors adding ¥10 million. Another ¥15 billion/$182.8 million will be raised from domestic Japanese sources before the carrier is launched in the second half of (ANA)'s fiscal year starting April 1, (ANA) said.
The carrier, which will have an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) separate from (ANA), is expected to fly both domestically and to Asia/Pacific destinations, though specific routes and airplanes to be operated were not revealed. Ultimately, First Eastern's maximum holding in the carrier can be 33% under Japanese law. (ANA) is expected to hold around a 39% stake with other Japanese investors owning the rest.
(ANA) filed an application with the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Tourism for antitrust immunity (ATI) to launch a joint venture (JV) with Lufthansa (DLH) on routes between Japan and Europe. According to (ANA), the new routes will “allow the two carriers to bring substantial benefits to passengers by creating a more efficient and comprehensive service across their networks.”
A (DLH) spokesperson in Frankfurt confirmed that the application is expected to be approved this summer. Subject to government approval, the companies plan to coordinate schedules between Japan and Europe and cooperate on pricing, sales and network planning, while sharing revenues on the routes. The spokesperson confirmed that there are no plans for financial participation by (DLH) in (ANA). “With this (JV), we want to secure our position on the market between Europe and Japan for the future,” the spokesperson said. (DLH) and (ANA) have had a code sharing agreement since 1998. (ANA) has been in the Star (SAL) Alliance since 1999.
“By forging this closer cooperation, we will significantly enhance our ability to serve customers throughout Europe and offer new choice and convenience for passengers,” said (ANA) President & CEO, Shinichiro Ito.
(DLH) (CEO), Christoph Franz said the application deepens (DLH)’s long-standing partnership with (ANA) and “will send a good signal to our customers in Japan and Europe.”
The USA Department of Transportation last fall gave final approval for antitrust immunity (ATI) to Oneworld (ONW) alliance members American Airlines (AAL) and Japan Airlines (JAL) and, separately, to (SAL) Alliance members United Airlines (UAL), Continental Airlines (CAL) and (ANA), to operate their respective transpacific joint ventures (JV)s.
March 2011: Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Haneda (HND) airports partially reopened for some flights after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake forced the busy facilities to shut down for most of the day, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. Sendai Airport, close to the epicenter of the quake in northeast Japan, was inundated by a tsunami, with photos from the scene showing people gathered on the roof of a terminal to avoid flood waters.
News reports from Tokyo estimated that more than >20,000 people were stranded at (NRT) and (HND) in the aftermath of the earthquake. Airlines throughout the world announced that flights to Tokyo had been cancelled, delayed or diverted, with All Nippon Airways (ANA) saying around 130 of its flights were axed. Finnair (FIN) said it has canceled its flights to Tokyo and the return flights from Tokyo to Helsinki. Its flights to Nagoya and Osaka will operate normally. USA airlines canceled most flights to and from Japan.
"Kyodo" news agency reported that 700 flights overall have been cancelled as a result of the quake. Neither (NRT) or (HND) has reported serious damage. Some flights en route to Tokyo at the time of the quake were diverted to airports in southern Japan such as Osaka Kansai, while others went to Seoul Inchon.
(ICAO) and four other United Nation (UN) bodies issued a joint statement declaring air travel to/from Japan safe, adding that they are "monitoring the situation closely and will advise of any changes."
With Japan scrambling to manage unstable nuclear reactors following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) joined with (ICAO) to state, "International flight and maritime operations can continue normally into and out of Japan's major airports and sea ports, excluding those damaged by the tsunami, according to the latest information available."
The organizations added that there is "currently no medical basis for imposing restrictions" and "screening for radiation of international passengers from Japan is not considered necessary at this time."
(IATA) said it welcomed the (UN) statement and reiterated that there "are no restrictions to normal air transport operations at Japan's major airports, including both [Tokyo] Haneda and Narita." Director General & CEO, Giovanni Bisignani said in a statement: "Effective air links are critically important at this time. Our members are rising to the challenge of bringing relief supplies, equipment and people to Japan as well as connecting families affected by this tragedy." (IATA) has warned of a "major slowdown" near-term in the Japanese air transport market.
April 2011: All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines(JAL)/(JAS) will operate relief flights to Sendai Airport (SDJ), more than a month after the airport was inundated by water following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast. The badly damaged airport has been closed to commercial flights.
The Japanese government announced that it will "partially" reopen the airport. "The airport is being opened sooner than originally expected," (ANA) said, crediting the efforts of the Japanese transport ministry, the Japanese and USA militaries and "other organizations." (ANA) will operate thrice-daily, (SDJ) - Tokyo Haneda airport (HND) relief flights using a 737-800 painted with the message, "Forward together as one, Japan." The message will also be painted on several other (ANA) airplanes in both Japanese and English.
(JAL)/(JAS) said that while "operating conditions at Sendai Airport remain subject to change," it plans to operate daily flights to (SDJ) from (HND) and Osaka Itami (ITM) from April 13 to 20 utilizing 737-800s. It has also extended the temporary suspension of (SDJ) flights from Fukuoka, (ITM) and Sapporo until May 31. Since March 12, (JAL)/(JAS) has operated "more than >700 extra flights to airports in the north, namely Yamagata, Hanamaki, Akita and Aomori from Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo," it said.
May 2011: All Nippon Airways (ANA) posted a +¥23.3 billion/+$284.4 million net profit for its fiscal year ended March 31, reversed from a -¥57.3 billion net loss in the prior fiscal year. But it incurred a -¥14.2 billion net loss in its fiscal fourth quarter, which was affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, narrowed from a -¥22.1 billion net loss in the March 2010 quarter.
President & CEO, Shinichiro Ito said, "We expanded our international business during the fiscal year with the addition of new services and increased capacity. At the same time we maintained a tight control on costs. As a result, our air transport business achieved an increase in revenue and improved profitability compared to the previous year when (ANA)'s performance was affected by the global recession. Looking forward, however, future prospects for the Japanese economy are unpredictable given substantially higher oil prices, the uncertain outlook for global business, fluctuations in exchange rates and the impact of the March 11 earthquake."
Full fiscal-year operating revenue rose +10.5% to ¥1.36 trillion, while expenses increased just +0.6% to ¥1.29 trillion, producing an operating profit of +¥67.8 billion, reversed from an operating loss of -¥54.2 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010. Full fiscal-year domestic traffic lifted +1.7% to 35.98 billion (RPK)s on a -0.5% drop in capacity to 56.8 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 63.4% LF, up +1.4 points. International traffic increased +10.9% to 22.43 billion (RPK)s on a +11.4% boost in capacity to 29.77 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 75.3% LF, down -0.3 point.
In a note to investors, (ANA) said that the "impact [from the March 11 earthquake and its aftermath] has been drastic cancellation and restriction of business travel and a reduced number of people traveling to Japan. This has resulted in a fall in revenue in the order of ¥19 billion due to the sudden decrease in passenger demand, particularly leisure travel demand." To manage the demand drop, (ANA) said it plans "to use smaller airplanes and decrease frequencies on certain routes while introducing promotional fares to stimulate demand on other routes."
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Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Star (SAL) Alliance partner All Nippon Airways (ANA) reached a code share agreement under which (SAS) will place its code on (ANA) Tokyo Narita (NRT) service to Sapporo, Osaka Itami, and Fukuoka, effective May 23. (ANA) will place its code on (SAS) (NRT) - Copenhagen (CPH) service, and will “at a later stage” put its code on (SAS) flights from London Heathrow to (CPH), Oslo (OSL) and Stockholm Arlanda (ARN); Frankfurt to (CPH), (OSL) and (ARN); and from Munich to (CPH) and (OSL).
Joint venture (JV) partners All Nippon Airways (ANA) and First Eastern Investment, a Hong Kong-based private equity firm, named their new Low Cost Carrier (LCC) as "Peach Aviation" (PCA). (ANA) said the name symbolizes longevity, energy and happiness — as peaches do in Japan. "The name "Peach" was chosen to reflect our mission of becoming a completely new type of airline that links destinations in Japan, and Japan with Asia," said Peach Aviation (PCA) (CEO), Shinichi Inoue.
Peach Aviation (PCA) also unveiled its airplane design, showing an A320 in white, pink and fuchsia. Services are expected to start in March 2012 from its base at Osaka Kansai.
June 2011: All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Lufthansa (DLH) won antitrust immunity (ATI) approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport to launch a joint venture (JV) operation on Japan - Europe routes. (ANA)/(DLH) plan to coordinate schedules and cooperate on pricing, sales and network planning, while sharing revenue on the routes with the (JV) launching during the 2011 winter timetable. "Customers will benefit from seamless transfers and better connections," (ANA)/(DLH) said.
(ANA) in April launched a transpacific (JV) with United Continental Holdings (CAL)/(UAL).
Peach Aviation (PCA), Japan’s newest low-cost carrier (LCC) formed by joint venture (JV) partners, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and First Eastern Investment, named former Ryanair (RYR) Chairman, Patrick Murphy as a corporate advisor. Murphy was appointed Chairman of (RYR) in 1991 and oversaw its transformation from a traditional full-service regional airline into a low-cost carrier (LCC). He left in 1994 and started his career as a consultant and advisor to airlines. (PCA) (CEO), Shinichi Inoue said that Murphy’s “advice and recommendations will be very valuable to the team.”
Amadeus won a contract from the (ANA) Group to deploy the Amadeus Altea suite of customer solutions including flight reservations, inventory and departure control systems, across (ANA)’s global network. (ANA) is the first Japanese airline to choose Altea.
"We are convinced that the Amadeus system will help us to expand our global marketing and improve productivity,” said (ANA) Executive VP Corporate Planning, Keisuke Okada. By outsourcing its passenger reservation system to Amadeus, (ANA) said it aims to reduce Information Technology (IT) costs by -¥1 billion/-$12.4 million annually. Implementation is slated to begin this month, with full migration from its existing legacy system to Amadeus expected to be completed by 2015. (ANA) will also be able to book passengers on alternate flights, or re-book, "with the simple click of a button," Amadeus noted.
Pratt & Whitney (P&W) won an order from All Nippon Airways (ANA) for 10 (PW4074D) engines to power five new 777s (ANA) has on order. The deal's value is $230 million.
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July 2011: All Nippon Airways (ANA) and AirAsia (ASW) announced the formation of a joint venture (JV), "AirAsia Japan" (WAJ), a new low-cost carrier (LCC) to be based at Tokyo Narita (NRT). The new (LCC) will operate under the AirAsia (ASW) brand, and will serve domestic and international destinations when it commences services in August 2012, subject to approvals.
(ANA) said that AirAsia Japan (WAJ) would take advantage Japan’s rapidly transforming aviation market, including the expansion of "open skies" agreements, and on the domestic side will look to counter growing competition from road- and rail-based travel. (ANA) also noted that (NRT) is seeking to increase capacity with the introduction of a new terminal and is expected to attract many (LCC)s and foreign airlines.
(ANA) said it had been seeking opportunities to launch a (LCC) based at (NRT) and concluded that partnering with an existing (LCC) is “the most efficient and strategically advantageous” option. “The formation of AirAsia Japan (WAJ) leverages AirAsia (ASW)’s successful business model and brings together the complementary strengths of the two companies, generating new demand with the aim of making affordable and quality travel available to all,” said (ANA).
(ANA) President & (CEO), Shinichiro Ito commented, “By combining AirAsia (ASW)’s business model and brand with (ANA)’s depth of knowledge of the Japanese market, we aim to bring new value to our customers and generate new demand. We believe that AirAsia Japan (WAJ) will make air travel more accessible and provide a convenient and efficient travel option for a wide range of people.”
AirAsia (ASW) Group (CEO), Tony Fernandes added, “AirAsia Japan (WAJ) will not only boost economic growth between (ASEAN) and East Asia by providing better access to markets around the region, but also enhance links within travel, trade and tourism.”
(ANA) will provide 51% of the capital to launch AirAsia Japan (WAJ) with AirAsia (ASW) putting up the remaining (49%) balance. It is still unclear how AirAsia Japan (WAJ) will impact Peach Aviation (PCA), the (JV) (LCC) formed by (ANA) and Hong Kong-based First Eastern Investment.
"Nikkei Business Daily" reported that (ANA) rival, Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) will team up with Australia's Jetstar (IMU) to create a new (LCC) "JetStar Japan."
August 2011: Still reeling from the after effects of March's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan, All Nippon Airways (ANA) incurred a -¥8.4 billion/-$107.9 million net loss for its fiscal first quarter ended June 30, widened from a -¥5.2 billion net deficit in the prior-year period.
"The losses during the period reflect the severe disruption caused by the Great East Japan earthquake in March, which resulted in a significant decline in passenger numbers," (ANA) stated. "Despite the steady recovery of the Japanese economy during the period, the short-term outlook remains unclear due to factors including restrictions on electric power distribution, the nuclear power shutdown and a steep rise in crude oil prices."
There are some good signs, though. On the domestic front, "business (C) passenger numbers began to recover after bottoming out in April, with the level of demand in June almost returning to that of the previous year," (ANA) said. "Leisure traffic also showed signs of improvement after April."
Regarding long-haul flying, (ANA) noted, "In the month immediately following the earthquake, there was a marked decline in international passenger numbers. However, traffic levels began to rebound around the middle of April, with business demand showing early recovery. However, recovery in leisure demand is slow; above all, with in-bound passenger numbers significantly down."
(ANA)'s fiscal first-quarter operating revenue declined -0.6% year-over-year to ¥305 billion, while expenses heightened +3.1% to ¥313.1 billion, producing an operating loss of -¥8.1 billion, reversed from a +¥2.9 billion operating profit in the 2010 June quarter.
Looking ahead, (ANA) said it does not "expect demand to return to pre-earthquake levels until the end of this fiscal year [March 31, 2012]."
Boeing (TBC) rolled out the first 787 that will enter service with All Nippon Airways (ANA). The airplane is slated to be delivered to (ANA) in September following certification. It is the eighth 787 built by (TBC) and sports a livery that (ANA) said reflects core elements of its service brand—"innovation, uniqueness and the inspiration of Japan." The livery will be applied to the first two 787s put into service. SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "ANA-2011-1ST 787 ROLLED OUT."
(ANA) said it will use different 787 configurations depending on how the airplane will be utilized: (ANA) Dreamliners flown on domestic routes will carry 264 passengers (12 business (C) and 252 economy (Y)); those operated on long-haul international flights will have 158 seats (46 business (C) and 112 economy (Y)); and those used on short-haul international flights will have 222 seats (42 business (C) and 180 economy (Y)).
(ANA)'s first 787, for crew training purposes, will be configured for short-haul international routes even though it will operate domestically.
(ANA) plans to first operate the airplane next month on a charter flight from Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Hong Kong, followed by several 1 hour (NRT) excursion flights and then it will be placed into service on the Tokyo Haneda (HND) - Okayama, and (HND) - Hiroshima routes.
Mitsuo Morimoto, ANA Senior Executive VP Operations & Airport Services, said: "We intend to use the 787 Dreamliner to expand our business, particularly our international routes. We are aiming to increase our revenues from international operations significantly and the 787 will play an instrumental role in this."
(ANA) is promising passengers a new experience when they fly the 787 Dreamliner. (ANA) will "refresh the parts that other airlines can't reach," Mineo Yamamoto, President & (CEO) said through an interpreter recently. He wasn't talking about breath mints.
The new in-flight amenity to be offered by (ANA) is a bidet. It will be an industry first, at least for commercial jet travel. (ANA) will be the first airline to operate the 787, starting next May. It has 50 on order. The bidets will be in lavs in both economy and premium classes on (ANA)'s 787s.
Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) will also have bidets on its 787s, but they will be for premium passengers. Given the popularity of bidets in Japan, the country's two main airlines wanted bidets in their jetliner lavs before now. But they were not previously available.
In Japan, bidets can be found not only in the majority of homes, but in many department stores, office buildings, government offices and hotels. Some of the more fancy models have special add-ons, including a heated seat, remote-control blow dryer and massage function. But that kind of complexity would not work on a commercial jetliner. The bidets will be part of the toilet, but the pressure-activated bidet would only spray jets of warm water upward when the passenger is seated on the toilet and pushes a button on a control panel.
The Washlet, as the combination toilet and bidet is called, will be supplied by TOTO Ltd of Japan, one of the largest makers of jetliner lavs. A spokesman for (ANA) said the airline had approached TOTO about supplying bidets for the Dreamliner but was told that it would not be cost-effective to produce Washlets for only the 50 planes that (ANA) has ordered.
So Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) came on board. It has 35 787 Dreamliners on order and will take delivery of the first after (ANA).
So far, only the two Japanese airlines have said they will have bidets on the 787. But other airlines could follow. The "Washlet" is listed by Boeing (TBC) in its 787 options catalog.
Cleaning those 787 windows: It's not just passenger bottoms that will get a special cleaning on (ANA) 787s. In a recent briefing for reporters about the 787, (ANA) executives said they had persuaded (TBC) to install an automatic window-washing system for the 787 cockpit windows.
Those 787 windows do not open, so cleaning them from inside the cockpit would not be possible. A service truck would be needed. And that takes more time and is more expensive. So (TBC) agreed to the automatic window-washing system, according to (ANA). "We insisted on that," (ANA) said. "It was very important to us."
The (ANA) Group announced its first 787 regular domestic service will be routes from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Okayama and Hiroshima (HIJ), both beginning on November 1. It will also operate a special charter flight between Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Hong Kong (HKG) on October 26 & 27.
The 787 will be used on the (HND) - Beijing route from December, and will be the airplane’s first regular international service. Regular domestic flights are expected to begin by the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 from (HND) to Itami (ITM), Yamaguchi Ube, and Matsuyama.
The first regular long-haul international 787 service will be (HND) - Frankfurt, beginning as a thrice-weekly service in January 2012, and increasing to daily in February.
(ANA) also announced a revised flight schedule for the second half of (FY) 2011, as demand recovers “gradually” from the earthquake in Japan. (ANA) will launch Chubu - (HKG) service on October 30, suspend daily nagoya (NGO) - Shanghai service on October 30 and will decrease daily, (NRT) service to Shenyang and Chengdu to thrice-weekly and four-times-weekly, respectively, October 30 - January 18, 2012.
On (NRT) service to Xiamen and Guangzhou, it will replace the 737-700s with 767-300ERs on October 30. It will also launch twice-daily, Osaka Itami - Akita (AXT) service on December 16, daily, Matsuyama - Okinawa (OKA) service on October 30, and will resume daily Chitose (CTS) - Monbetsu service on October 30. Also on October 30, it will increase (HND) service to (CTS) (16-times-daily to 17/18-times-daily), (AXT) (four-times-daily to five) and Tokushima (thrice-daily to four), as well as (NRT) - Fukuoka (twice-daily to three), (ITM) - Oita (twice-daily to three) and (HIJ) - (OKA) (daily to twice-daily).
September 2011: All Nippon Airways (ANA) officially applied to Japan's Legal Affairs Bureau to establish its planned joint venture (JV) Low Cost Carrier (LCC) with AirAsia (ASW) to be called AirAsia Japan (WAJ).
(ANA) said it will apply for an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) for AirAsia Japan (WAJ) "with the aim of beginning low-cost operations from August next year." (WAJ) will be based at Tokyo Narita.
(ANA) said it will initially invest ¥10 million in the (JV), with its total investment eventually rising to ¥5 billion/$65.1 million, giving it a 51% stake.
Kazuyuki Iwakata, (ANA) VP International & Regulatory Affairs, was named (CEO) of AirAsia Japan (AAJ). (WAJ) plans to operate both domestic and international flights.
The All Nippon Airways Group said its pilot (FC) unions are threatening a 24-hour strike on October 1st. (ANA) said it is continuing “urgent negotiations” to avert industrial action and its disruption to passengers. It said it has put forward a “fair set of proposals with the pilots unions.” (ANA) said the strike would cause 186 cancellations and cause 66 delays for domestic flights. International flights would not be affected.
INCDT: An All Nippon Airways (ANA) 737-700 experienced a violent roll after a first officer (FC) apparently mistook the rudder trim switch for the cockpit door switch, causing the airplane to descend 6,000 ft. Two flight attendants (CA) were slightly injured.
According to "The Aviation Herald" and Japanese newspaper reports, (ANA) Flight NH-140 was en route from Okinawa to Tokyo Haneda with 117 people on board when the first officer (FC) went to open the cockpit door for the captain (FC), who was returning from a toilet break. However, according to "Mainichi Daily" reports, (ANA) said he mistook the cockpit door switch for the rudder trim switch, which is 4 inches away, causing the airplane to roll violently.
Japan's Transportation Safety Board has rated the occurrence as serious and opened an investigation.
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October 2011: All Nippon Airways (ANA) reported net income of +¥22.8 billion/+$301 million for the first half of its fiscal year ended September 30, up +72.1% over a +¥13.2 billion net profit in the six months ended September 30, 2010.
First-half operating revenue heightened +3% year-over-year to ¥704.8 billion while expenses rose +4.4% to ¥654.7 billion, producing an operating profit of +¥50.1 billion, down -6.6%.
"Demand for air travel recovered from the effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11," (ANA) stated. "Nevertheless, the short-term outlook remains unclear due to factors such as the weakening global economy, steep rises in crude oil prices, and volatility in exchange rates and equity markets. In light of the prevailing economic conditions, (ANA) has sought to minimize the impact of the earthquake by promoting various initiatives to stimulate demand and reduce costs."
Fiscal first-half domestic traffic decreased -8.5% year-over-year to 17.05 billion (RPK)s on flat capacity of 28.41 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 60% LF, down -5.6 points. International traffic for the six-month period heightened +10.7% to 12.2 billion (RPK)s on a +21.5% lift in capacity to 16.92 (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 72.1% LF, down -7 points.
"There was a marked decline in international passengers following the earthquake but numbers, led by business demand, began to rebound around the middle of April," (ANA) said. "By June, business (C) traffic had almost recovered to the level prior to the earthquake. Outbound leisure demand has also remained firm since July but a full recovery in inbound demand will require more time."
(ANA) flew its first 787 passenger service on October 26. Flight NH7871, a special charter, took off from Narita Airport. The 4 hour 30 minutes flight to Hong Kong carried mainly international media, (ANA) and Boeing (TBC) executives and VIP guests. The 787's 100 economy (Y) seats were sold to the public as a package that includes a one-night hotel stay in Hong Kong; six business-class (C) seats were also put up for a charity auction sale.
(ANA) President & CEO, Shinichiro Ito began a day-long set of ceremonies with a media briefing at Narita ahead of a Japanese traditional Kagami-wari ceremony before the inaugural flight.
The first scheduled domestic 787 service will be a Haneda - Okayama route beginning November 1, with a Haneda - Hiroshima flight also departing later that day.
The first scheduled 787 international service will be the Haneda - Beijing route that begins in December. A new (ANA) route (Haneda to Frankfurt) begins in January and will mark the 787's first long-haul international service.
Later, it was stated (ANA) is examining the USA West Coast as a potential destination for its new 787 routes. (ANA) wants to expand its European and North American network with the 787.
(ANA) has received two of the 55 787s it has on order. A total of 20 airplanes are scheduled to be delivered by the end of (ANA)’s 2012 fiscal year on March 31, 2013. “The 787 is said to be a game changer and it will allow us to expand our network,” (ANA) President & CEO, Shinichiro Ito said.
ANA’s first scheduled international 787 routes will include Tokyo Haneda (HND) - Beijing, beginning in December, and (HND) - Frankfurt, beginning in January. Its first domestic routes will include (HND) - Itami, (HND) - Yamaguchi Ube and (HND) - Matsuyama by the end of March 2013.
(ANA) estimates the 787’s fuel savings will eventually be worth $130 million a year. Ito said that with just two newly delivered airplanes, it was still too early to determine the exact fuel performance of the 787, which ended up heavier than originally designed. “We don’t expect a substantial gap between performance and expectations but this is the first airplane and we are examining the performance but need more time,” he said.
The airline’s second 787 passenger flight, NH7872, a special charter, returned from (HKG) - (NRT) on October 27.
AirAsia X (ASX) told "Bloomberg News" it might buy more than >60 new longhaul planes to support ambitions that include a possible hub in Japan, connecting the country to leisure destinations like Honolulu and Guam. A Japanese hub would also enable it to share traffic with AirAsia Japan (AAJ), the new Low Cost Carrier (LCC) venture with All Nippon (ANA). Busan in Korea is another market (ASX) has on its radar, according to the Korean news source "Joins."
Korea is also on the radar for Peach Aviation (PCA), that other new Japanese Low Cost Carrier (LCC), backed by All Nippon (ANA). Its first international route, sure enough, will be Osaka Kansai to Seoul Incheon. First, though, will come domestic routes: Osaka Kansai to Sapporo and Fukuoka. (PCA) also sees big potential in China.
Peach Aviation (PCA), Japan’s newest low-cost carrier (LCC), confirmed it has obtained approval from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to operate flights to congested airports.
(PCA) is preparing for its first flight March 1, 2012. It will launch 3X daily Osaka Kansai (KIX) - Sapporo service and 4X daily (KIX) - Fukuoka service. Its first A320 will be delivered next month.
Formed by joint venture (JV) partners All Nippon Airways (ANA) and First Eastern Investment, former Ryanair (RYR) Chairman, Patrick Murphy was named as a corporate advisor in July.
(PCA) said it plans to announce air fares in late November. It said it will “provide new travel options at affordable prices, and will act as a bridge between Japan and the growing economies of other Asian countries."
767-381ER (40896, JA625A), and 787-881 (34497, JA802A), ex-(N1014X) deliveries.
December 2011: Air New Zealand (ANZ) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) will establish a closer partnership from March 25 providing passengers on both airlines with improved access to destinations in Japan and New Zealand.
The partnership, subject to regulatory approval, will give (ANZ) passengers access beyond the gateways of Tokyo Narita and Osaka Kansai through (ANA)’s network of 700 flights a day to 48 domestic destinations. At the same time, (ANA) passengers will have access to destinations in New Zealand and the Australasian region beyond (ANZ)’s Auckland gateway.
According to (ANZ), the partnership will also open up Japan as a corridor for New Zealanders traveling to Europe and other Asian destinations.
(ANZ) will move its airport base at Narita to Terminal 1 South from March 25, 2012, placing it alongside other Star (SAL) Alliance carriers.
(ANA) with its first two 787s in service, now has a delay receiving its third owing to a Boeing (TBC) "productivity" issue. As a result, (ANA) said it will push the launch of Tokyo Haneda (HND) - Beijing 787 service from this month to mid-January and won't start (HND) - Frankfurt 787 Dreamliner flights, slated to commence January 21, until January 31. (ANA) launched 787 flights last October following a 40-month-delayed first delivery.
"(ANA) will continue urgent negotiations with Boeing (TBC) to deliver the 787 as early and as close to the original schedule as possible." "(ANA) extends sincere apologies for the inconvenience this will cause to customers and appreciate their understanding and patience."
Boeing said in an emailed statement, "As always, we are working closely with our customer to minimize the impact and expect to deliver this airplane as quickly as possible." It added that the delay "reflects the impact to individual customer deliveries of prior adjustments to our production plans, including the need to incorporate design changes on assembled airplanes, and the additional schedule clarity that resulted from the achievement of key program milestones, such as certification and first delivery."
(ANA) announced that Seattle, Washington, and San Jose, California, will be the 787’s first USA destinations from fiscal year 2012. (ANA) Group President & CEO, Shinichiro Ito said, “We will make full use of the efficiencies of the 787 as well as capitalizing on our close relationship with United (UAL) and Continental Airlines (CAL) to enhance the competitiveness of our joint ventures (JV)s with these two Star (SAL) Alliance partners.”
He said that Seattle is an “important international business hub” and passenger demand to fly to both destinations is high, not only from Japan but from many Asian cities. “The launch of these new services will make (ANA) the only Japanese airline to operate the two routes, as well as the only carrier to operate the Narita - San Jose route,” he said.
(ANA) expects to take delivery of 20 787s by the end of March 2013. (ANA) has 55 of the type on order (40 787-8s with a 7,650 nautical mile range and 15 787-9s with an 8,200 nautical mile range).
January 2012: The Air Transport World (ATW) magazine selected All Nippon Airways (ANA) for the "2012 Airline Technology Leadership" award for its role in the development and refinement of the 787 airplane. The editors noted that (ANA) is a leader in applying new technology across the airline, not just with new airplanes.
(ANA) parent, the (ANA) Group reported net income of +¥33.7 billion/+$440 million for the first nine months of its April 1 - March 31 fiscal year, down -10.1% from a +¥37.5 billion net profit the prior-year period. Revenue for the nine months increased by +3% year-over-year to ¥1.07 trillion, while operating income rose +17.3% to ¥91.1 billion.
The company said that while "economic conditions domestically and internationally remain challenging," cost reductions, demand stimulation initiatives, the introduction of the 787 to its fleet in late 2011, and the strength of the yen should enable it to earn a strong operating profit for the full fiscal year ended March 31.
(ANA) noted in a statement that Japan's economy "continues to recover gradually" from last year's earthquake and tsunami. It cautioned, however, that the global economic outlook remains "uncertain" because of high oil prices, the Eurozone crisis and exchange rate fluctuations.
(ANA) pilot (FC) unions have threatened a 24-hour strike on February 1st, but (ANA) said it is continuing negotiations to try stave off the planned industrial action and disruption to passenger services.
(ANA) said that no international flights will be affected but domestic flights could be subject to cancellation and/or delay. (ANA) said it will have cancel 68 flights and delay another 27.
“We are very disappointed that our four pilots (FC) unions have threatened to take strike action. This action is unnecessary and will prove disruptive,” said (ANA) in a statement. “We have put forward a fair set of proposals with the pilots (FC) unions. The (ANA) Group will continue urgent negotiations with the unions to avert a strike."
(ANA) will increase 4X-weekly, A320 Tokyo Narita - Hangzhou service to daily on January 20. (ANA) plans to launch Tokyo Narita - San Jose Mineta 787 service in fiscal year 2012 - 2013.
(ANA), launch customer for the 787, operated the first scheduled 787 long-haul service January 21 from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Frankfurt (FRA).
Following a traditional Kagami-wari (sake barrel breaking) ceremony, (ANA) flight NH204 pushed back from the gate with 148 passengers and one infant on board. The in-flight entertainment (IFE) system calculated the route to be 5,821 miles via Northern Europe and Siberia, well below the 787’s top nautical mile range of 8,200. After 10 hours, 56 minutes, the airplane touched down at (HND), 10 minutes ahead of schedule.
The 787’s long-haul configuration provides 46C business-class seats and 112Y economy-class seats. The inaugural flight was long enough for passengers to appreciate the airplane’s on board technologies, such as its 6,000 ft cabin air pressure system and improved humidity levels, which makes a noticeable difference in comfort.
(ANA), which launched its first 787 flight in October 2011, now has five 787s in operation, with one dedicated for the 3X-weekly, (HND) – (FRA) service.
(ANA) Senior VP & General Manager Europe, Middle East & Africa, Suichi Fujimura said that (FRA) was selected as the first 787 destination in Europe after (ANA) was unable to secure slots at London Heathrow.
The (HND) – (FRA) service will become daily from February 1. The four additional flights, which currently use 777-200ERs, will be replaced by 787s in March.
According to the (ANA) Group’s Fiscal Year 2012 plan, (ANA) is scheduled to receive 20 787s before March 31, 2013. (ANA) should receive all 55 it has on order by 2017.
By the end of this year, (ANA) is planning to open new international routes, including (HND) - San Jose, California and (HND) - Seattle, Washington, and domestic routes from (HND) to Itami, Yamaguchi Ube, and Matsuyama.
(ANA) 787-881 (JA805A) was seen at Frankfurt Main Airport (FRA) after operating flight from Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND). It was observed that the 787 had "long lazy flash strobes, unlike the older nan-second flashers."
All Nippon (ANA) is currently recruiting 767 First Officers Flight Crew (FC) for Air Japan (AJX) based in Narita; DHC-8-Q400 Captains (FC) based in Osaka, Japan, and 737 Captains (FC) for a Tokyo base. Applicants can apply online through Crew Resources Worldwide. The company represented by Crew Resources Worldwide attended the FltOps.com Global Pilot (FC) Career Fair & Conference in Newark last October 28. See FltOps.com and FAPA.aero.
767-381ER (40897, JA626A), 2 787-8s (34486, JA804A; 34508, JA807A) and A320-211 (0300, JA391) deliveries.
February 2012: AirAsia Japan, the joint venture (JV) between AirAsia (ASW) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) has received its Air Operators’ Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism.
The new low-cost carrier (LCC), which will begin operations from August, will be based at Tokyo Narita. International services are scheduled to launch October 1. From 2013, it plans to offer A330 services to Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore.
(ANA) Group (CEO) Shinichiro Ito said, “This is a start of a new age in Japanese aviation history with a full-fledged low-cost carrier (LCC) beginning operations in the largest aviation market in this country this year for the first time. We aim to generate new demand in this industry together as a whole. (ANA) believes that AirAsia Japan will make air transport more accessible and provide a convenient and efficient travel option for a wide range of people.”
All Nippon Airways (ANA) will become the wholly owning parent company of (ANA) Sales (ASX) and (ANA) Airport Handling (AAH), two consolidated subsidiary companies. The announcement was made at (ANA)’s board of directors’ meeting. A share exchange agreement will take effect March 31.
The move is part of a broader (ANA) Group strategic plan to streamline operations. “To further our growth, we will be able to respond to the intensifying competition and the changes in the business environment as well as improve our corporate and shareholder values,” the company said in a financial statement.
(ASX) runs sales functions for the Group and (AAH) carries out handling operations at Japan’s Tokyo Haneda Airport.
March 2012: All Nippon Airways (ANA) will increase Osaka Kansai service to Hangzhou (3X-weekly) and Qingdao (4X-weekly) to daily, on March 25.
April 2012: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has revised its 2011 full financial year performance forecast upward, citing strong tourism demand and reduced operating expenses.
Operating revenue for the year is expected to be ¥11 billion/$135 million better than originally forecast, a +0.8% increase to ¥1,411 billion. Operating income is expected to be +7.8% higher than the original forecast, to ¥97 billion. Recurring profit will be 21.4% higher at ¥68 billion and net income is now forecast to be ¥28 billion, +40% higher.
(ANA)’s fiscal year runs from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012. (ANA)’s previous forecast for the year was issued January 31.
“Operating revenues have increased by approximately +¥11 billion due to strong demand in tourism and other factors, in spite of sluggish business demand for air transport on domestic routes,” (ANA) said.
The new forecast means (ANA) will show a significant net income year over year; its fiscal 2010 profit was +¥23.3 billion.
(ANA) attributed its strong performance to an economic gradual recovery following the Japan earthquake and its decisive action in dealing with the rising oil prices, exchange rate fluctuations and euro zone problems, which included implementing cost improvement measures and bringing forward initiatives scheduled for this year into the second half of last year.
Looking ahead, (ANA) expressed optimism about the coming years although it acknowledged there will be some issues. “Despite a number of potential headwinds in the coming 12 months, (ANA) expects to make further progress in the current fiscal year ending March, 2013, using its strength as a network carrier and the launch of low-cost carrier (LCC) operations to improve overall group performance.”
The (ANA) Group will deploy an “enhanced level” of its premium-economy (PY) service on long-haul international routes beginning June 1. The service is currently available on service between Narita and Chicago, Washington and Munich, and Tokyo Haneda and Los Angeles (LAX). Beginning in September, (ANA) will extend its premium-economy (PY) service on (NRT) service to New York, London, Frankfurt, San Francisco, (LAX), and Paris.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) will resume regular flights to Myanmar’s Yangon International airport (RGN) for the first time in 12 years.
According to "Reuters," recent elections in the country have prompted moves to relax sanctions against it. “We are making preparations to be able to start flights as soon as possible,” (ANA) President, Shinichiro Ito said. (ANA) was considering direct flights between Tokyo Narita and (RGN), he added.
The problem many carriers face in trying to access Myanmar is its poor infrastructure. One source said the country’s airplane fleet is “minute” and made up mainly of aging turboprops.
(ANA) will launch daily, Tokyo Narita – Seattle service on July 25, initially using the 777-300ER, and switching to the 787 during the course of its fiscal year.
May 2012: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced a company split and said it will restructure as it deals with a more competitive environment. Under the reforms, all business (except that regarding control or supervision of companies in which shares are held) will be transferred to (ANA) Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of All Nippon Airways Company Ltd.
"The purposes of the shifting are to strengthen Group management and to enable autonomous management of each of its Group companies," (ANA) said. The effective date for the absorption-type company split will be April 1, 2013, pending shareholder approval at a June 19 meeting and regulatory clearance.
(ANA) said aviation in Japan was set to go through a "major transition period," including expansion of airport capacity in Metro Tokyo, further deregulation in the airline industry, creation of more low cost carriers (LCC)s and increased competition.
Evergreen Aviation Technologies (EVR) signed a multi-year agreement with All Nippon Airways (ANA) to perform heavy checks and related modification on (ANA)’s fleet of 65 767s.
June 2012: The (ANA) Group signed a code share agreement with Shandong Airlines (SHG) under which (ANA) will place its code on (SHG) service between Osaka Kansai and Jinan. (SHG) will place its code on (ANA) service between Tokyo Narita and Qingdao, and from Kansai to Qingdao, Tokyo Haneda and Fukuoka.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has adjusted its 787 Dreamliner order, replacing four 787-8s with the larger 787-9 variant.
(ANA), the launch customer for the 787 Dreamliner, is keeping its total number of 787 airplanes on order at 55, now split between 36 787-8s and 19 787-9s.
Four 787-8s that were scheduled for delivery beginning from (ANA)’s 2013 fiscal year will now be replaced by 787-9s.
“The decision to order more of the larger 787-9 variant will give (ANA) greater flexibility as it expands its international route network.” (ANA) said.
(ANA) has taken delivery of seven of the 55 787s. The airplane entered service in October and has been operating domestic Japanese routes and Tokyo Haneda - Frankfurt, Germany.
(ANA) plans to launch long-haul 787 services from Tokyo to Seattle and San Jose on the USA West Coast in the current fiscal year.
INCDT: An (ANA) All Nippon Airways 767-381ER (CF6-80C2B6F) (895-32979, /02 JA610A) performing flight NH-956 from Beijing (China) to Tokyo Narita (Japan) on June 20th with 193 people on board, touched down on Narita Airport's runway 16R, bounced off and touched down a second time nose gear first before the airplane settled on the runway at about 13:30L (04:30Z), rolled out and taxied to the apron. No injuries occurred, however, the airplane received substantial damage.
A first post flight examination revealed the fuselage skin received numerous serious creases just ahead of the wing root all around the circumference. Japan's Transportation Safety Board (TSB) confirmed the airplane received substantial damage and opened an investigation into the incident. An airport surveillance camera videotaped the landing, and Japan's "Kyodo News" released the video:
The first two operators of the 787-8 are seeing better-than-anticipated fuel burn, despite prior expectations of below-par performance as a result of data from predelivery flight tests.
The numbers, though based on early experience with a relatively small fleet on a variety of routes, are surprisingly positive given the early configuration of the airframes and engines. The operators have not yet incorporated all the planned weight and fuel burn improvements of follow-on production versions.
Four of the current active 787 fleet are from an early production block in which each is thought to be around 8,800 lbs over specification weight, while the remainder are lighter airplanes built from the block point change introduced from line No 34.
Boeing (TBC), which is expected to comment officially on the 787’s in-service fuel burn numbers at the Farnborough air show next month, is in the midst of introducing weight reductions and other enhancements to compensate for what was expected to be a relatively significant shortfall in the planned +20% improvement over the 767.
Yet figures from launch airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) show fuel savings are up to -21% on long-range flights, while figures for the General Electric (GEnx-1B)-powered airplanes at Japan Airlines (JAL) indicate potentially slightly better numbers.
(GEC) says initial performance data show its (GEnx-1B) engine has a 2% fuel burn advantage over the competing Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 1000), not counting an additional 1% benefit from expected performance retention in terms of sustained exhaust gas temperature margin. The first (GEnx-1B)s are in service with (JAL), while 787 launch operator (ANA) uses 787s powered by the (Trent 1000).
(ANA) earlier this month was the first to reveal that its airplanes were producing around -21% lower fuel burn on international flights compared to the 767-300ER that the 787 is designed to replace.
(ANA), which accepted its ninth 787 on June 24, is believed to have been anticipating a -17 to -19% improvement, based on the (Trent 1000) Package B that Rolls (RRC) introduced to counter some deficiencies seen in flight testing.
After its first six months of service, (ANA) says the 787 efficiency levels are slightly up on the -20% savings originally expected at the beginning of the program. On domestic routes, the saving is -15 to -20%, which meets expectations, say (ANA) officials. The short-haul sub-fleet includes four early delivery 787S powered by the interim (Trent 1000) Package A standard engine. (ANA)’s long-haul configured 787s operate between Tokyo Haneda Airport and Frankfurt Airport, with additional transpacific routes from Tokyo Narita International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport in California due to be launched by early 2013.
(ANA) low cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, AirAsia Japan (WAJ) has taken delivery of its first A320-200 (151, JA8384) that has been transferred from parent, (ANA) - All Nippon Airways.
July 2012: The (ANA) Group will increase 7X-weekly, Tokyo Narita - New York (JFK) service to 14X-weekly on October 28. The (ANA) Group will launch Tokyo Narita service to Yangon (October 15, 737-700ER) and Delhi (October 28, 767-300ER).
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has filed an application with the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism for antitrust immunity (ATI) to add Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) and Austrian Airlines (AUL), both Lufthansa (DLH) Group carriers, to its Japan - Europe joint venture (JV) with Lufthansa (DLH).
According to (ANA), the expanded bilateral (JV) between the (DLH) Group and (ANA) “will offer customers greater convenience and improved access to intra-Europe routes.”
Subject to (ATI) approval, the four carriers plan to launch joint sales initiatives and pricing products from spring 2013.
(ANA) and (DLH) have been working to deepen their partnership over the last year, offering joint products on selected routes from October 2011 with a full range of cooperation in the bilateral (JV) on April 1.
If approved, the (JV) will enable (ANA) to expand its international network by +22% during 2012 - 2013 and further builds on the (ANA)/United Airlines (UAL) (JV) on transpacific routes launched in April 2011.
Passenger wishing to travel between Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Seattle-Tacoma, Washington State (SEA) airports now have a choice of three carriers. On 25 July, (ANA) joined its Star (SAL) Alliance partner United (UAL), as well as Delta (DAL) in serving the market with daily flights. The route will initially be served by 247-seat, 777-300ER airplane but (ANA) expects to transition to the 787 later this year. Seattle-Tacoma airport was the 16th busiest airport in the USA last year with passenger numbers growing +4.0% to 32.8 million. The airport has non-stop services to five destinations in Asia; Beijing (China), Osaka Kansai (Japan), Seoul Incheon (South Korea), Taipei (Taiwan) and Tokyo Narita (Japan).
Rolls-Royce (RRC) confirmed that a component on (Trent 1000)-powered 787s “is being replaced in a number of engines,” affecting some All Nippon Airways (ANA) 787 Dreamliners in service. (ANA) said it has grounded five of its 11 787s for repairs associated with a component in the (Trent 1000)’s gearbox, though it noted two of the airplanes are already repaired and back in service.
In an emailed statement, a Rolls (RRC) spokesperson said, “As part of our rigorous approach to product safety and quality, we have identified that a component on (Trent 1000) engines fitted to 787 Dreamliners has a reduced service life. As a proactive measure, this component is being replaced in a number of engines. We are working hard to minimize disruption to customer operations.”
A Boeing spokesperson said corrosion was spotted in the gearbox component during Rolls (RRC) ground testing, adding that the finding affects only five (ANA) 787s. No other airline is operating (Trent 1000)-powered 787s at this time.
All repairs to (ANA) airplanes “are expected to be completed in coming days,” the Boeing (TBC) spokesperson said. Regarding future 787 deliveries, he said, “We will not be delivering any airplane with affected parts. We don’t expect delivery times to be affected.”
787-8 (34502, JA811A), delivery.
August 2012: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has reported a first-quarter net profit of +¥0.6 billion/+$7.54 million, reversed from a net loss of -¥8.4 billion in the year-ago period.
Operating revenue rose +12.5% to ¥343.1 billion as Japan recovered from last year’s tsunami disaster at Fukushima and the strong yen made overseas travel more affordable, (ANA) said. (ANA)’s first reporting period for fiscal year 2012 runs from April 1 - June 30.
First-quarter operating income reached +¥11 billion compared to a loss of -¥8.1 billion in the previous year.
“Passenger revenues and numbers grew on both domestic and international services compared with the same period in 2011 when demand was significantly affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake,” (ANA) said.
Passenger revenue rose by +¥14.6 billion, an increase of +10.9% compared to a year earlier and load factors increased by +4.6% points to 58.2% LF. International traffic grew +25%, while revenues increased by +20.2% to ¥83.2 billion due to the steady increase in demand.
There was a ¥0.2 billion decrease in domestic cargo revenues, down -3.5% year-on-year, and a decrease in international cargo revenues of -¥2.1 billion, a -9% decrease year-over-year.
Looking ahead, (ANA) said it was “facing a number of headwinds in the shape of a slowing world economy, the growing debt crisis in Europe and increased competition” but would not change its 2012 profit forecast of a +¥40 billion net income.
Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) are battling to get rights for new domestic services at Tokyo Haneda airport (HND). (HND)’s domestic arrival and departure slots will increase from 320,000 to 340,000 from the end of March 2013.
(ANA) holds 37.4% of (HND)’s domestic slots and (JAL)/(JAS) holds 41.3%.
(ANA) believes (JAL)/(JAS), which declared bankruptcy in 2010, should not get any slots. “It’s a failed company, which should be properly reflected in the decision” an (ANA) spokesman said.
(JAL)/(JAS) argues that during its restructuring, it withdrew from destinations that were also serviced by alternative carriers. Last month, (JAL) announced it was pressing on with plans to return to the stock market.
“From the point of view of encouraging inbound Japan travel, it is important to improve the connectivity between international-domestic travels. In the past, we saw a notable increase in visitors from Taipei to Matsuyama via Haneda when we started the flights, and in the same way, we want to bring the growth of Asia to more local regions and contribute to the hub functions of Haneda,” a (JAL)/(JAS) spokesperson added.
Japan’s Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism Ministry, which is overseeing the process, has said it will announce a decision on the new slots in the fall.
(ANA) has announced that all of its five grounded 787-8s that it had to temporarily ground for an engine component replacement, would now be back in commercial service. (ANA) currently already operates a total of 11 787-8s and is the largest 787 operator in the world right now.
(ANA) said it will start 5X-weekly, 787 service between Tokyo Narita (NRT) and San Jose, California from January 11 and will replace 777s with 787s on its (NRT) - Seattle route from October 1 and on its Tokyo Haneda - Beijing route from October 28.
(ANA) will add a daily flight on services from Haneda to Sapporo and Yonago; Chubu to Okinawa; and Itami to Kumamoto. Flights between Hiroshima and Sapporo will resume starting on 13 December.
(ANA) low cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, AirAsia Japan (WAJ) commenced operations on 1 August and launched altogether three domestic routes in the last week out of its new Tokyo Narita (NRT) base with its two 180Y-seat A320 airplanes. All three routes face competition from the same four airlines; (JAL), (ANA), Jetstar Japan, and Skymark (SKM). AirAsia Japan (WAJ) saw its first two flights take off with load factors of 80% LF and 87% LF. AirAsia (ASW) Group’s (CEO), Tony Fernandes said: “This is a dream come true for all of us at AirAsia (ASW). It has only been one year since we announced (WAJ)’s establishment and now we already have 2 A320 airplanes, 243 staff in Japan, and 3 domestic routes on the day we start our operations.”
On the cargo front, (ANA) will boost the frequency of services from Narita and Kansai to Bangkok to five times weekly from 28 October.
(ANA) said the new schedule “reflects (ANA)’s focus on strengthening its business model to capture demand for long-haul international flights and transit passengers. (ANA) plans to introduce the 787 on a wider range of international and domestic routes to improve competitiveness.”
In addition, (ANA) will launch 3X-weekly, 737-700ER flights between (NRT) and Yangon from October 15 and daily, (NRT) - Delhi 767-300ER flights from October 28. (ANA)’s daily, (NRT) - New York (JFK) 777-300ER service will be doubled to twice-daily, starting October 28.
Also, an A320 will replace a 737-700 on (ANA)’s (NRT) - Hangzhou route from November 1 and Nagoya - Shanghai Pudong daily service will be dropped entirely. (NRT) - Chengdu flights will be reduced from daily to 4X-weekly.
September 2012: (ANA) - All Nippon Airways will be the first scheduled airline to serve Iwakuni (IWK) on December 13, when it launches four times daily service with 737-700s and 737-800s from Tokyo Haneda (HND). Iwakuni's airport is a USA Marine corps air base in the Nishiki River Delta that has now been expanded to include a passenger terminal for scheduled operations.
(ANA) will launch 3X-weekly, Tokyo Narita (NRT) - Yangon 737-700ER service on October 15; daily, (NRT) - New Delhi 767-300ER service on October 28 and 5X-weekly, (NRT) - San Jose 787-8 service on January 11, 2013. (ANA) will increase daily, (NRT) - New York (JFK) service to 2X-daily on October 28.
As (ANA) subsidiary, AirAsia Japan (WAJ) nears its first full month of service, its attention is turning to what international markets to serve. While (WAJ) had previously filed schedules to offer a daily return from each Seoul and Busan from 01-October-2012, (CEO), Kazuyuki Iwakata said those services have been pushed back to the second half of October 2012 at the earliest, following a delay in the delivery of its third A320.
In addition to Korea in the international market, Mr Iwakata expects (WAJ) to focus on mainland China as well as Taiwan. In addition to the two destinations offering high demand, they are Japan's second and fourth largest international markets. "Open skies" agreements have also recently been signed, with Taiwan in November 2011 and China in August 2012, a further testament to Japan's breathtaking liberalization that is ushering a new era in once stagnate North Asia.
The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism has issued antitrust immunity (ATI) to Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) and Austrian Airlines (AUL), allowing All Nippon Airways (ANA) to add both to its Japan - Europe joint venture with Lufthansa (DLH).
(ANA) President & (CEO), Shinichiro Ito said the development will “offer improved access to European destinations” and help “to support (ANA)’s international expansion.”
The two (DLH) Group carriers will launch joint sales and products beginning in spring 2013. (ANA) filed the application in July.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) said that 40,000 seat reservations were cancelled on flights between Japan and China from September to November, due to escalating political tension between the two countries over a chain of disputed islands in the East, "Reuters" reported.
Japan Airlines (JAL) previously announced it would temporarily cut some of its daily services.
Juneyao Airlines (JYA) has delayed the opening of its new 4X-weekly, Shanghai - Okinawa route to November, which was scheduled to launch September 20. Spring Airlines (CQH) cancelled its 10 charter flights to Tottorri, which was to launch September 23.
The (ANA) Group will equip all of its 2,500 flight and crew with iPads beginning in February 2013. (ANA) has already equipped its cabin crew with the Apple tablet. This next rollout will first involve a three-month trial with 300 of the flight crew (FC) beginning in September. The flight crew (FC) will be able to access electronic versions of the Flight Manual from the iPads (ANA) said it will produce.
The (ANA) Group has placed an order for +11 additional 787-9 Dreamliner airplanes. The exercised options are valued at $2.7 billion at current list prices. The new order brings (ANA)’s number of 787 Dreamliners on order to 66, 13 of which have so far been delivered.
All 11 of the new orders will be the 787-9 model and will be delivered between fiscal year 2018 and 2021, (ANA) said. This will give ANA a fleet of 36 787-8s and 30 787-9s. In June, (ANA) swapped four 787-8s for 787-9s.
(ANA)’s fleet plan will replace 767s and 777-200s with the 787.
(ANA) is the launch customer for the 787 Dreamliner and started its first 787 operation in October last year. The 787 is flying eight domestic Japanese routes as well as Haneda (HND) - Frankfurt. (ANA) also plans to launch a new Narita (NRT) - San Jose on the USA West Coast starting January using the 787, while the current (NRT) - Seattle service will switch to 787 operations from October 1, and (HND) - Beijing to the 787 from October 28.
October 2012: All Nippon Airways (ANA) said that 40,000 seat reservations were cancelled on flights between Japan and China from September to November, due to escalating political tension between the two countries over a chain of disputed islands in the East, "Reuters" reported.
Japan Airlines (JAL) last month announced it would temporarily cut some of its daily services.
Juneyao Airlines (JYA) has delayed the opening of its new 4X-weekly, Shanghai - Okinawa route to November, which was scheduled to launch September 20. Shanghai-based Spring Airlines (CQH) cancelled its 10 charter flights to Tottorri, which was to launch on September 23.
(ANA) All Nippon Airways became the next airline to resume services to Burma (Myanmar) on 15 October. (ANA), which used to serve Rangoon (RGN) (Yangon) from Osaka Kansai until 2000, has launched three weekly operations from its Tokyo Narita (NRT) hub using its all-business class, 737-700ER airplane configured with only 38C seats. The 4,835 km route is the longest to the main airport of Burma (Myanmar).
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is currently recruiting 767 First Officers for its low cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, Air Japan (AJX) at its Tokyo Narita (NRT) base; and DHC-8-Q400s Captains based in Osaka, Japan.
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November 2012: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has relaunched services to Delhi (DEL) in India. On 28 October, the Japanese Star (SAL) Alliance member began operating daily flights from its Tokyo Narita (NRT) hub, using 202-seat 767-300ERs. This is (ANA)’s second route to India after Mumbai. (ANA) last served Delhi in 2001, when it operated via Bangkok, and now faces competition from (JAL)’s also daily flights as well as Air India (AIN)’s five operations a week.
AirAsia Japan (WAJ), which only commenced operations on 1 August, decided to go international and set up its first South Korean route on 28 October. (WAJ) now offers daily services on the 1,300 km route across the Sea of Japan from Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Seoul Incheon (ICN). Kazuyuki Iwakata, (WAJ)’s (CEO), said: “The announcement of our new international routes to Korea gives me much pleasure as we can now further expand the AirAsia (ASW) Group’s existing extensive route network, connecting Japan and other countries in Asia. It makes much sense to begin our international flights to Korea, our next-door neighbor.” Competition in the market is fierce. Already operating on the route are Korean Air (KAL) (28 weekly frequencies), Asiana Airlines (AAR) (21), (JAL) (14), (ANA) (7), Delta (DAL) (7), Eastar Jet (7) and United Airlines (UAL) (7). The addition of the new AirAsia Japan (WAJ) service brings the combined number of weekly seats offered on the route up to almost 25,000. (WAJ) has already announced the launch of its second route to South Korea with services to Busan scheduled to start the end of this month.
1 A320-216 (5200, JAO2AJ), AirAsia (ASW) leased to AirAsia Japan (WAJ).
December 2012: The (ANA) Group will suspend Tokyo Narita - Seoul Incheon service on March 31, citing a decline in demand.
(ANA) inaugurated flights on the domestic route from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Iwakuni (IWK) in Yamaguchi, becoming the first airline to offer commercial services to this USA Marine Corps naval base in 48 years. Four daily flights are offered on the route and operated with 737-800s.
AirAsia Japan (WAJ) launched its second South Korean route from Tokyo Narita airport (NRT), following the launch of services to Seoul Incheon airport in late October. On 27 November, (WAJ) added services from the Tokyo airport to Busan airport (PUS), located on the south-eastern most tip of the Korean peninsula. Daily, A320-operated flights face competition from existing services by (JAL) (26 weekly frequencies), Air Busan and Korean Airlines (KAL) (7 each).
Jet Airways (JPL) expanded its code share agreement with All Nippon Airways (ANA). (JPL) will now place its code on (ANA) service between Hong Kong - Tokyo/Osaka and Bangkok - Tokyo. (ANA) will place its code on Jet Airways (JPL) flights between Hong Kong and Mumbai/Delhi; Bangkok and Mumbai/Delhi/Kolkata; Singapore and Mumbai/Delhi/Chennai; and on domestic India routes between Mumbai and Delhi/Chennai/Kolkata.
(ANA) - All Nippon Airways has announced that it has acquired the stake of USA investment fund (DCM) in StarFlyer ((IATA) Code: 7G, based at KitaKyushu Kokura airport (KKJ)) (STF) for 2.4 billion Yen/approximately $285 million USD, increasing its stake in its code share partner from 0.93 to around 18%. StarFlyer (STF) currently operates eight A320-200s from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Fukuoka Itazuke (FUK), KitaKyushu, and Osaka Kansai International (KIX) airports and between KitaKyushu and Busan Gimhae (PUS) airports.
January 2013: All Nippon Airways (ANA), the largest Japanese airline in terms of passenger movements, inaugurated new flights from its Tokyo Narita (NRT) hub to the third-largest city in California, USA, San José (SJC), on 11 January. (ANA) deploys one of its 17-strong, 787 fleet to provide five-weekly frequencies on the 8,300 km route over the Pacific. During the inaugural ceremony in Tokyo, (ANA)’s President & (CEO), Shinichiro Ito, said: “We are confident that passenger demand will remain high between San José and Japan, as well as other Asian cities, with Tokyo as the gateway into Asia. Reservations for the route are already showing great demand and we are excited that customers will enjoy (ANA)’s utmost service with Japanese hospitality on our innovative 787 Dreamliner”. The new route is the first direct routing between Japan and San Jose since October 2006, when American Airlines (AAL) withdrew its daily 777-operated service.
INCDT: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has grounded its 787 fleet after one of its 787s made an emergency landing at Takamatsu airport, the "BBC" and other news agencies have reported.
The "BBC" said a spokesperson for (ANA) said all passengers and crew were taken off the airplane, which was operating as flight NH 692 from Yamaguchi Ube to Tokyo Haneda. It also reported that the flight crew (FC) had reported a battery malfunction and that passengers were evacuated via the 787's emergency chutes.
According to a "Reuters" report, smoke appeared in the 787’s cockpit.
A Boeing (TBC) spokesman said, “We are aware of the event and are working with our customer and the appropriate regulatory agencies.”
The 787 is under review by the (FAA) and the Japanese government following a number of safety incidents. A fire the previous week aboard a Japan Airlines (JAL) 787 at Boston Logan Airport was the most high-profile of a number of safety incidents that have occurred on 787s in recent weeks. The USA National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is conducting an investigation into that incident.
(JAL) and (ANA) combined have taken delivery of 24 of 50 787s in service worldwide; (ANA) was the 787 Dreamliner’s launch customer.
A very short time later, all 787 operators grounded their airplanes following the (FAA)’s emergency airworthiness directive (AD); the European regulatory authority, (EASA) also adopted the (AD).
Air India (AIN), Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), (LAN) Airlines, (LOT) Polish Airlines, Qatar Airways (QTA) and United Airlines (UAL) all suspended 787 flights. All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) had already grounded their 787s after an (ANA) 787 was forced to make an emergency landing following a battery malfunction.
The (EASA) said it is working closely with the (FAA) as the primary certification authority and Boeing (TBC). “(EASA) has adopted the (FAA) (AD) in order to ensure the continuing airworthiness of the European fleet (currently two 787s operated by (LOT) Polish Airlines).
(QTA) (CEO), Akbar Al Baker said: “I previously stated that (QTA) will only stop operating our 787 Dreamliners if we receive such an instruction from the regulators. Safety remains the number one priority for (QTA). We ensure all our airplanes meet the most stringent safety standards and this will not be compromised in any way. We are actively working with Boeing (TBC) and the regulators to restore full customer confidence in the 787. “(QTA) will resume 787 operations when we are clear that the 787 meets the full requirements of the (AD) and our standards, which assure the safety of our passengers and crew at all times. So we are not flying the 787 until and only such a time this is achieved.” (QTA) has five 787s.
(ANA) confirmed that all 17 of its 787s remained suspended and it has cancelled 24 domestic flights and six international flights that were scheduled. (JAL) said it has made adjustments to flights originally scheduled to be operated with the 787 for the period January 19 to January 25. “During this period, the affected flights will remain as scheduled with a change in airplanes, except for the service between Narita and San Diego, which will be cancelled, and the service between Narita and Boston, which will have a set delay in departure time on certain days,” (JAL) said.
Later, (ANA) said it will cancel 379 flights in February due to the grounding of the 787 Dreamliners. The cancellation of the flights, 245 on domestic routes over 12 days from February 1 and 134 on international routes over 18 days, is expected to affect around 24,300 travelers, local media quoted (ANA).
The number of (ANA) flight cancelations has risen to 838 since the January 16 emergency landing and is expected to affect 82,000 travelers in total, according to Japan’s leading news agency, the "Kyodo News."
The international flights to be cancelled are on nine routes, including those connecting Tokyo’s Narita Airport and three cities - – Seattle, San Jose and Seoul (Incheon International Airport), as well as those connecting Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Frankfurt and Seoul (Kimpo airport), said various reports.
At the end of the month, All Nippon Airways (ANA) reported a record operating income for the first nine months of its 2012 fiscal year and a net income up +54% year-over-year. However, (ANA) also said the grounding of the Boeing 787 has so far cost it ¥1.4 billion$15.4 million.
As launch customer and the largest operator of 787s, with 17 787s in its fleet, (ANA) has been the most severely hit by the 787 Dreamliner grounding.
Despite the 787 grounding and other challenges, (ANA) has posted stellar financial results for the first nine months of its 2012 fiscal year, with operating revenues up 5.5% to ¥1,132.1 billion, operating income of +¥107.5 billion and recurring profit of +¥89.1 billion, up +18% and +24.7%, respectively, the highest level on record. Net income was up +54.6% to +¥52.2 billion.
“The Japanese economy experienced a period of relative weakness during the period against the slowdown in the global economy. Despite this, however, (ANA) performed well with demand remaining solid from both business and leisure travelers during the period. This resulted in a significant increase in revenue compared with the same period last year,” (ANA) (CEO), Shinichiro Ito said.
“While responding to significant changes in the competitive environment within the Japanese airline industry, including the expansion of the slot capacity of Haneda and Narita, further progress in deregulation of the airline industry and aggressive route expansion by low cost carriers (LCC)s, (ANA) continued to promote the enhancement of its network by balancing the pursuit of “strength” and “efficiency” as a network carrier. At the same time, we have made further progress to implement multi-brand strategy and cost structure reforms as part of our Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 - 2013 corporate strategy.”
(ANA) said the 787 grounding caused a total of 459 domestic and international flights to be canceled in January. The impact of these cancellations is expected to be about ¥1.4 billion of decreased revenue.
(ANA) also said it remains unclear as to when the 787s will resume normal service.
February 2013: The Air Transport World (ATW) magazine has announced the selection of All Nippon Airways (ANA) as its "Airline of the Year for 2013" as part of the (ATW) 39th Airline Industry Achievement Awards. (ANA) is being honored for its exceptional financial performance, fiscal management, customer service, and technology leadership, that set the bar for the entire global airline industry.
(ANA) subsidiary, AirAsia Japan (WAJ) has confirmed earlier rumors and will base an A320-200 at Nagoya Chu-bu Centrair International Airport (NGO) from March 31 to launch two new domestic routes from the airport to Fukuoka Itazuke (FUK) and Sapporo Chitose New Sapporo International (CTS) airports. It will serve Fukuoka twice daily and Sapporo on a daily basis. (WAJ) already operates from Tokyo's Narita airport to Busan Gimhae (PUS), Fukuoka, Okinawa Naha (OKA), Sapporo (CTS), and Seoul Incheon International (ICN) airports.
The All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 787 lithium ion battery that failed January 16 exhibits signs of “thermal runaway,” according to Japanese investigators. Additionally, Boeing (TBC) is asking the USA (FAA) to allow it to conduct 787 test flights.
The Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) told reporters that the badly burned (ANA) 787 battery experienced an “uncontrollable high temperature” associated with thermal runaway, according to multiple reports from Tokyo. The USA National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has said the Japan Airlines (JAL) 787 lithium ion battery that sparked a fire in Boston January 7 similarly shows indications of thermal runaway.
The (JTSB) and (NTSB) both have been unable to determine a root cause of the lithium ion battery failures.
As part of the effort to determine what happened on the two airplanes and facilitate the process of lifting the worldwide 787 Dreamliner grounding, Boeing (TBC) is asking the (FAA) for permission to operate 787 test flights. An application for 787 test flights is “under evaluation” by the (FAA).
The (ANA) event (involving the main battery in the forward electronic equipment bay) occurred in-flight and caused an unusual smell to permeate the airplane, prompting an emergency landing. The (JAL) 787 event (involving the battery used to start the auxiliary power unit (APU)) led to an on board fire while the airplane was parked following a Tokyo - Boston flight.
Later, The Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) said it has found incorrect wiring in the All Nippon Airways (ANA) 787 that made an emergency landing on January 16. (JTSB) Chairman, Norihiro Goto told reporters that the incorrect wiring did not likely cause the overheating of the (ANA) 787’s main battery, but added that the wiring issue concerned him and warranted further investigation, according to multiple reports from Tokyo. The wiring issue relates to how the airplane’s main battery and its auxiliary power unit (APU) battery, both lithium ion batteries, were connected.
The finding comes amid multiple media reports that Boeing (TBC) is preparing to meet with the (FAA) on Friday, February 26 to propose a fix to the lithium ion battery problems that led to the worldwide grounding of the in-service 787 Dreamliner fleet. However, the (FAA) said it could not confirm the meeting.
Norihiro Goto said Japanese investigators have been unable to determine why the (ANA) 787’s main battery failed and overheated. “We can’t say we’ve made progress,” he said.
Later, (ANA) said it is operating under the assumption the 787 Dreamliner will be grounded through the end of May. (ANA) issued a revised schedule that includes the suspension of a number of routes through May 31 owing to the unavailability of the 787. These include Tokyo Narita - Seattle, Narita - San Jose, Kansai - Seoul and Nagoya - Seoul. “Additionally, on some limited days, the [Tokyo] Haneda - Frankfurt route will be affected by cancellations and/or airplane type changes,” (ANA) said.
The worldwide 787 fleet has been grounded since January 16, when an ANA 787 was forced to make an emergency landing after its main lithium ion battery failed and overheated. (ANA) operated 17 of the 50 787s that had been in service worldwide.
Boeing (TBC) has proposed a 787 fix to the (FAA), but it is uncertain whether (TBC)’s proposal will be accepted.
March 2013: Austrian Airlines (AUL) will join the All Nippon Airways (ANA)-Lufthansa (DLH) joint venture (JV) on its daily, Vienna - Tokyo Narita route from April 1. (AUL), which will gain better market-access in Japan, will share revenues with (ANA) on the route.
(ANA) Group President & (CEO), Shinichiro Ito has been appointed President & (CEO) of (ANA) Holdings Inc, and Chairman of All Nippon Airways (ANA). Senior Executive VP, Osamu Shinobe will succeed Ito as President & (CEO). (ANA)’s current Chairman, Yoji Ohashi, will become Chairman of (ANA) Holdings. The changes will become effective April 1.
According to a company statement, Ito was appointed president and CEO of ANA Group in April 2009. “During his tenure, he helped move the Group back to profit in FY2010 before announcing record operating income in FY2011,” ANA said in a statement.
April 2013: (ANA), the Boeing 787 launch customer and largest 787 Dreamliner operator with 17 in its fleet, will conduct a 787 proving flight on April 28th, an initial step toward resumption of commercial flights with its 787s. It will complete the 787 modifications by May 27.
Austrian Airlines (AUL) and Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) have joined Lufthansa (DLH)’s joint venture (JV) with Japanese carrier, All Nippon Airways (ANA). (DLH) and (ANA) began their cooperation on flights between Japan and Europe in April 2012 and now, as anticipated, (AUL) and (XSR) have also joined, effective April 1. “We will benefit from the strong sales of (ANA) in Japan in future, and (ANA) will do from ours. Becoming part of the joint venture (JV), therefore, is another important building block on the way to a healthy (AUL),” (AUL) (CEO), Jaan Albrecht said.
May 2013: All (ANA) 747-481D airplanes will be phased out by the end of this year. Only five are still operating.
(ANA) said it will resume 787 Dreamliner services from June 1, following the completion of a series of battery system modifications, safety checks and test flights.
The reintroduction of the 787 aircraft will result in partial amendments to (ANA)’s summer flight schedule for international and domestic services. “(ANA) will also introduce the 787 onto a further three international routes from this summer (Narita to Beijing and Shanghai, and Haneda to Taipei) bringing the number of overseas destinations served by the 787 to five,” (ANA) said.
(ANA) President & (CEO), Osamu Shinobe said “Our engineers have worked closely with Boeing (TBC) to undertake the required improvements and we are fully satisfied with the safety of our 787 fleet.”
International 787 services will resume June 1 on (ANA)’s 5X-weekly, Narita - San Jose, California. (ANA)’s 7X-weekly, Narita - Seattle, Washington services will also resume from June 1 using a 777-300ER.
(ANA) said from June 1 it will introduce the 787 on the Haneda - Taipei route, replacing the 767-300ER; and the Narita - Beijing route, replacing the 737-700. From August 1, (ANA) will introduce the 787 on the Narita - Shanghai Pudong route, replacing the 767-300ER.
(ANA) will return the 787 on routes from Haneda to Frankfurt and Beijing from June 1. It will continue to suspend Chubu Nagoya - Seoul Incheon and Kansai Osaka - Seoul Incheon services.
Domestic 787 services will resume June 1 on flights between Haneda and Akita; Haneda - Toyama 787 flights will resume from July.
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June 2013: All Nippon Airways (ANA) parent company, ANA Holdings Inc has established an investment management company in Singapore focused on growing its Asian business.
The new company is called Strategic Partner Investment and it began business with an initial capital of SGD 120,000/$95,000). Kazuyuki Iwakata is the company’s Managing Director.
The new company “will mainly manage the investment operations of (ANA) Holdings. The company will focus on strategic investments in Asia, improving synergies with (ANA) Group’s airline business and maximizing earnings,” (ANA) said.
(ANA) has a joint venture (JV), AirAsia Japan, with low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia (ASW), but there has been speculation that the partnership might end.
(ANA), which currently operates 19 787s, expects to have 27 of the type in service by the end of March 2014.
(ANA) - All Nippon Airways is planning to retire the 747-400D from service come the end of March 2014. The five remaining jets are still currently in use on (ANA)'s Tokyo Haneda to Okinawa Naha, Haneda to Sapporo Chitose and Osaka Kansai to Okinawa routes. The 747-400D (Domestic) is a high density seating model developed by Boeing (TBC) specifically for use on short-haul domestic Japanese flights. A total of nineteen were built, of which eight were also operated by (JAL) - Japan Airlines.
777-281ER (40904, JA745A), and 787-8 (34511, JA820A), deliveries.
July 2013: All Nippon Airways (ANA) posted a first-quarter fiscal net loss of -¥6.6 billion/-$67 million, reversed from a net profit of +¥668 million in the year-ago quarter, ending June 30.
(ANA) increases Tokyo Narita - San Jose, 5X-weekly to daily, using 787s beginning July 10. (ANA) will increase from 3X-weekly to 7X-weekly Tokyo Narita - Yangon service. It will also replace 737-700ERs with 767-300ERs on the route.
The (ANA) Group plans to launch a new Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC), acquire Pan Am Holdings, and order three new 777-300ERs and a 767-300F.
August 2013: All Nippon Airways (ANA) parent, (ANA) Holdings has re-branded AirAsia Japan (WAJ) as “Vanilla Air,” by which name the Tokyo-based low-cost carrier (LCC) will be known from November 1.
(ANA) Holdings ended its partnership with AirAsia (ASW) on the AirAsia Japan (WAJ) joint venture (JV) in June, acquiring AirAsia (ASW)’s shareholding and moving to operate the carrier as a wholly owned subsidiary of (ANA) based at Tokyo Narita. (ASW) will fly mainly to domestic and regional resort destinations. (ANA) said Vanilla Air was selected as the brand because the “simple and sophisticated flavor of Vanilla is popular worldwide” and conveys a “relaxed and satisfied” feeling. It said it wants passengers to come to know Vanilla Air for “easy and no stress” flying.
Additional details, including new routes, will be announced in late September, (ANA) said.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is set to invest $25 million in Myanmar’s Asian Wings Airways (AMW), giving it a 49% stake in the carrier. The move is part of (ANA)’s strategy of expanding into new international markets. As part of the deal, (ANA) will work with (AWM) to improve its operational and on-time performance and support its expansion into markets outside Myanmar. (AWM), which began operating in January 2011, operates an exclusively domestic route network to 13 destinations within Myanmar.
It is planning to launch international services in October and plans to expand its fleet to include 10 A320 airplanes by 2013. (AWM) presently has two ATR72s and one A321. For the fiscal year ended March 31, (AWM) reported revenue of $17.8 million and is profitable according to (ANA).
(ANA)’s investment in (AWM) is the first by a foreign airline in a Myanmar-based commercial carrier, according to (ANA). It intends to capture “an increasing share of the fast-growing Asian airline market and this investment in (AWM) will support that strategic goal.” The deal is subject to approval by Myanmar authorities, and the signing of a final equity tie-up agreement with (AWM) and its shareholders.
From September 30, (ANA) will also increase the number of flights it operates between Tokyo-Narita and Yangon from 3X- to 7X-weekly, and plans to introduce larger airplanes on the route.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) parent company, (ANA) Holdings has acquired Miami, Florida-based flight training school, Pan Am International Flight Academy. The $139.5 million purchase includes the acquisition of Pan Am Holdings, owner of the flight academy. (ANA) plans to expand Pan Am into Asia to begin providing training for other Asian airlines.
(ANA) believes it can capture opportunities for new pilots (FC), with Boeing (TBC) projecting the Asia Pacific region will need more than >185,000 new pilots (FC) over the next 20 years to keep pace with the rise in air travel demand. “This is a very exciting time for Pan Am. We feel certain that working with our new owners at (ANA) will bring new and profitable opportunities for Pan Am's continued growth, and particularly new opportunities for the employees of Pan Am," said Vito Cutrone, (CEO) of Pan Am.
“Improperly configured” engine fire extinguisher bottles discovered on several All Nippon Airways (ANA) 787s were traced to the part’s producer, Kidde Aerospace, a United Technologies Corporation (UTC) subsidiary. (UTC) conceded the error on the part and said it has been corrected. All 787 operators were expected to complete inspections within days.
Boeing (TBC) said, “An Engineering review has determined that this improper configuration does not present an immediate safety of flight issue because the bottles are not the only means of fire extinguishing for engines and there are multiple redundancies within the fire extinguishing system.”
Boeing (TBC) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced that (ANA) has ordered three additional 777-300ER (extended range) airplanes. The order, valued at approximately $945 million at current list prices, will increase the total number of 777s in (ANA)’s fleet to 57 airplanes once delivered.
(ANA), the launch customer and Boeing (TBC)’s largest commercial airline customer for the 787 Dreamliner, is strategically expanding its airplane fleet with new business opportunities arising in the rapidly growing Asia Pacific market.
According to FAPA.aero, All Nippon Airways is currently recruiting 767 First Officers (FC) for Air Japan (AJX) based in Narita; DHC-8-Q400 Captains (FC) based in Osaka, Japan. The respective airlines are holding classes every other month with up to 6 pilots (FC) per class.
737-881 (33908, JA78AN), and 3 787-8s (34496, JA831A; 40750, JA834A, 42249, JA832A) deliveries.
October 2013: All Nippon Airways (ANA) parent, (ANA) Holdings has posted a net profit of +¥20 billion/+$204.5 million for the first half of its fiscal year ended September 30, down -45.7% from the prior-year period.
(ANA) introduced the 787-8 on selected services: Tokyo Narita - Singapore October 1; Tokyo Haneda - Singapore October 27; Tokyo Narita - Shanghai October 27; and Tokyo Narita - Jakarta February 1. (ANA) will suspend 7x-weekly Nagoya - Shanghai service October 27 and reduces Tokyo Narita - Chengdu 7x-weekly service to 4x-weekly October 27.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has added a second daily, Tokyo - Chicago cargo service.
November 2013: The (FAA) is poised to order airlines to avoid flying 787 Dreamliners and 747-8 jumbo jets with General Electric Company (GEC) engines near thunderstorms after some of the planes experienced ice buildup.
An airworthiness directive (AD) due to be released is an “interim action” to ensure pilots (FC) fly clear of icing conditions that could reduce thrust from (GEnx) engines. The USA move follows Japan Airlines (JAL)’s decision to shift to other jets from 787s on some Asia routes. The icing risk adds urgency for pilots (FC) to steer clear of thunderstorms already shunned because of potentially deadly lightning and turbulence. Jets flying at high altitudes through tropical zones can be at risk from powerful storms that promote the formation of performance-sapping ice, according to (GEC). “It’s a relatively rare phenomenon, because it requires just the right meteorological conditions,” Hans Weber, President of San Diego-based aviation consultant, Tecop International Inc, said. “This isn’t a problem that will be limited to (GEC) engines. These crystals have been found in all engines at high altitudes near thunderstorms.”
The 787 Dreamliner, the first jet made chiefly of composite materials, entered service with (ANA) Holdings Inc’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) in October 2011. (ANA), the biggest 787 Dreamliner operator, uses Rolls-Royce Holdings (RRC) engines on its planes.
(JAL)’s 787s have (GEnx) engines, as do the 787S flown by United Airlines (UAL), the only USA airline flying 787s. (UAL) hasn’t changed schedules or routes for its 787s, said Christen David, a spokeswoman.
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc (AAWW) (TLS), the lone USA operator of 747-8s, adjusted operations after Boeing (TBC)’s November 23 warning for (GEnx)-equipped jets to stay 50 nautical miles/93 kilometers from storms, said Bonnie Rodney, a spokeswoman. Any disruptions for the freighters “will be minimal and can be managed with only minor re-routings,” Rodney said.
Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT), the Hong Kong-based airline, said it has 10 Boeing 747-8Fs in its fleet that are powered by (GEnx) engines. As a precautionary measure, it’s standard operating procedure for 747-8F freighters is to avoid flying into thunderstorms, (CAT) said in an e-mailed response.
“This looks a lot like a classic teething issue,” Richard Aboulafia, an Aerospace analyst at Fairfax, Virginia-based consultant, Teal Group, said by e-mail. “It’s probably isolated to just the engine, and even then just one of the two engines available as options. It’s also probably easily fixed with a software tweak, rather than any kind of hardware modification.”
(GEC) said it’s making software modifications to eliminate the ice-buildup risk and expects them to be available in the first quarter. Marc Birtel, a Boeing (TBC) spokesman, said the engines’ design and maintenance practices, together with the new instructions, allow for the jets’ “continued safe operation.” “The (FAA) has been working closely with Boeing and (GEc) to monitor and understand these events as the companies develop a permanent solution,” the (FAA) said. It didn’t give a specific time for issuing the (AD) on the planes, which only covers USA carriers.
Both the 787 and 747-8 have had bumpy debuts. The 747-8 was two years late in starting service in 2011, and slack demand forced Boeing to cut output. The 787, whose 2011 entry was 3 1/2 years late, was grounded for three months in January after meltdowns in the lithium-ion battery packs on two 787s.
There have been six cases since April of planes with (GEnx) engines temporarily losing thrust in high-altitude icing conditions, (GEC) said November 23. Five were with 747-8s and one was with a 787.
(JAL) will replace 787s on flights between Tokyo and Delhi with 777s until November 30, and will switch to 767s on its Tokyo - Singapore route.
Boeing (TBC) surpassed 1,000 orders for the 787 with its haul at the Dubai Air Show this month. (TBC) handed over 57 of the four-engine 747-8s, through the end of last month, most of which are freighters.
“Airlines wouldn’t be too concerned about engines in terms of costs,” K Ajith, a Singapore-based analyst at (UOB) Kay Hian Pte. “There will be some of sort compensation for airlines. Despite the problems, the airplane is quite popular.”
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December 2013: Lufthansa (DLH) will launch new services to Tokyo Haneda from March 30, 2014, when (DLH) will transfer its daily, Frankfurt - Tokyo Narita and daily, Munich - Narita service to Haneda.
Narita will stay in the (DLH) network and will be served from Frankfurt through Osaka from March 30. No details have been given which airplanes will be operated into Haneda. Currently, (DLH) operates one 747-400 on its Frankfurt - Narita service and one A340-600 from Munich.
“The inclusion of Haneda Airport in our flight schedules is for our passengers a tangible outcome of the strategy we pursued together in our strategic joint venture (JV) with our partner airline, (ANA). It also distinctly improves and grows the services we offer in Japan through vastly better flight connections into the Japanese domestic network,” Lufthansa (CEO) & Chairman, Christoph Franz said.
(DLH) said passengers can choose connecting flights to more than >40 Japanese destinations via Haneda. In addition, (ANA) is rearranging and expanding connections between Japan and Germany at the start of the 2014 summer flight schedules. In the future, (ANA) will service Frankfurt twice a day from Haneda. Up to now, (ANA) has offered one 777-300ER flight from Narita and one 787 service from Haneda to Frankfurt.
In the future, (ANA)’s 787 Narita - Munich flights will be served out of Haneda. From March 30, 2014, (ANA) will launch 787 Narita - Dusseldorf services.
(ANA) and Garuda Indonesia (GIA) have agreed on a comprehensive partnership, including an extensive code share agreement. Under the deal, both airlines will code share on flights between Japan and Indonesia and they will operate reciprocal frequent flyer agreements.
(ANA) is due to launch flights between Haneda Airport and Jakarta on March 30. Garuda Indonesia (GIA) also plans to start operating on the route in the first half of 2014. These new flights will increase the number of weekly flights operated by the two carriers between Japan and Indonesia to 53: - comprising 14 (ANA) flights and 39 (GIA) flights.
Plus, the code share agreement will open more options up to passengers. Passengers on (ANA) flights arriving in Jakarta will be able to travel on to maximum of 10 Indonesian routes. This incudes Jogjakarta and Denpasar on code share flights operated by (GIA).
Passengers on (GIA) flights arriving at Haneda Airport, Narita Airport or Kansai International Airport will be able to travel on on a maximum of 11 Japanese routes including Chitose or Nagoya using code share flights operated by (ANA).
(ANA) Holdings has invested in the Cool Japan Fund, a fund established in partnership between the public and private sectors under the leadership of the Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry to promote Japanese exports and attract inbound tourists.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) will introduce Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL) training into its pilot (FC) education program. (MPL) training is specifically designed for airplane cockpits crewed by two pilots (FC) and was introduced by (ICAO) in 2006.
(ANA) will begin (MPL) training from summer 2014 and will outsource the training to Lufthansa (DLH) Flight Training GmbH, one of (ANA)’s Star (SAL) Alliance partners and joint venture (JV) partner.
According to (ANA), (MPL) training is expected to result in a “significant reduction in training time compared to previous training methods, but it will effectively and efficiently allow trainees not only to acquire piloting skills, but also essential skills required for airline operations, including supporting flight operations.”
(ANA) said it decided to introduce the training after determining it met the group’s requirements as a means of providing effective, consistent training from basic stages to training on actual airplanes.
January 2014: All Nippon Airways (ANA) posted a third-quarter fiscal net profit of +¥13.2 billion/+$125.4 million, down -2% from the year-ago quarter, ending December 31, 2013.
Third-quarter revenues were ¥414.3 billion, up +35.4% year-over-year, while expenses were up +41.9% to ¥388.6 billion, producing an operating profit of +¥25.7 billion, down -6.4% from the third quarter 2012.
According to a company statement, the main reason for the increase in operating expenses was a rise in fuel costs caused by the weakening of the yen.
(ANA)’s domestic passenger services in the third quarter saw a +0.4% increase in revenue to ¥173.9 billion in the third quarter. Domestic (RPK)s were up +3.7% to 9.86 billion and (ASK)s were up +3% to 15.3 billion, producing a load factor of 64.5% LF, up +0.4 point.
(ANA)’s overall international passenger revenues increased +18.4% to ¥100.9 billion during the third quarter. (RPK)s were 7.78 billion, up +10.3% year-over-year and (ASK)s kept pace, up +10.3% to 10.73 billion, producing a load factor of 72.5% LF, consistent with the third quarter of 2012.
Third-quarter domestic cargo revenue was ¥9.1 billion, consistent year-over-year, and international revenue was up +26.1% to ¥28.5 billion.
(ANA) will begin Tokyo (HND) - Vancouver and – Hanoi service March 30.
February 2014: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has inked a deal with (IBS) Software for the implementation of two next-gen solutions to manage the Passenger Reservations and Flight Operations of Vanilla Air (WAJ), the (ANA) Group’s new Narita-based low-cost carrier (LCC).
(ANA) All Nippon Airways ((IATA) Code: NH, based at Tokyo Haneda) will withdraw its last two remaining 747-481Ds (25643, JA8960; 25644, JA8961), from revenue service on March 31. The quadjets' final flights will be Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka and Sapporo Chitose on March 30 with the final flight to be NH126 from Okinawa Naha to Tokyo Haneda on March 31. The 747-400D (Domestic) is a high density seating model developed for short-haul domestic Japanese flights and is capable of seating a maximum of 568 passengers in a two-class configuration or 660 passengers in a single-class configuration. In total, 19 of the type were built of which eleven went to (ANA), while the remaining eight (now all scrapped) were delivered to Japan Airlines ((IATA) Code - JL, based at Tokyo Haneda) (JAL)/(JAS).
All Nippon Airways (ANA) passengers from March 1 will be able to purchase Internet access onboard selected international flights using (ANA)’s new Wi-Fi Service. Passengers will be able to use their own smartphone or table devices to surf the Web, access email and update social networks.
March 2014: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways (ANA) launched daily flights from Tokyo Haneda to Vancouver, B C, Canada, its first service to Canada. Fellow Star (SAL) Alliance carrier, Air Canada (ACN) code shares on the route and provides onward connections for Japanese visitors.
News Item A-2: All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced it will place firm orders for 70 new Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) airplanes worth $16.4 billion at current list prices. (ANA) said the Airbus (EDS) order is for 30 airplanes, comprising seven A320neos and 23 A321neos, which will replace (ANA)’s existing Boeing 737-500 and A320ceo airplanes.
(ANA) will also purchase 40 Boeing airplanes (comprising 20 (GE) Aviation (GEC) (GE9X)-powered 777-9Xs to replace its existing fleet of 777-300ERs, a further six (GE90-115B)-powered 777-300ERs to support the expansion of its international services until delivery of Boeing 777-9X, and 14 787-9s). According to (ANA), this will take its total fleet of 787 Dreamliners to 80.
The airplanes are scheduled for delivery in (ANA)'s fiscal 2016 - 2027, and will increase the size of the (ANA) fleet to 250 airplanes.
The new Boeing (TBC) airplanes will be used predominantly on international routes while the new Airbus (EDS) airplanes will be introduced both on domestic routes and international routes.
(ANA) said the order is the “biggest in (ANA)’s history” and will “support (ANA)’s drive to become one of the world’s leading airline groups.” The new airplanes will also “help to respond to the needs of the increasing number of passengers expected to arrive in Japan in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and will support the Japanese government’s plans to boost the annual total of foreign visitors to Japan to 20 million.”
April 2014: All Nippon Airways (ANA) parent company, (ANA) Holdings has raised its performance forecast for the financial year ending March 31, 2014. The revised forecast (mainly due to an increase in international passenger service) updates the previous one made on October 30, 2013.
(ANA) is expecting a net income of +JPY18 billion/+$176 million, up +20% from a forecast of +JPY15 billion. The previous year’s net income was +JPY43.1 billion.
The company also raised its operating revenue forecast to JPY1.6 trillion, up +1.3% from JPY1.58 trillion. Operating revenue for the previous financial year was JPY1.48 trillion.
Operating income is expected to be JPY65 billion, up +8.3% from earlier predictions of JPY60 billion, but still down from JPY103.8 billion reported in the previous financial year.
(ANA) also revised its recurring profit forecast to +JPY42 billion, up +40% from JPY30 billion, which is down from JPY77 billion reported for the 2012/2013 financial year.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) parent, (ANA) Holdings posted net income of +¥18.8 billion/+$183 million for the 2013 financial year ended March 31, 2014, down -56.2% from +¥43.1 billion year-over-year.
The weakness of the Japanese yen, which helped push fuel costs +22% higher in FY2013, was cited as the main reason for the results.
Operating revenue was up +7.9% to reach a record high of ¥1.6 trillion from ¥1.48 trillion in the year-ago period. However, sales growth in each business segment, operating income, recurring profit and net income were all down compared to Fiscal Year (FY) 2012.
Operating expenses were up +11.3% to ¥1.54 trillion from ¥1.4 trillion in (FY) 2012, and operating income was down -36.4% to ¥66 billion from ¥104 billion a year earlier.
Passenger numbers for (FY) 2013 were up +3.5% to 49 million, with a -0.5 point decrease in passenger load factor to 66.8% LF. (ASK)s were up +6.5% to 102.5 billion year-on-year and (RPK)s were up +5.5% to 68.5 billion during the year-ago period.
Japan’s economy is expected to recover gradually in the current fiscal year ((FY) 2014) as the beneficial effects of government economic policies take hold. However, (ANA) cautions that “factors (including the continued high price of fuel, persistent weakness in the Japanese yen and increasingly fierce competition) will continue to present headwinds for (ANA) Holdings.”
(ANA) said it would continue to execute its mid-term corporate strategy ((FY) 2014 - 2016) to strengthen the Group’s core businesses, as well as expand and diversify its earnings and continue to reform its cost structure.
Measures aimed at improving profitability include further reducing operational costs and improving supply-demand balance on domestic passenger routes; network expansion utilizing a dual-hub model for the Tokyo Metropolitan area on international passenger routes; and network expansion and customer service improvements in its low-cost carrier (renamed from AirAsia Japan to Vanilla Air (WAJ) last November) operations.
For (FY) 2014, (ANA) Holdings is forecasting a +16.1% improvement in net income to +¥35 billion. It expects operating revenue to increase from ¥1.6 trillion to ¥1.7 trillion, and operating income to grow +66% in (FY) 2014 to ¥85 billion.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has taken advantage of the additional slots it was awarded at Tokyo Haneda (HND) to launch seven new international routes, all of which will be served daily. Three of the new routes are to Europe, three to Asia and one (Vancouver) in North America. Four of the routes are already served by other carriers. Two of the routes will be served by the airline’s 787-8s with two others (Hanoi and Manila) migrating to the 787 during the summer. In addition, (ANA) has also started a daily direct service from Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Düsseldorf (DUS). The new routes are as follows:
Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Hanoi (HAN) 7x weekly 767-300 on 3,670 km; to Jakarta (CGK) 7x weekly 787 on 5,770 km; to London (LHR) 7x weekly 777 on 9,610 km, vs Japan Air Lines (JAL) 7x & British Airways (BAB) 6x; to Manila (MNL) 7x weekly 767-300 on 2,990 km, vs Philippine Airlines (PAL) 14x; to Munich (MUC) 7x weekly 787 on 9,380 km, vs Lufthansa (DLH) 7x; to Paris (CDG) 7x weekly 777 on 9,730 km, vs AirFrance (AFA) 10x, & (JAL) 7x; to Vancouver (YVR) 7x weekly 767-300 on 7,580 km; and Toyota (NRT) to Dusseldorf (DUS) 7x weekly 787 on 9,360 km.
All Nippon Airways (ANA)’s Takeshi Wakai has been named VP Quality Management Department & Quality Assurance division of the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.
July 2014: News Item A-1: (ANA) expanded its international airfreight network during the 1st quarter, putting an additional cargo airplane in service on its new Okinawa to Singapore to Narita and Narita to Jakarta routes. “In addition to transporting cargo departing from Japan, (ANA) also transports cargo from Asia/China to North America, where demand is steady,” (ANA) said. “This tripartite transportation of cargo within Asia, leveraging the Okinawa cargo hub, led to [the 1st-quarter’s] volume and revenue growth.”
News Item A-2: (ANA) has taken delivery of its 1st Boeing 787-9, becoming the 1st airline to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the 787 Dreamliner family when (ANA) launches 787-9 services on domestic Japanese routes in August.
(ANA) President & (CEO), Osamu Shinobe called the 787 a “key element in our growth strategy. The new 787-9 will build on the exceptional efficiency of the 787-8 and will allow us to meet growing demand that is anticipated ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.”
(ANA) was the launch customer for the 787 Dreamliner and started its 1st 787-8 operation in October 2011. In September 2012, (ANA) placed an order for 11 787-9s, after swapping out 4 787-8s for 787-9s.
With this delivery, (ANA) will have 29 787s in its fleet.
(ANA) has firmed up its order for 7 Airbus A320neos, 23 A321neos, 20 Boeing 777-9Xs, 14 787-9s and 6 777-300ERs, which will be used for its short- and long-haul fleet renewal. The 2 orders were announced as a commitment in March. Deliveries of the Pratt & Whitney (PW1100G-JM)-powered A320neos will begin in 2016, while the Boeing airplanes are scheduled for delivery over the 2016 to 2027 period.
Boeing valued (ANA)’s order at approximately $13 billion at list prices. The 20 (GE) Aviation (GE9X)-powered 777-9Xs will replace (ANA)’s existing fleet of 777-300ERs, while a further 6 (GE90-115B)-powered 777-300ERs will support its international expansion, ahead of the arrival of its 777-9Xs.
Boeing (TBC) said (ANA) has become the world’s largest 787 customer with 80 of the type on order. It currently operates 29 787s with 51 more scheduled for delivery, including 43 787-9s.
With the arrival of the A320neos, (ANA) will also become 1st A320neo operator in Japan.
(ANA) operates an all-Boeing wide body fleet, including 767s, 787s and 777s. The A320neos will replace (ANA)’s existing Boeing 737-500 and A320ceo airplanes.
Before paying passengers will fly on the 787-9, (ANA) will be operating a special commemorative flight “Dreamliner” with American and Japanese elementary school children in Japan on-board. The airplane will fly over Mount Fuji, after departing from Haneda. Additionally, the TOMODACHI logo will be displayed on the airplane to support the initiative to strengthen Japanese - USA ties.
“The 787 Dreamliner is a key element in our growth strategy and we are proud to be the 1st airline to fly both models of the 787 family,” said Osamu Shinobe, ANA President and (CEO). “The new 787-9 will build on the exceptional efficiency of the 787-8 and will allow us to meet growing demand that is anticipated ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Our customers have expressed their pleasure with the comfort of the 787’s innovative cabin features and we are excited to introduce the new 787 variant into our fleet.”
“This milestone delivery adds yet another chapter in our long and successful relationship with ANA,” said John Wojick, Senior VP Global Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA). “(ANA) continues to demonstrate the market-leading efficiency and comfort of the 787 family.”
The 1st 787-9 will arrive with domestic route specifications with 395 seats; 60 greater than the 787-8.
Currently, ANA has 28 787s in its fleet, and in a press release last week, (ANA) said that “The fuel savings achieved from the 787 airplane already in service are sufficient to operate 500 round trips from Tokyo to Frankfurt and are reducing CO2 emissions by 150,000 tons a year. When all 80 Dreamliners are in operation, the CO2 reduction will be 450,000 tons, with enough fuel saved to operate 1,400 round trips to Frankfurt.”
2 weeks ago, Air New Zealand (ANZ) became the world’s 1st airline to take delivery of the new 787-9.
United (UAL) will take delivery of its 1st 787-9 next month, and (UAL) plans to begin flying it in September. Virgin Atlantic (VAA) will fly its 1st 787-9 flight at the end of the October, and Etihad (EHD) will fly its 1st 787-9 flight in December.
August 2014: The latest round of route announcements by Japan’s major airlines includes the notable return of a domestic trunk service that was previously squeezed out by competition from high-speed rail.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JSA) are both boosting flights from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, although (JAL)/(JSA) also cut flights from elsewhere in its network. Most of the changes will be effective from October 26, and will apply to their schedules for the second half of the fiscal year.
(ANA) is adding a new route from Tokyo Haneda to Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair Airport using Boeing 737-800s. (ANA) last operated this route in 1982, although at that time, it used Komaki Airport in Nagoya since Centrair had not yet been built.
The flight was suspended due to the challenge of the Shinkansen bullet trains, which can travel between Nagoya and Tokyo in 1 hour 40 minutes. Many relatively short domestic routes have come under pressure from the Shinkansen trains, as they offer extremely high frequency on trunk lines such as Tokyo to Nagoya to Osaka.
The reason the flights are being resumed on this route is not to compete with the trains for commuter traffic, but to offer convenient connections to international flights at Haneda. Thanks to recent expansion at Haneda, (ANA) has increased its international services at what used to be a domestic airport. (ANA) already operates flights from Nagoya to Tokyo Narita Airport, which is still the major international airport in Tokyo.
As well as the new Nagoya service, (ANA) has added 3 more daily frequencies to existing domestic routes from Haneda. It has also added 3 daily frequencies to routes from Fukuoka. On the international side, (ANA) is changing airplane types on a number of routes, and also cut back its flights from Narita to Chengdu, China from daily to 4x-weekly. (JAL)/(JSA), meanwhile, added 2 daily frequencies to domestic routes from Haneda. It also cut 4x-daily frequencies from its Fukuoka network.
Another notable change is its suspension of flights between Narita and Okinawa’s Naha Airport. This is 1 of the routes currently served by both (JAL) and its low-cost joint venture (JV) Jetstar Japan. Code share flights on the Jetstar Japan service will still be offered to passengers from Naha connecting to (JAL) international flights at Narita. (JAL) will continue to offer multiple daily flights between Haneda and Naha, operated by mainline airplanes as well as its (JAL) Express and Japan Transocean Air subsidiaries.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) (which announced last year it would invest $25 million in Myanmar’s Asian Wings Airways (AWM) for a 49% stake) has pulled back from the deal. However, (ANA) said it is still interested in investing in that market.
(ANA) will continue to seek possible business opportunities in airlines and airline-related businesses in Myanmar. Despite the decision to cancel its investment in (AWM), “we still realize that the potential for growth in Myanmar is high.”
The market situation in Myanmar had changed rapidly since the original investment decision, (ANA) noted. Due to increased competition, all of Myanmar’s airlines are seeing a drop in financial performance, the spokesman said.
In addition, (ANA) said it was unable to reach agreement with (AWM) during negotiations over the capital injection.
(ANA) confirmed the (AWM) withdrawal does not change its broader aim of making strategic overseas investments, mainly in Asian countries that have strong economic growth. It is primarily targeting airlines whose networks would mesh well with (ANA)’s, as well as other aviation-related businesses.
As part of this strategy, (ANA) has invested in the USA-based Pan Am International Flight Academy, in a move to help it capitalize on demand for pilot (FC) training in Southeast Asia. All Nippon Airways (ANA) parent, ANA Holdings will open a new Pilot (FC) Training facility in Thailand in September.
The Pan Am International Flight Training Center (Thailand) will begin operating in the middle of next month with an initial Airbus A320 simulator, with plans to expand to a total of 4 simulators (2 A320s and 2 Boeing 737NGs) in 2015. The Pan Am Thailand academy builds on (ANA) Holding’s Pan Am flight academy operations in North and South America. (ANA) Holdings acquired Pan Am Holdings and its subsidiaries, including Pan Am International Flight Academy, in August last year. (ANA) said the Thailand operation would “capitalize on the rapid growth in demand for flight crew (FC) training in SE Asia as the aviation market expands in this region.” According to (ICAO) forecasts, approximately 230,000 pilots (FC) (4.5 times more than current pilot (FC) numbers) will be needed by 2030.
Pan Am Thailand will be a joint venture (JV) between (ANA) Holdings (75%), Thai budget carrier Nok Air (15%), and Thailand’s Assumption University in Bangkok (10%), which recently set up a new ab initio flight training department. (ANA) Holdings said the expansion of its international flight academy business forms part of the Group’s broader strategy to grow profitability through the expansion of its international flight network and by diversifying into auxiliary airline industry services, particularly into areas that provide access to the high-growth Asian market.
(ANA) Holdings established an investment management company in Singapore in June 2013 to accelerate investment in Asia and to manage the group’s shareholdings.
September 2014: All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) will launch a cargo joint venture (JV) on routes between Japan and Europe, following antitrust approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport.
The joint venture (JV) (the first worldwide cargo (JV)) has been positively assessed by relevant European Union (EU) antitrust regulators, according to a statement by the two carriers.
(ANA) and Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) will jointly manage activities covered by the (JV), including network planning, pricing, sales, and handling on all routes between Japan and Europe.
“Based on a contract, which will be signed over the next two weeks, the two carriers aim to introduce a joint approach on shipments originating from Japan to Europe in winter 2014/2015 and for shipments from Europe to Japan mid-2015,” the two companies said.
By moving under one roof at major stations (such as Tokyo Narita and Nagoya in Japan, and Düsseldorf and Frankfurt in Germany) both carriers can offer services at a single location.
Star (SAL) Alliance partners, Lufthansa (DLH) and (ANA) launched a joint venture (JV) on passenger scheduled flights in 2012 on routes between Japan and Europe.
October 2014: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways (ANA) achieved a healthy improvement in profits for the six months through September, as (ANA)’s rapid expansion in international markets provided a significant boost in revenue.
(ANA)’s parent, (ANA) Holdings, reported a net profit of +¥35.7 billion/+$327.3 million for its fiscal first half, up +78.2% from a profit of +¥20 billion in the year-ago period. Operating revenue increased +9.1% to ¥854.8 billion, largely due to (ANA)’s international growth strategy.
With a mature and stable domestic market, Japanese airlines have been focusing their attention on long-haul markets. This has been aided by increasing inbound demand, driven in part by government policies aimed at encouraging visitors. New slot awards have enabled (ANA) to build an international hub at the Tokyo’s Haneda airport, which was previously used mostly for domestic flights.
Helped by the new Haneda services in its summer schedule, (ANA)’s international capacity increased +22.5% in the six-month period. However, traffic grew slightly more slowly at +19.5%, resulting in international load factor slipping -1.9 points to 72.9% LF. International revenue was up +20%.
In contrast, domestic capacity was down -1.6%, with load factor rising +2.1 points to 63% LF. The 74.7% LF load factor for (ANA)’s low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, Vanilla Air (VNL) was significantly higher than the mainline operation. The cargo sector showed healthy rise in volumes and revenue in both domestic and international markets.
As well as the growing contribution from international routes, the steady improvement of the Japanese economy was also highlighted by (ANA). (ANA) is optimistic about the economic outlook, and it expects the gradual recovery to continue through the second half of the fiscal year through March 2015.
(ANA) said it is adhering to its previous guidance for the full fiscal year, issued in April. It expects net income to rise to +¥35 billion, compared to 18.8 billion in the previous year. (ANA) forecasts operating revenue will be ¥1.7 trillion, a year-on-year increase of nearly +¥100 billion.
News Item A-2: All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Philippine Airlines (PAL) have signed a code share agreement, effective October 26 pending regulatory approval.
The partnership will also link the carriers’ frequent flyer programs. The code share will include flights between Japan and the Philippines, as well as domestic routes at either end.
The partners will offer a combined 74x-weekly between the 2 countries, with the greater share operated by (PAL). (PAL) has flights from Manila to Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, and both Tokyo airports, as well as a route from Cebu to Tokyo Narita Airport. (ANA) flies to Manila from both Haneda and Narita. Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) and Japan Airlines (JAL) also compete on Japan to Philippines routes.
Included in the code share are 19 of (ANA)’s domestic routes and 10 routes within the Philippines operated by (PAL).
(ANA) has confirmed it will not be investing in (PAL) as part of the deal. (JAL) had been discussing the possibility of a strategic investment in (PAL) last year, according to (PAL) executives, but the talks ended without result.
The two airlines decided a code share partnership was the best option after the investment talks finished. They have reportedly been discussing such an alliance for months. The code share was signed by a new (PAL) management team that took over, following business magnate Lucio Tan’s purchase of a larger stake in (PAL) in mid-September.
Separately, (PAL) confirmed it will launch 1-stop service from Manila to New York (JFK) beginning in March 2015. (PAL) had previously signaled the introduction of this flight, but it was one of the planned routes that was placed under review by the new management team. The New York flight will operate 4x-weekly with A340-300s, stopping in Vancouver. It will be (PAL)’s 5th USA destination, joining Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, and Guam.
After the (FAA) restored the Philippines to a category 1 safety rating in April, (PAL) executives immediately revealed their intention to expand in the USA market.
News Item A-3: (ANA) has also entered into a code share agreement with (TAM) Airlines (TPR) of Brazil, part of the (LATAM) Group. Two new code share flights to São Paulo begin October 26. 1 will depart Paris, and the other Frankfurt. (ANA) will also put its code on 5 more routes beyond São Paulo. These code shares are in addition to other services to Brazil with (ANA)’s Star (SAL) Alliance partner airlines: United Airlines (UAL) and Lufthansa (DLH).
News Item A-4: All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), both member of the Star (SAL) Alliance begin code sharing on October 26. (ANA) passengers can book connecting flights on (ETH) between Addis Ababa and Bangkok, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris, London, Nairobi, and Mombasa. (ETH) will place its code on (ANA) Bangkok and Hong Kong services.
News Item A-5: All Nippon Airways (ANA) is expanding in-flight Wi-Fi services from April 2015 when (ANA) will start introducing (ANA) Wi-Fi Service on approximately 30 additional airplanes operating on international routes, including 787-8, 787-9 and 777-300ER airplanes. This will increase the number of airplanes offering a Wi-Fi service on international flights to approximately 60. Also, it plans to introduce in-flight Wi-Fi services on certain domestic routes within (FY) 2015. Approximately 100 airplanes, including 787-8s, 787-9s, 777-200s and 777-300s, will be able to provide this service.
November 2014: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways (ANA) increases Tokyo Haneda toO Hong Kong service from December 20, adding an additional flight on weekends.
News Item A-2: All Nippon Airways (ANA) expects to switch its international growth focus to Tokyo Narita International Airport in 2015 following a dramatic expansion at Haneda Airport this year.
News Item A-3: All Nippon Airways (ANA) is seeking permission to form a transpacific cargo joint venture (JV) with its Star (SAL) Alliance partner, United Airlines (UAL).
(ANA) filed its antitrust application to the Japanese transport ministry (MLIT), with the aim of creating “a more efficient and comprehensive” transpacific cargo network.
In a stock market disclosure, (ANA) said the 2 carriers are looking to “jointly manage transpacific air cargo business activities including scheduling, pricing and sales.” It said the (JV), which needs Japanese and USA clearance, would be the first of its kind between the USA and Asia, delivering “substantial service benefits,” greater choice and enabling the partners to compete more effectively with other airlines.
“United Airlines (UAL) and (ANA) are members of the Star (SAL) Alliance, and this cargo joint venture (JV) will expand the relationship they have established on passenger service to the area of cargo service to further increase customer benefits.” (ANA) already has passenger joint ventures (JV)s in place with United Airlines (UAL) (transpacific), Lufthansa (DLH), Swiss International Air Lines (CSR), and Austrian Airlines (AUL) (Japan to Europe).
The move forms part of (ANA)’s cargo expansion. It recently created a new (ANA) Cargo business unit to manage its freight activities and fleet of 10 767F freighters, which operate from its Okinawa cargo hub.
December 2014: News Item A-1: With SE Asia seeing a slowdown in route expansion as carriers seek to balance tight yields with rising load factors, the north Asia region is taking up the slack (especially on north Pacific Asia to USA routes).
Both All Nippon Airways (ANA) and United Airlines (UAL) have announced increased capacity from Tokyo Narita and Chengdu, China, respectively, for next year.
(ANA) is also boosting its north Pacific schedules with a daily nonstop service between Tokyo and Houston to be introduced mid-June next year. (ANA) will use Boeing 777-300ERs for the new route.
(UAL) will add a daily flight to its nonstop Chengdu to San Francisco services, initially for 3 months from June 2015. (UAL) currently runs 3x-weekly service using 787-8s on the 14-hour flight. (UAL) also plans to add a 2nd daily nonstop on San Francisco to Shanghai starting in May next year. This service will use 777-200s.
According to USA consulate sources, some 3 million tourists are expected to visit the USA from north Asia and China in 2016.
News Item A-2: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has launched a new smartphone app designed to relax passengers during takeoff. (ANA), Japan’s largest airline found that 72% of USA airline passengers surveyed felt anxious before flying, with takeoff the most stress inducing part of the journey. In response to this, (ANA) developed the "ANA Takeoff Mode app" to distract nervous passengers at the start of the flight.
The new app, which can be downloaded for free at the Apple App store, takes the form of a simple but absorbing puzzle, where users have to maneuver a ball on screen to collect points with relaxing music playing in the background. While in use, the app measures the amplitude and frequency response of the ambient noise inside the airplane cabin so that when the airplane’s engines are at full throttle during takeoff, the audio profile triggers a special animation and message for the user.
The app is 1 of the 1st to take advantage of the (FAA)’s October announcement that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight.
News Item A-3: (ANA) will increase the free baggage allowance for passengers traveling in economy (Y) class on international flights. From tickets purchased January 8, passengers will be able to check in 2 pieces of free baggage as opposed to the 1 piece under the current rules. The free allowance for weight and size will remain unchanged, as will the free baggage allowance rule for 1st (F) and business (C) class passengers.
News Item A-4: All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) plans to continue its international network growth will be supported by the arrival of several more Boeing 787s next year, particularly the stretched 787-9 version.
January 2015: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways (ANA) parent ANA Holdings reported a net income of +JPY52.3 billion/+$443 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2014, up +57.2% from +JPY33.3 billion reported for the same period the previous year.
(ANA) said the growth was driven by expansion of the group’s international route network, tight cost control, and the continued gradual recovery of the Japanese economy.
Operating revenues in the 1st 9 months of the financial year increased +9.1% to JPY1.3 trillion from JPY1.2 trillion year-on-year, while operating expenses including fuel costs grew more slowly, up +7.8% to JPY1.2 trillion from JPY1.1 trillion during the year-ago period. As a result, operating income increased +29.3% to JPY89.2 billion from JPY69 billion year-on-year.
In the air transport sector alone, both operating revenues and operating income were up, to JPY1.12 trillion and JPY78.2 billion, respectively.
In the domestic sector, passenger numbers were up +1% to 32.8 million from 32.6 million year-on-year, with (RPK)s up +1.6% to 29.3 billion and (ASK)s down -1.7% to 45.6 billion. Passenger load factor for the 9-month period was up +2% points to 64.1% LF from 62.1% LF during the year-ago period.
In the international sector, passenger numbers were up +12.7% to 5.4 million year-over year, while (RPK)s were up +17.3% to 26.8 billion and (ASK)s increased +20.4% to 37.2 billion. Passenger load factor was down -1.9% points to 72.1% LF.
Despite the improvement in the Japanese economy, (ANA) said its business environment would remain “subject to various types of global event risk and increasingly fierce domestic and international market competition.” It therefore made no revision to the consolidated business forecast announced at the end of the last financial year. This envisages full-year operating revenues of JPY1.7 trillion, operating income of +JPY85 billion, and net income of +JPY35 billion.
(ANA) has also unveiled its 10-year corporate strategic vision for the period up to (FY) 2025 and updated progress on its mid-term corporate strategy for (FY) 2014 - 2016.
It says the 10-year vision is designed to take advantage of a possible increase in the number of slots at Tokyo’s airports, and the economic boost anticipated by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Key targets include a +50% increase in international passenger services from (FY) 2015 to (FY) 2025; an increase in operating revenue to JPY2.5 trillion and an operating profit target of +JPY200 billion; plus fleet expansion to include the 15 new airplanes just ordered from Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC).
In the context of the (FY) 2014 toO (FY) 2016 mid-term corporate strategy, the group remains on course to achieve planned cost savings of -JPY136.5 billion by the end of (FY) 2016, while management targets for improvements in revenue, operating profit and operating margin remain unchanged. The plan also envisages further development of the Tokyo dual-hub (Narita and Haneda) airport strategy.
Management targets for (FY) 2015 and (FY) 2016 remain unchanged at operating revenue of JPY1.78 trillion and JPY1.85 trillion, respectively; operating profit of +JPY110 billion and +JPY130 billion, respectively; and net profit of +JPY45 billion and +JPY60 billion, respectively.
News Item A-2: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has placed orders for Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) airplanes to bolster (ANA)’s growing fleet.
(ANA) will purchase 3 Boeing 787-10 airplanes and 5 737-800s. The agreement, when finalized will be valued at approximately $1.4 billion at current list prices, and (ANA) will become the 1st airline in Asia to operate the entire family of 787 Dreamliners.
(ANA), the launch customer of the 787, has taken more 787 deliveries than any other customer at 34 787s, with 46 still on order.
(ANA) has also ordered 7 more Airbus A321 airplanes, comprising 4 A321ceos and 3 A321neos, in addition to the firm order for 30 A320neo family (7 A320neo and 23 A321neo) airplanes placed in July 2014.
The latest agreement brings (ANA)’s total order for the A320 family to 37 airplanes, which will gradually replace its existing single-aisle fleet. (ANA) will be the 1st Japanese operator of both Sharklet-equipped A321ceos and A321neos.
February 2015: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways (ANA) is introducing new travel classes and enhanced in-flight services on flights to Singapore, Bangkok, and Jakarta from March. Passengers will be able to fly premium economy (PY) on these routes. (ANA) is also introducing first class (F) service on its Narita to Singapore route from March.
(ANA) plans to extend its dedicated freighter hub in Okinawa for its midnight express and intra-Asia/Japanese domestic network.
News Item A-2: Air Do (HIA) will transfer 4 of its Sapporo Chitose routes to All Nippon Airways (ANA) this summer, the "Zipanguflyer" blog reports. Citing poor demand, (HIA), the Japanese domestic operator will transfer its Fukushima, Niigata, Komatsu, and Toyama services to (ANA) beginning March 29 with each to be downgraded to a single daily return flight. All flights will be operated by an (ANA) 737-800 with the exception of Niigata, which will be operated by an (ANA) Wings ((IATA) Code: EH, based at Sapporo Chitose) DHC-8-400.
News Item A3: All Nippon Airways (ANA) parent (ANA) Holdings has named Senior Executive VP, Shinya Katanozaka as President & (CEO), succeeding Shinichiro Ito, who will take over as Chairman April 1. Ito succeeds Yoji Ohashi, who became Chairman in 2005 after previously serving as the company’s President & (CEO). Ohashi will continue to act as a corporate counselor of (ANA) Holdings.
Katanozaka, who joined the airline in 1979, became Executive VP in April 2013 and was head of the company’s Human Resources (HR) Strategy & Corporate Planning.
Ito took over as President in April 2009 and became President & (CEO) in 2013. He oversaw the company’s transition to a holding company in 2013. Ito introduced (ANA) as the Boeing 787 launch customer. As of February 1, (ANA) had 32 Boeing 787-8s and 2 787-9s in its fleet.
(ANA) has 36 787-8s and 44 787-9s (including the 34 787s it currently operates) on order, which is expected to replace its 44 767-300/300ERs in the future.
As of February 1, (ANA) had a total of 225 airplanes in its fleet, including Boeing 777-200/300s, 767-300, 787s, 737-700/800s, Airbus A320s and Bombardier DHC-8-300/Dash 8-Q400s.
Its recent airplane orders include 6 777-300ERs, 20 777-9Xs, 14 787-9s, 26 A321neos, 7 A320neos, 4 A321ceos, 5 737-800s and 3 787-10s.
News Item A-4: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has launched Flight Connections, a new website created for passengers to turn their online connections into physical meetings with the help of LinkedIn. The interactive site incorporates data from the users’ LinkedIn network to generate a visual representation of their global network and overlays (ANA) routes to show users how they can easily connect with their business relationships in Asia.
News Item A-5: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has confirmed it is among the companies seeking to support Japan’s Skymark Airlines (SKM) as it restructures under bankruptcy protection.
(ANA) Holdings ((ANA)’s umbrella company) said it “has decided to participate in the sponsorship of (SKM) and submitted the required documents.” (ANA) is not revealing details of its support, which could range from direct investment to code sharing and joint purchasing.
The deadline for airlines to apply to be involved in the Skymark (SKM) restructuring was February 23, and the deadline for non-airline companies was February 19.
As many as 20 companies are believed to have offered to support to (SKM). Private equity company Integral Corporation is providing debtor-in-possession financing, but has also encouraged other companies to become involved.
(ANA)’s rival Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) has already stated it will not be investing in (SKM), although it has said a code share could potentially be discussed after Skymark’s restructuring plan has been completed.
March 2015: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways (ANA), has been awarded the highest "5-Stars" rating by SKYTRAX for the 3rd consecutive year. SKYTRAX (http://www.airlinequality.com/)# is well known as a world leading airline and airport review specialist, and only 6 other airlines across the globe hold their prestigious 5-Star rating. This award recognizes the consistently high levels of service provided by (ANA) to customers at all stages of their flight, from the airport to the airplane cabin. It also recognizes the ongoing improvements to service quality that (ANA) has implemented to meet the needs of its increasingly international customer base. (ANA) is committed to maintaining and improving its standards as the airline continues to expand its business operations and take advantage of the additional international routes at Haneda Airport from spring 2014.
Service improvements include:
* The launch of ‘DINING h,’ a new restaurant inside the (ANA) "Suite Lounge" at the Haneda Airport international terminal. This offers the first-ever restaurant dining service by (ANA) at an airport lounge in Japan.
* Expansion of (ANA)’s in-flight entertainment channels (movies, audio and other channels), exceeding >300 channels in December 2014 and providing more channels than any other Japanese airline with a variety of languages.
* (ANA) has also welcomed 4 new members, including 2 foreign chefs, to "The Connoisseurs" team to provide an even larger range of in-flight meal options. (ANA) has also developed new in-flight menus in collaboration with well-known overseas hotels, to improve the quality of in-flight meals on flights departing from overseas airports to Japan.
* The "Tastes of JAPAN by (ANA)" project continues to develop, incorporating ingredients from 17 Japanese prefectures into in-flight meals and lounge cuisine, contributing to the promotion of tourism to Japan and economic growth in Japan's regions, by advertising the appeal of destinations across the country.
* Following extensive customer feedback at both check-in and within airport lounges, (ANA) has improved staff training and adapted its services to best meet customer needs.
* In addition to mandatory English-language training for all (ANA) cabin attendants (CA), phrase books in additional languages have been introduced to improve on-board communication with international passengers.
# SKYTRAX, established in 1989, is an airline consulting and rating company based in London, UK. In addition to the Airline Star Ratings, which ranks airlines between 1-Star and 5-Star, the company also organizes the World Airline Awards, which are based on an evaluation of >200 airlines, assessed each year using SKYTRAX's own online questionnaire and various other customer surveys. The World Airline Awards 1st recognized (ANA) in 2011 through the World’s "Best Airport Services & Staff Service Excellence, Asia" Award. (ANA) collected another World Airline Award in 2012 as "Best Transpacific Airline." In 2013 and 2014, (ANA) was awarded World’s "Best Airport Services" for two consecutive years. (ANA) was also awarded "Best Cabin Cleanliness" in 2013 and "Best Transpacific Airline" in 2014.
##: Asiana Airlines (AAR), Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT), Garuda Indonesia (GIA), Hainan Airlines (HNA), Qatar Airways (QTA), Singapore Airlines (SIA).
###: The "Connoisseurs team" now consists of a total of 26 well-known chefs, including 4 new partners who joined in July 2014. The team provides meals and beverages for customers on international routes (flights departing Japan) and in Premium Class on certain domestic routes.
####: This project aims to introduce customers from around the world to the diverse range of appealing food choices available from around Japan by incorporating them into in-flight meals and other services.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the 13th largest airline in the world by revenues (2013) and the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, (ANA) flies today on 72 international routes and 113 domestic routes with a fleet of about 240 airplanes. The (ANA) Group has 33,000 employees. In 2013, it carried 46 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.6 trillion Japanese yen. (ANA) has been a member of the Star Alliance (SAL) since 1999 and has joint-ventures (JV)s with United Airlines (UAL) on trans-Pacific and Asia routes and with Lufthansa (DLH), Swiss International Airlines (CSR), and Austrian Airlines (AUL) on Japan to Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, "(ANA) Mileage Club," has >26 million members. (ANA) was voted "Airline of the Year for 2013" by Air Transport World (ATW) Magazine, and was awarded 5 stars in 2013 and 2014 by SKYTRAX. (ANA) is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
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News Item A-2: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has reached 50 million passenger mark (again); and added Düsseldorf, Hanoi, and Vancouver to its network in 2014; (ANA) will add Houston and Kuala Lumpur in 2015.
Star (SAL) Alliance member, All Nippon Airways (ANA) carried just <50 million passengers in 2014, an increase of +3.3% on its performance in 2013. While the total number of passengers transported is still not quite at the level achieved back in 2006 and 2007, the number of passengers carried on international flights did set a new record for the airline of 6.94 million, up almost +11%. This marks the 3rd time in the last 5 years that international passenger numbers have grown by >10%. International passengers now account for 14% of (ANA)’s total traffic, up from 9% in 2006.
In recent years, (ANA) has also ventured into the low-cost carrier (LCC) market. In March 2012, Peach Aviation (PCA) began domestic flights from Osaka Kansai. (PCA) is a joint venture (JV) between (ANA) and the Hong Kong based, First Eastern Investment Group. Since then, (ANA)’s network has grown to 17 routes, 14 of which are from Osaka Kansai, and are a mix of domestic and international. In addition, in August 2012, its joint venture (JV) with AirAsia (ASW), named AirAsia Japan, launched domestic flights from Tokyo Narita. International routes were added before the end of the year, but the partnership failed to gel and (ANA) took over the business and re-branded it as Vanilla Air (VNL) in late 2013. This summer, the airline will operate just 6 routes from Tokyo Narita, 3 in Japan, plus Hong Kong, Kaohsiung and Taipei Taoyuan.
(ANA)’s network is dominated by high frequency domestic services mostly from its main hub at Tokyo Haneda. (ANA)’s busiest route is the 820 km link between Haneda and Sapporo, which is served with >200 flights per week - - SEE ATTACHED CHART - - "ANA-2014-08 - TOP DOMESTIC ROUTES." (ANA)’s service on the 880 km link to Fukuoka is not far behind with >180 flights per week.
Of (ANA)’s top 13 routes, all of which are served with at least 9 daily flights, 10 involve Tokyo Haneda airport. The 3 non-Tokyo routes involve 6 different airports. (ANA)’s most recent additions to its domestic network were two new routes to Aomori from Osaka Itami and Sapporo, operated on (ANA)’s behalf by its fully-owned regional subsidiary, ANA Wings ((IATA) Code: EH) using Dash 8-Q400s. Both of these new services began in July 2014.
Between August 2013 and August 2014 (ANA)’s network has grown from 189 routes to 192, with the addition of just 3 new routes. No routes have been dropped during this period. The new routes are between Tokyo Haneda and Nagoya (daily service on the 280 km routes began on October 26th, 2014), Osaka Itami and Hakodate (daily service begins on 29 March 2015), and Tokyo Haneda and Houston Intercontinental (daily service is expected to start on June 12th, 2015).
The biggest changes in (ANA)’s international network occurred at the beginning of the summer 2014 season when additional slots became available at Tokyo Haneda for international services. While maintaining international flights from Tokyo Narita to Jakarta, Manila and Paris (CDG), (ANA) also launched flights to these destinations from Tokyo Haneda. London Heathrow and Munich services were shifted completely from Narita to Haneda, while (ANA) launched all-new services to Hanoi and Vancouver from Haneda. In addition, (ANA) also added Düsseldorf to its network with the introduction of daily flights from Narita using its 787s. In terms of Available Seat Kilometers (ASK)s, (ANA)’s biggest international route is to New York (JFK), which it serves 2x-daily - - SEE ATTACHED - - "ANA-2014-08 - TOP INTERNATIONAL ROUTES."
News Item A-3: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has finalized an order for 3 787-10 airplanes, valued at approximately $900 million at current list prices.
April 2015: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has agreed to buy up to 20% of bankrupt Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC) Skymark Airlines (SKM). The move comes as part of a rehabilitation process for the struggling (LCC).
(SKN)’s bankruptcy in late January was precipitated by its default on an Airbus (EDS) order for 6 A380s. Airbus (EDS) recently filed a JPY84 billion/$700 million lawsuit against (SKM) contesting missed payments for the airplanes.
Whether the (ANA) deal will include a resumption of the A380 order, possibly in (EDS)’s recently proposed 11-across high-density seating configuration, is not yet known.
However, (ANA) is reportedly looking at a potential code sharing option for existing Skymark (SKM) schedules, and the use of A380s with a potential for up to 700 passengers on domestic Japanese routes would be very attractive given (SKM)’s existing market position in Japan.
(SKM) currently holds 36 slots for domestic flights at Tokyo Haneda Airport, which would boost (ANA)’s slot access at the airport to almost 60% (as long as (ANA)’s holding in the (LCC) did not go beyond 20%). That would bring a reassessment of slot allocations for the combined ownership company, under Japanese regulations.
(ANA) is likely to be joined in the (SKM) bailout by Integral (a Japanese investment fund, Malaysia (LCC) AirAsia (ASW), public transport operator Nihon Kotsu Company, plus several other smaller players.
If the deal goes ahead, (ANA) is likely to demand several seats on (SKM)’s board as part of any deal. Institutional investors such as the Development Bank of Japan, the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and other minority stakeholders have also expressed interest in a stake following a successful relaunch, and prior to a potential initial public offering (IPO).
News Item A-2: All Nippon Airways (ANA) will introduce the Boeing 787-9 on its Tokyo Haneda to Munich route on May 5, becoming the 1st Japanese airline to use the type on international routes.
The 787-9 will fly on alternate days with the exception of certain periods, subject to approval. (ANA)’s 787-9 has 215 seats, +46 more than the 787-8, and is equipped with (ANA)’s latest cabin amenities. New in-flight services offered on the airplane include (ANA) "SKY LIVE TV," a feature that allows passengers to view broadcast television programming in real-time, which is a 1st among Japanese airlines.
(ANA), which became the launch customer for the 787 Dreamliner in 2011, operates 34 of the type. It has used the 787-9 on regular domestic service since August 2014. It has an additional 49 787s on order.
Last month, (ANA) finalized an order for 3 787-10s, valued at approximately $900 million at current list prices.
News Item A-3: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has secured Japanese antitrust clearance for its transpacific cargo joint venture (JV) with Star (SAL) Alliance partner, United Airlines (UAL).
The (JV), which was 1st announced last November, has been approved by Japanese transport ministry (MLIT). The partners said the partnership will create “a more efficient and comprehensive” transpacific cargo network. “This antitrust immunity and any additional government approvals, enables (ANA) and (UAL) to jointly manage activities covered by the air cargo (JV) (including network planning, pricing, sales and handling) on specified transpacific routes. This cargo (JV) is the 1st of its kind between Asia and the Americas, and would generate substantial service benefits for freight customers, including an expanded network, greater capacity and expedited transport,” (ANA) said.
(ANA) already has (JV)s in place with (UAL) (transpacific), Lufthansa (DLH), Swiss International Air Lines (CSR), and Austrian Airlines (AUL) (Japan to Europe).
News Item A-4: (ANA) Holdings has firmed up an order for +7 more A321 airplanes (4 A321ceos with Sharklets and three A321neos), following the previous announcement in January this year. This firm order brings (ANA)’s total order for the A320 Family to 37 airplanes (26 A321neos, 4 A321ceos with Sharklets, and 7 A320neos).
The (ANA) Group will be the 1st Japanese carrier to operate 3 variants of the A320 Family, the A321neo, the A321ceo and the A320neo. With an optimised use of cabin space called ‘Cabin-Flex,’ the A321neo will typically seat up to 240 passengers, while maintaining Airbus’ standard comfort standard of at least 18 inch wide seats. The A321ceo will seat up to 220, and the A320neo up to 180 passengers.
The 1st A320neo successfully took its maiden flight in September 2014 and is now undergoing an extensive flight test campaign.
News Item A-5: All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced that Hideki Kunugi was named the new Head of the Americas, effective April 1. He succeeded Yuji Hirako. Kunugi, who has been with (ANA) since 1983, and will oversee operations as the airline seeks to expand its presence in the USA.
News Item A-6: All Nippon Airways (ANA) and the Toyota Boshoku Corporation have teamed up to develop new economy (Y) class seats in line with (ANA)’s continued commitment to quality and comfort. The seats will appear on (ANA)’s domestic service beginning June, and the collaboration marks the first time for Toyota Boshoku to be involved in the development and manufacturing of airplane seats. The new seats will be introduced on domestic flights this summer, and by fiscal 2016, (ANA) plans to have installed a total of 1,560 seats across 6 767-300 airplanes.
News Item A-7: All Nippon Airlines (ANA) has unveiled a new ‘Star Wars’ livery on its latest Boeing 787-9 that marks the start of a 5-year tie-up with The Walt Disney Company (Japan).
See video "ANA-787-9 STAR WARS JET R2-D2" - -
May 2015: 767-381 (32972, JA603A) converted to cargo by (SASCO), then ferried to Tokyo (NRT) with new ANA Cargo colors as a 767-381ER (BCF).
777-381 (60381, JA792A) and 787-881 (34582, JA838A), delivered to (ANA) Holdings.
June 2015: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has made Houston Intercontinental (IAH) its latest USA destination. On June 12, (ANA), the Star (SAL) Alliance carrier began daily flights on the 10,665 km sector from its base at Tokyo Narita (NRT). The route will be served by (ANA)’s 777-300ERs and will face competition from fellow Star (SAL) Alliance member, United Airlines (UAL), which also operates a daily service. (ANA) already serves Chicago O’Hare, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle-Tacoma, and Washington Dulles from its Narita hub.
News Item A-2: All Nippon Airways Holdings (ANA) has established a joint venture (JV) with several other major companies to set up a new Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) operation in Okinawa, Japan.
787-981 (34526, JA837A), delivered to (ANA) Holdings.
July 2015: News Item A-1: (ANA) Holdings reported a net profit of +¥8.3 billion/+$67 million for its fiscal 1st quarter, more than doubled from +¥3.4 billion in the year-ago period. Revenue was up +7% and operating costs rose +2.8%.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is maintaining demand levels in its domestic network, despite new challenges from the latest expansion of Japan’s high-speed rail services.
Traffic, revenue and load factor all improved in (ANA)’s domestic network for the 3 months through June 30. This was the 1st full quarter following the opening of a Shinkansen “bullet train” line from Tokyo to the Hokuriku region.
(ANA) says the Shinkansen expansion changed the dynamic of competition between rail and air travel in the affected markets, forcing (ANA) into counter-measures, including capacity cuts and price reductions on a few routes.
Overall, (ANA) grew its domestic network revenue +2.7% in the quarter. Traffic rose +0.7% despite a -2.5% capacity reduction, and domestic load factor increased +2% points to 61.2% LF.
In contrast, (ANA) has continued to grow its international network. With the increases in capacity, (ANA) has seen an improvement in demand in this segment as well.
International traffic rose +8.5% in the June quarter, on a capacity increase of +2.7%. Load factor was up +3.9 points to 73% LF, while revenue increased +9.2%. Additions during the quarter included a new Tokyo Narita to Houston route, and a frequency increase on Narita to Singapore. In general, (ANA) is focusing its international growth on Narita this year, after concentrating on Haneda last year.
The cargo operation did not fare as well as passenger segments. Revenue declined -5.4% for domestic cargo and -1.6% in international cargo. Volume was down for both, with a stagnant international cargo market causing domestic tonnage to drop as well. Domestic cargo was also affected by a decrease in the supply of fresh produce due to typhoons.
News Item A-2: All Nippon Airways (ANA) plans to launch daily flights between Tokyo Haneda and Sydney from December 11, subject to government approval.
Japan Airlines (JAL) and Qantas (QAN) currently operate flights between Tokyo Narita and Sydney, but (QAN) plans to switch its Sydney to Tokyo service to Haneda from August 1. The (ANA) flights will be operated with a Boeing 787-9 configured with 146Y economy-class seats, 21PY premium economy seats and 48C lie-flat business-class seats. (QAN) will operate a Boeing 747-400 on the route.
(ANA) said, “Flights to Sydney will depart Haneda late at night and return flights will arrive at Haneda early in the morning, allowing passengers the opportunity to transit to a number of Japanese destinations by midday.”
(ANA) said the new route is part of its strategy to increase revenue from international flying by +50% over the next 10 years.
News Item A-3: (ANA) will start daily, Tokyo (NRT) to Brussels Boeing 787-8 service on October 25.
News Item A-4: Boeing (TBC) and the Japanese aviation industry stakeholders have charted a course to develop sustainable aviation bio-fuel for flights during the 2020 Olympic & Para-Olympic Games in Tokyo, when millions of people are expected to visit Japan. The Initiatives for Next Generation Aviation Fuels (INAF) (a consortium of 46 organizations including Boeing (TBC), All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JSA), Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), Japan's government, and the University of Tokyo) laid out a 5-year road map to develop bio-fuel by 2020 as a way to reduce aviation’s environmental footprint. Using sustainably produced bio-fuel reduces life cycle carbon dioxide emissions by -50% to -80% compared to conventional petroleum fuel, according to the USA Department of Energy.
News Item A-5: All Nippon Airways (ANA) introduced “(ANA) Baggage Drop Services,” Japan’s first self-service baggage drop system, available for domestic departures from (ANA)’s hub at Haneda Airport’s Terminal 2 from July 1, 2015.
News Item A-6: "(ANA) Launches International-to-International Baggage-through Program at Houston Gateway"
Passengers no longer need to pick up luggage when connecting to/from any United Airlines (UAL) international flights.
On June 12, 2015, (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, began flying non-stop between Tokyo and Houston, the gateway to Central and South America. On July 22, 2015, (ANA) became the 1st foreign carrier granted acceptance into the USA Customs & Border Protection’s International-to-International Baggage-through Program (I-to-I Program) for connections to and from any United Airlines (UAL)’s international routes at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
The "I-to-I" Program means greater convenience for (ANA) passengers transiting through Houston between Central/South America and Japan. For example, a passenger flying (UAL) from Mexico City to Tokyo via Houston can now connect to their (ANA) flight in Houston without having to re-check their luggage as previously required.
The George Bush Intercontinental Airport is a hub of (ANA) joint venture (JV) partner (UAL), which has an extensive network of international routes in Central and South America.
(ANA) will launch the winter flight schedule (beginning October 25, 2015) for Houston that expands the number of Mexican code share routes with (UAL) of which passengers can connect in 2 hours* from 2 cities to 7; they are Mexico City, Leon, Cancun, Aguascalientes, Monterrey, Queretaro, and Guadalajara. With the (I-to-I) Program and the new winter timetable, it will now be possible to connect between (ANA) and (UAL) flights even more smoothly.
* Exceptions may apply. For more information, please visit the (ANA) or (UAL) websites.
787-8 (34518, JA840A), Charleston #75 and 787-9 (34534, JA871A), Charleston # 74.
August 2015: News Item A-1: Skymark Airlines (SKM) creditors have approved a rehabilitation plan that will see All Nippon Airways (ANA) take a minority stake in (SKM), rejecting a rival plan that included Delta Air Lines (DAL).
News Item A-2: Boeing (TBC) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced that they will partner to provide Boeing 787 "GoldCare" customers with an airline’s perspective on the entry into service (EIS) process.
News Item A-3: (TRAX) Maintenance & Engineering solution has been selected by All Nippon Airways (ANA) to manage its new Maintenance Repair & overhaul (MRO) venture, (MRO) Japan. (TRAX) will work to integrate the solution with (MRO) Japan to allow it efficiently track all work and provide management with real-time analytics.
News Item A-4: "Top 10 Premium Economy Class 2015" by AIRWAYS publication placed All Nippon Airways (ANA) in 9th place - - see attached "ANA-2015-08 - Top 10 Premium Economy Class 2015."
September 2015: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways (ANA) on September 1st launched a new long-haul service from its Tokyo Narita (NRT) hub. The Star (SAL) Alliance carrier now serves the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur (KUL) with daily flights using its 787-8s. The 5,406 km route is already served by AirAsia X (ASX) (daily flights), Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JSA) (daily flights) and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) (10x-weekly flights).
(ANA) now serves 31 international destinations in 14 countries non-stop from Tokyo Narita, as well as 17 international destinations in 14 countries from Tokyo Haneda. Between the 2 Tokyo airports (ANA) serves 39 different international destinations in 17 countries, as some destinations (Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Jakarta, Los Angeles, Manila, Paris (CDG) and Singapore) are served from both airports.
News Item A-2: All Nippon Airways (ANA) rolled out its Star Wars R2-D2 Boeing 787-9 airplane from the Boeing Everett Factory on September 14. The "R2-D2" (ANA) 787-9 jet is the 1st of 3 airplanes to be decorated with Star Wars characters as part of an agreement between (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, and The Walt Disney Company (Japan).
See - - "(ATW) Photo Gallery -(ANA) Star Wars' R2-D2 Themed 787-9"
by (ATW) Linda Blachly, September 14, 2015.
Photos A, B, F, & G show the 787-9 being rolled out from the Boeing Everett Factory. The R2-D2 (ANA) 787-9 is the 1st of 3 airplanes to be decorated with Star Wars characters as part of an agreement between (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, and The Walt Disney Conpany (Japan). 2 additional planes decorated with BB-8, a brand new character from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and R2-D2 will take to the skies following the R2-D2 ANA jet. The 1st, a Boeing 767-300, will begin flying domestic Japanese routes in November and then, in March 2016, a 777-300ER, is scheduled to start serving international routes principally between Japan and North America (the exact routes have yet to be announced). Fans will be able to see the planes’ schedules at www.ana-sw.com.
The "R2-D2" motif is imprinted onto the cockpit and front half of the jet’s main fuselage, while the Star Wars logo spans the length behind the wings. The interior of the 215-seat passenger plane will feature themed in-flight decorations, such as headrest covers, paper napkins and cups (see photo 5).
Passengers will be able to enjoy all 6 of the currently released Star Wars films as part of (ANA)’s extensive in-flight entertainment options. This will be the 1st time that any of the Star Wars movies have been included as part of an in-flight entertainment system.
Photos: - - "(ANA) - 2015-09 - (ANA) R2-D2 787-9-A/B/C/D/E/F.jpg."
October 2015: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways (ANA) reported a net profit of +¥53.9 billion/+$447.8 million for the half-year to September 30, a +50% increase from the same period a year earlier.
News Item A-2: (ANA) and Avianca (AVI) began code share services October 25. Passengers can book flights with (ANA)’s flight code between Japan via the USA or UK to Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. (ANA) increased daily, Tokyo (HND) to Shanghai service to 2x-daily, October 25. A 3rd daily will be added February 1, 2016.
(ANA) has expanded its European network with the addition of a new daily service to Brussels (BRU) from its Tokyo Narita (NRT) hub. The 9,455 km route will be operated by (ANA)’s 787-8s and faces no direct competition. (ANA) now serves 6destinations in Europe, the others being Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Munich, and Paris (CDG). The start of the winter season also saw (ANA) launch daily flights from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Guangzhou (CAN) and Shanghai Pudong (PVG) to complement its existing services from Tokyo Narita.
Routes as follows:
Tokyo (HND) to Guangzhou (CAN) 767-300, 7x-weekly, vs China Southern (GUN) 14x-, Japan Airlines (JAL) 7x-; to Shanghai (PVG), 7x-, vs China Eastern (CEA) 14x-, (JAL) 7x-, Spring Airlines (CQH) 4x-, Juneyao Airlines (JYA) 3x-, Shanghai Airlines (SHA) 3x-;
Tokyo (NRT) to Brussels (BRU) 787-8, 7x-.
News Item A-3: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has added 3 new code share partners: Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA), Germanwings (RFG), and Eurowings (EWG) to further boost its European network.
December 2015: News Item A-1: Discussions between All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Virgin Australia (VOZ) could lead to a new code share agreement covering domestic Australian routes.
(ANA) started daily service to Sydney on December 11, and is looking for a code share partner in this market. (ANA) already has an interline agreement that allows it to feed passengers to (VOZ) domestic flights, but (ANA) apparently wants a stronger relationship than interlining provides.
Virgin Australia (VOZ) is believed to be amenable to such an arrangement, though no deal has yet been reached. (VOZ) is not looking to put its code on (ANA)’s flights from Sydney to Tokyo, since the Japanese market is already covered under its partnership with Singapore Airlines (SIA).
(ANA) has extended its existing code share relationship with Air New Zealand (ANZ) to include its new Australia flight. In this case, the agreement is reciprocal, as (ANA) puts its code on (ANZ)’s Tokyo flight.
Meanwhile, (ANA) executives have said they may consider adding more Australian routes, with Melbourne and Perth the next most-likely destinations. However, (ANA) stresses that it has no firm plans yet, and it is focused on ensuring the Sydney route is successful. Other destinations will only come into consideration, once the 1st route is well established.
Early signs are certainly promising. 1st flights were full in both directions, and they have 90% booked load factors through the rest of December. About 60% of ticket sales on the route for December and January have originated in Japan, (ANA) said.
(ANA) begins daily, Tokyo (NRT) TO Wuhan service on April 28.
News Item A-2: "(MRJ)’s First Delivery to (ANA) Delayed by Another Year" by (ATW) Alan Dron, December 24, 2015.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced another major delay to the service introduction of its Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ).
At a December 24 press conference in Nagoya, Japan, Mitsubishi Aircraft and its largest stakeholder, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, said first delivery to launch customer, All Nippon Airways (ANA) would move from the 2017 2nd quarter to “approximately 1 year later.”
This is the 3rd major delay of 1st delivery. The original program schedule called for 1st flight in the 2nd quarter of 2012 and 1st delivery in the 1st quarter of 2014. 1st flight, delayed multiple times, actually occurred only last month.
As recently as last month, Mitsubishi Aircraft President, Hiromichi Morimoto said 1st delivery to (ANA) was on track for the 2017 2nd quarter. (ANA) called the latest delay “disappointing,” but added that it remains “confident of the benefits the (MRJ) will bring to the (ANA) fleet.”
“The 1st flight and the subsequent flight tests have confirmed the basic characteristics to be satisfactory,” Mitsubishi Aircraft said in a December 24 statement. “However, we also have recognized several issues as we attempt to accelerate our development. In order to tackle these issues we have reviewed and revised our overall schedule.”
The precise nature of the issues was not revealed. However, as a result of static tests, strengthening of the airframe and upgrading, the airplane’s software are already underway.
“Specifically, in the progress of our engineering work, together with experts in the USA, we have made additions to and revisions of test items in order to complete a better-integrated airplane,” Mitsubishi Aircraft said. “These have been reflected in the new delivery schedule. In addition, we have undertaken an overall review with our partners, and reflected this in our development schedule.”
A diagram released at the press conference showed considerably extended flight-test periods in both Japan and the USA, where 4 of the 5 flight test airplanes are slated to move after initial flying in Japan. All 5 flight test aircraft are MRJ90s. Testing in the USA, initially slated to start in the 2016 2nd quarter, has now been delayed until roughly the end of 2016.
“Looking ahead, we will be managing our milestones, and increasing the precision of our schedule as we progress,” Mitsubishi Aircraft said. “We will also carry out the flight test campaign in North America as soon as feasible and assign the roles and responsibilities of the three engineering bases (Mitsubishi Aircraft Headquarters, Seattle Engineering Center, and Moses-Lake [Washington state] Test Center) for prompt execution in all fields. We remain firmly committed to providing our customers with better-integrated aircraft with higher levels of safety and reliability, as well as high-quality services.”
January 2016: News Item A-1: "(ANA) Holdings Posts $609 Million 9 Million Net Profit" by (ATW) Mark Nensel, January 29, 2016.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) parent, (ANA) Holdings posted +¥73.3 billion/+$608.5 million in net profit for the 9-month period to December 31, 2015, up +40% year-over-year (YOY).
In its earnings report, (ANA) Holdings tempered its results with an acknowledgment of “some concern about the future in regard to risk of downward pressure on the Japanese economy due to the recession in China and other emerging countries in Asia.”
But (ANA) also noted the Japanese economy continued growing over the 9-month period and “overall consumer spending has been steady the employment environment continues to improve and Japan is expected to be headed toward a moderate recovery.”
(ANA) credited its growth during the period primarily to revenue from its Air Transportation sector (aka All Nippon Airways (ANA)) which had 9-month operating revenue of ¥1,184.2 billion, up +5.3% (YOY), and its trade and retail sector (¥108.4 billion in operating revenue, up +14.2% (YOY)).
For (ANA), growth largely came from international passenger revenue, which during the nine-month period grew +10.5% (YOY) and generated ¥391.3 billion. Domestic passenger revenue for the period was ¥528.9 billion, up +1.1% (YOY). (ANA)’s cargo operations did not fare as well during the period, however. Domestic cargo revenue fell -3.1% (YOY) to ¥24.4 billion and (ANA)’s international cargo revenue was down -5.8% (YOY) to ¥88.3 billion.
“Although there was a decrease in demand on certain routes from Japan due to the impact of the terrorist attacks in Paris, international passenger service surpassed levels from the same period of the previous year due to solid business travel demand on European and North American routes,” (ANA) said.
“Cargo volume and revenues both fell short due to sluggish growth in demand for cargo to and from Japan and overseas both due to the impact of the weak yen,” (ANA) said.
(ANA) Holding’s 9 Million operating revenue as of December 31, 2015, came to ¥1,369 billion, up +5.5% (YOY). Its operating expense for the period was ¥1,012.6 billion, up +1.4% (YOY). The group’s reported 9 Million operating income was ¥116.8 billion, up +30.8% (YOY).
For (ANA) Holding’s Air Transportation secto.r (ANA) 3rd-quarter operating revenue was ¥396.2 billion, up +3.7% (YOY), and its operating income was ¥37.5 billion, up +42% (YOY). For the consolidated (ANA) Holdings group, 3rd-quarter operating revenue was ¥457.8 billion, up +3.5% (YOY); operating expenses were ¥342.3 billion, up +0.4% (YOY); operating income was ¥30 billion, down -4.4% (YOY); and 3rd-quarter net income was +¥19.4 billion, up +16.7% (YOY).
Additionally, on January 29 (ANA) Holdings announced it has changed its forecast for the group’s consolidated full fiscal year net profit through March 2016 to +¥65 billion, up +25% from the +¥52 billion the company originally announced in April 2015. (ANA) is projecting its ‘ordinary’ income will grow to about ¥20 billion, due to the increase in operating income from strong international passenger revenue, plus revenue from the sale or disposal of aircraft and parts, among other factors. The growth in net income comes “as a result of the adjustments to extraordinary gains/losses and tax expenses.”
As noted, however, (ANA) Holdings is already showing a net profit of +¥73.3 billion for its 2015 fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.
News Item A-2: "(ANA) Confirms Order for 3 A380s" January 29, 2016.
(ANA) Holdings has confirmed it will purchase 3 Airbus A380s, powered by Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 900) engines, in a deal worth >$1 billion.
Earlier this month, (ANA) said it could not confirm a deal for the 3 aircraft, which are believed to be 3 A380s repossessed from low-cost carrier (LCC) Skymark Airlines (SKM) following the latter's payment default and bankruptcy.
Confirming the new order, (ANA), which will be the 1st Japanese airline to operate the type, said it will take delivery of the aircraft from 2019. The (ANA) A380s will be fitted with a 4-class, 544-passenger cabin configuration.
As part of a turnaround plan for Skymark (SKM), negotiated in April 2015, (ANA) took a 16.5% stake in the company. Reports surfaced at the time that the three A380s could have been part of the deal.
Airbus (EDS) (CEO), Fabrice Brégier said the aircraft would help (ANA) "overcome capacity constraints at Tokyo’s busy airports" and act as part of its new business strategy.
(ANA) said the aircraft could enable nonstop Tokyo to USA services and could also be deployed to destinations across Europe.
News Item A-3: "(ANA) to Take 8.8% stake in Vietnam Airlines (VIE)" by (ATW) Victoria Moores, January 12, 2016.
Star (SAL) Alliance-linked (ANA) Holdings has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire an 8.8% strategic investment in SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member, Vietnam Airlines (VIE), valued at VND2.4 billion/$107 million.
The planned “business and capital partnership” between the 2 airlines, which remains subject to finalization and regulatory approvals, was announced to the London Stock Exchange on January 12. “Asia is a key growth market for the (ANA) Group as it expands its international footprint and (VIE) makes the ideal partner for us,” (ANA) Holdings President & (CEO) Shinya Katanozaka said.
(ANA) operates 14 weekly flights on 2 routes between Japan and Vietnam, while Vietnam Airlines (VIE) operates 66 weekly flights on 10 routes between the 2 countries. Working together, the 2 airlines plan to tap increasing demand, particularly in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
“The cooperation with the (ANA) Group will help (VIE) acquire new management technologies, expand the market, improve service quality, increase competitiveness on international markets. I strongly believe this comprehensive cooperation will enhance the value, brand and image of (VIE),” Vietnam Airlines (VIE) Chairman Pham Viet Thanh said.
An (ANA) Group representative will take a seat on (VIE)’s board seat and the Japanese carrier will advise its new partner on operational and management issues.
Vietnam Airlines (VIE) operates a fleet of 87 Airbus A321s, A330s, A350-900s, Boeing 787s and 777s across its network of 29 international and 21 domestic destinations. In 2015, it generated VND69.3 trillion in revenue and employed 6,900 staff.
The (ANA) Group is parent to full service airline (ANA) and low-cost carrier Vanilla Air (VNL). It is larger than (VIE), operating a fleet of 246 aircraft across 81 international and 112 domestic routes. In 2014, (ANA)’s revenues totaled ¥1,713.4 billion and it employed 33,000 staff at group level.
News Item A-4: Boeing (TBC) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) celebrated (ANA)’s 100,000th revenue flight with the 787 Dreamliner during a gate ceremony at Sea-Tac International Airport. (ANA) has become the 1st airline in the world to reach 100,000 787 flights.
News Item A-5: (ANA) launched new Wi-Fi services for passengers on domestic routes on January 25. (ANA) will also provide free of charge (ANA) SKY LIVE TV, a new suite of entertainment content to watch TV in real time.
(ANA) has partnered with Panasonic Avionics to launch (ANA) SKY Live TV and broadband Internet services on domestic aircraft that fly routes across Japan. Passengers flying (ANA) will be able to watch several live programs, including Japanese sports and news. In addition to exclusive live television, (ANA)’s new experience also offers high-speed connectivity. Passengers will be able to use their Personal Electronic Devices (PED) to access email, use social media networks, and browse the Internet, as well as access content that can be wirelessly streamed to mobile devices.
February 2016: "Incident: (ANA) 777-300 at Osaka on February 8, 2016, White Smoke in Cabin" by Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald, February 8, 2016.
An (ANA) All Nippon Airways Boeing 777-300 (registration JA755A) performing flight NH-771 from Osaka Itami to Sapporo (Japan) with 458 people on board, was cimbing out of Osaka's Itami Airport, when white smoke developed in the cabin prompting the flight crew (FC) to return to Osaka's Itami Airport for a safe landing.
A replacement Boeing 777-300 (registration JA752A) reached Sapporo with a delay of 3 hours.
(ANA) stated there was no smoke, however, large amounts of mist from the insulation of the airplane entering the cabin through the air conditioning.
Passengers reported there was white smoke or mist as well as the smell of burning rubber developing in the cabin.
March 2016: All Nippon Airways (ANA) and delivery service, Yamato Transport Company have announced Japan’s 1st-ever, same day baggage delivery service between 2 cities. The service leverages the 2 companies’ networks to allow international visitors to Japan to send their baggage same day between 4 designated hotels in the Tokyo region and the Osaka/Kyoto region for 2,000 yen per piece. The service began March 23, and based on customer feedback and data during the trial period, the companies will expand the service and coverage areas later this year.
May 2016: News Item A-1: Japanese full-service carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) will introduce two new services to help avoid language barriers and ensure rapid emergency medical attention on flights.
(ANA) is to equip its cabin staff (and some ground crew) with a specially developed tablet dubbed the "(ANA) Communication Board." The tablet, to be introduced from June 2016, uses smart technology to translate languages and offer pictograms for those with communication difficulties.
The units will be able to “listen” and translate up to 17 languages to “support smoother communications with passengers of multiple nationalities, as well as with those who require special attention,” (ANA) said.
(ANA) also intends to use the devices to help communicate if passengers are taken sick. Initially, it will support Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean, but will be upgraded later in 2016 to include Thai, Malay, Hindu, German, French, and Spanish, plus seven other languages.
(ANA) is also introducing a medical passenger register from September 2016 for licensed medical practitioners presently enrolled in (ANA)’s Mileage Club.
(ANA) said this would allow cabin crew to immediately locate a doctor if there is a medical emergency mid-flight, and would obviate the need for an announcement asking if there are any doctors on board.
Additionally, any injury or damage claims by passengers attended by a “Doctor On Board” registered practitioner (except for willful or gross negligence) would be handled by (ANA).
(ANA) also plans a register of medical supplies available on aircraft to help doctors and sick passengers confirm treatments in advance.
News Item A-2: 787-8 (34501, JA878A) and 777-281 (27029, JA8199) deliveries.
June 2016: News Item A-1: "ANA Takes $109 million Stake in Vietnam Airlines" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, June 2016.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has finalized its agreement to take an 8.8% stake in Vietnamese flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VIE), worth VND2.43 trillion/$109 million. (ANA) will also take one seat on the board of (VIE).
The agreement, to be concluded in July 2016, follows an (MOU) signed earlier in 2016 that outlined an increase in code share and other joint operational issues between the two carriers.
(ANA) said the agreement was part of its mid-term business strategy to strategically expand and invest in high-growth areas, particularly in Asian airline-related businesses.
(ANA) (CEO) Shinya Katanozaka said the move would help “contribute to the further promotion of economic, cultural and personal ties between Japan and other Asian states” as well as boosting the potential growth for both airlines.
The 2 airlines will begin code sharing on selected flights from October 2016, and will at the same time launch a new joint frequent flyer program for travelers on both carriers’ aircraft.
(ANA) said the code share facility would include 30 domestic routes within Japan and Vietnam as well as 10 international routes between the two countries.
The carriers will also collaborate on ground operations such as passenger check-in, cargo loading, ground handling, catering, and Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) in both Vietnam and Japan.
(VIE) (CEO), Pham Ngoc Minh said the agreement was a key move in Vietnam Airlines (VIE)’s drive to improve and increase competitiveness on international markets. He said the agreement would also, through exchange of industry know-how, “help expand the market, improve service quality and achieve higher efficiency.”
(VIE) currently operates an 89-aircraft fleet to 29 international and 21 domestic destinations. (ANA) has some 250 aircraft flying to 90 destinations and carries almost 47 million passengers a year.
News Item A-2: 767-381 (27944, JA602A) flew its last revenue flight for All Nippon (ANA) on May 31st prior to being ferried Singapore (QPG) to Tokyo (HND) for lease to Air Do (HIA).
August 2016: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways (ANA) reported a net profit of +¥6.6 billion/+$65.2 million in the fiscal 1st quarter, down -20%, mainly because of earthquakes in southern Japan and concerns about terrorist attacks in Europe.
(ANA) saw its revenue decline -2.3% in (1Q) (FY) 2016, a reversal of recent growth trends. (ANA)’s main competitor Japan Airlines (JAL) also reported weaker results for the quarter, with a net profit drop of -55%, citing the same factors. However, like (JAL), (ANA) is not changing its profit guidance for the full fiscal year.
A series of earthquakes and aftershocks near Kumamoto in April resulted in many canceled flights and lower demand on some routes, affecting (ANA)’s domestic results. Domestic passenger numbers and revenue both dropped -1.2% year-on-year.
On the international side, the European terrorist incidents contributed to weaker demand for Japanese leisure travel to the region. However, this effect was offset by strong business travel demand in many international markets, and the continuation of good demand for inbound travel to Japan.
International revenue was up +3.3%, with passenger numbers increasing +11.6% because of (ANA)’s rapid international expansion. Capacity and traffic were both up +16% for the international operation.
(ANA) expects its overall revenue to climb +18.9% for the full fiscal year through March 2017. (ANA) projects a net profit of +¥80 billion, up from +¥78.1 billion in the previous year.
(ANA) ordered 3 Bombardier (BMB) Q400s at this year’s Farnborough Airshow, which will be delivered in its 2017 fiscal year. (ANA)’s regional subsidiary, (ANA) Wings will likely operate the aircraft. (ANA) said the 3 Bombardier (BMB) aircraft are “needed for growth and expansion [from] a long-term viewpoint.”
August 2016: News Item A-1: On August 17, All Nippon Airways (ANA) received its 50th 787 (a 787-9 (43872, JA882A). (ANA) is the launch customer for the 787. Boeing has now delivered 447 787 Dreamliners to 39 airlines.
The airplane's fuel efficiency (+20% better than the 767 it replaced) is today saving (ANA) about $98 million per year. The 787 plays a vital role in (ANA)'s plans to expand its international network. The economics of the midsize long range jet have allowed (ANA) to open up long-haul routes not only to giant hubs like New York and Los Angeles, but also to mid-size cities.
Hence its nonstop flights from Tokyo to Dusseldorf, Germany, and Brussels, Belgium, as well as Seattle, Washington and San Jose, California. Without the 787 Dreamliner, Seattle and San Jose (ANA) non-stops would not be possible.
As of July, >108 million passengers have flown on >569,000 flights. (ANA) now flies the 787 on 40% of its international routes, and it plans to open more routes to previously unserved destinations. Next month it will introduce the 787 between Tokyo and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Next February, it will fly the 787 nonstop between Tokyo and Mexico City, which on the northbound leg takes >14 hours. (ANA) sees this route as "a 1st very important step" to expanding connections to Central and South America.
At this August 17 787 delivery ceremony, Boeing's Ihssane Mounir, Senior VP Sales, NE Asia said that despite the general softness in demand, it is China that remains a bright spot which offers hope of buoyant future sales. "China will continue to drive the demand" he said. "I'm not seeing any signs of weakness whatsoever."
(ANA) has +33 more 787 Dreamliners on order, including 3 of the largest model, the 787-10, which is scheduled to enter service in 2018. (ANA) anticipates +40% growth in revenue from its international routes during the next 4 years, in an expansion leading up to and preparing for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
The 787-9 delivered to (ANA) on Wednesday is the 787-9 that Boeing test pilots flew last month in the daily aerial displays at the Farnborough Air Show in England.
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777-281 (27027, JA8197) was withdrawn from use (WFU) and sent to Mojave for parting out and sale to (AMP)s.
News Item A-2: "(ANA) Operations Disrupted by 787 Engine Checks" by
(ATW) Victoria Moores, email@example.com August 26, 2016.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has cancelled and delayed some flights to perform engine checks on its Rolls-Royce (RRC) powered Boeing 787s, following an engine incident. An (ANA) 787, operating as flight 241, departed Tokyo Haneda Airport for Fukuoka, Japan, on August 25 but (ANA) said that the 787 had to return to Tokyo because of an engine failure. (ANA) said further details of the incident will be released, once the investigation has been completed.
“(ANA) has decided to conduct inspection and maintenance work on the engines of a limited number of Boeing 787s. Due to this maintenance work, some flights on (ANA)’s domestic routes will be canceled or delayed on and after August 26. Flights on international routes will not be affected,” (ANA) said.
So far, (ANA) has canceled 18 sectors (9 on August 26; 3 on August. 27; 4 on August 28; and 2 on August 31). It has also delayed 4 flights by >20 minutes (2 on August 27 and 2 on August 31).
Boeing (TBC) and (RRC) said they were aware of the situation and are working with (ANA) to resolve the issue and to minimize disruption.
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November 2016: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways (ANA) and (LOT) Polish Airlines have expanded their code share to cover some domestic services operated by (ANA). The wider agreement between the 2 Star (SAL) Alliance carriers will take effect on December 1.
"As a result of this new code share arrangement, passengers will be able to fly using (LOT) flight numbers between destinations in Europe in addition to Warsaw, Poland and various regions of Japan, including Sapporo, Sendai and Fukuoka," the partners said.
Under their current code share, (ANA) places its code on (LOT)'s services from Warsaw to Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Munich and Paris Charles de Gaulle.
News Item A-2: All Nippon Airways (ANA) will launch daily, direct flights between Tokyo Narita and Mexico City from February 15, 2017. The new service, (ANA)’s longest route, will be operated using a Boeing 787-8, configured with 46C business and 123Y economy class seats. Mexico City will become (ANA)’s 42nd international destination. Mexico has signed free-trade agreements with >40 countries around the world including Japan and the USA, and is increasingly gaining attention as an attractive manufacturing and export hub. Economic cooperation between Japan and Mexico is expected to expand further.
(ANA) President & (CEO) Osamu Shinobe said the direct, daily flights between Japan and Mexico will “better serve the growing business and leisure demand between our 2 countries. We hope our flight will also contribute to a closer bilateral relationship, economic prosperity and cultural exchange,” he said.
News Item A-3: "Incident: (ANA) B788 Near Osaka on November 20, Engine Oil Problem" by Simon Hradecky, "The Aviation Herald" November 20, 2016.
An (ANA) All Nippon Airways Boeing 787-881 (TRENT 1000-A) (34502, JA811A) performing flight NH763 from Osaka Itami to Okinawa (Japan) with 314 people on board, was enroute at FL400 about 220nm SW of Osaka Itami Airport about 35 minutes into the flight, when the flight crew (FC) detected a decreasing oil quantity indication for the left hand engine and decided to return to Osaka. The 787 landed safely on Itami's runway 32L about 80 minutes after departure. Attending emergency services did not find any trace of an oil leak.
A replacement Boeing 777-281 (JA742A) reached Okinawa with a delay of 5:50 hours.
Japan's Ministry of Transport reported about 40 minutes into the flight a left hand engine oil system failure warning light came on prompting the flight crew (FC) to return to Osaka. (ANA) reported the (FC) observed a decreasing oil quantity indication, but a post flight examination did not find an oil leak. The cause of the occurrence is under investigation.
The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Osaka 18 hours after landing back.
December 2016: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has taken delivery of its 1st Airbus A320neo (7401, JA211A), which it plans to place into regular revenue service in mid-January. (ANA) ordered 7 A320neos powered by Pratt & Whitney (PRW) (PW1100G) geared turbofan (GTF) engines in 2014. It also has 26 A321neos on order.
Airbus (EDS) handed the A320neo over to (ANA) in Hamburg on December 15. (ANA) said it will use the aircraft on international short-haul routes, such as flights between Japan and China, starting next month. It noted that it could use the aircraft on an ad hoc basis on some domestic flights over the next month before deploying it internationally.
(ANA)’s A320neo is configured with 146 seats, including 8C in business class. (ANA) will be the 1st Japanese operator of the type. Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC) Peach Aviation (PCA) has ordered 10 A320neos.
787-9 (34500, JA890A), (ANA) Holdings leased.
January 2017: News Item A-1: (ANA) Holdings reported a net profit of +¥86.6 billion/+$741.5 million for the 1st 9 months of its 2016 fiscal year, up +18% from ¥73.3 billion in net profit for the comparable period in 2015. (ANA)’s fiscal year ends March 31, 2017.
Revenue for the 9-month period was down -2.7% year-over-year (YOY) to ¥1.3 trillion/$11.4 billion, but was mitigated by a -4.1% decline in operating expenses (¥1.2 trillion). (ANA)’s operating income was ¥130.2 billion, up +11.5% from ¥116.8 billion in 2015.
Domestic revenue was down -1.7% to ¥520.1 billion, as several natural disaster and weather events (Kyushu region earthquakes in April, an October typhoon, heavy snow in December) initially suppressed demand. (ANA) responded by selling flexible discount fares, a tactic that ultimately boosted domestic passenger traffic by +0.8% for the period. Domestic capacity was down -0.5% for the period and the domestic passenger load factor (PLF) was 65.8% LF, up +0.9 point (YOY).
For international passenger service, (ANA)’s revenue was down -0.7% to ¥388.4 billion, attributable, (ANA) said, to the appreciation of the yen that resulted in a decline in yen conversion amounts; a decrease in fuel surcharge income was also a factor. Nonetheless, international passenger traffic increased +11.9% over the 9-month period, and capacity was up +10.7%, driving up the international (PLF) by +0.8 point (YOY) to 75.6% LF. (ANA) attributed the passenger traffic growth to “solid demand from inbound travelers and business travelers out of Japan.” Over the 9-month period, (ANA) has opened up new international routes to Wuhan, China, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, New York, and Chicago and also increased frequencies to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
For cargo, (ANA) reported that even though the company “benefited from the healthy market for home parcel delivery services, the overall market for air cargo-based service remained stagnant.” Domestic cargo revenues were down -3.2% (YOY) for the period to ¥23.6 billion.
(ANA)’s international cargo freight revenue traffic increased +17.4% (YOY) to 3.1 billion (FTK)s. But international air freight revenue fell -23.6% to ¥67.5 billion, attributable, (ANA) said, to “a reduction in income from cargo departing overseas airports affected by the impact of the stronger yen and the abolition of sales commission for cargo sales agents.”
For the 3-months ending December 31, 2016, (ANA)’s operating revenue totaled ¥446.8 billion, down -2.4% from ¥457.8 billion in (ANA)’s 2015 fiscal 3rd quarter. Operating expenses for the period declined -5% to ¥406.1 billion, producing ¥40.7 billion in operating income, up +35.6% (YOY). (ANA)’s fiscal 3rd-quarter net profit was ¥29.1 billion, up +50.5% from ¥19.4 billion in net profit for the comparable period in 2015. (ANA) did not adjust its guidance for the full 2016 fiscal year through March 31, 2017. (ANA) expects revenue of ¥1.7 trillion, which if realized will be a -2.9% (YOY) decline. (ANA)’s guidance for full-year net profit remains at +¥80 billion, which will be a +2.4% increase over (ANA)’s 2015 fiscal year.
News Item A-2: All Nippon Airways (ANA) will increase Haneda to Jakarta service from 1x- to 2x-daily from August 1.
News Item A-3: All Nippon Airways (ANA) achieved strong growth of its fleet and network in 2016. The increase in airplanes was largely driven by Boeing 787-9 deliveries. The (ANA) Group reported a total fleet size of 257 airplanes as of December 28, 2016, compared to 246 airplanes on December 25, 2015. (ANA) saw a net increase of 2 destinations and 6 routes in its international network during the period, and grew its weekly international flights by 70 to 1,328.
News Item A-4: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has scheduled the inaugural flight of its newest Star Wars-themed airplane (a Boeing 777-200 featuring "C-3PO") on Tokyo Haneda to Kagoshima service on March 21.
The 777, which will continue to fly on various Japanese domestic routes, is part of the continuing (ANA) Star Wars Project.
According to (ANA), on the "C-3PO" (ANA) 777 jet, “passengers will experience the world of Star Wars with specially designed C-3PO paper cups and headrest covers and cabin attendants (CA) will wear C-3PO aprons.”
The C-3PO (ANA) jet will join (ANA)’s fleet of existing planes that have Star Wars characters as livery: the "R2-D2" (ANA) jet and "BB-8" (ANA) jet both are flying on international routes, while the new "C-3PO" (ANA) jet is assigned to Japan domestic routes.
News Item A-5: 777-281 (27028, JA8198) withdrawn from use (WFU) and ferried to San Bernardino, California. 787-9 (34500, JA890A), and A320-271neo deliveries to (ANA) Holdings. A321-211 (7493, JA114A), ex-(D-AVZK) delivery.
February 2017: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has an agreement to lease 5 new Airbus A320s from Dublin-based lessor (AWAS) (AWA) from 2018 for Japan low-cost carrier Vanilla Air (VNL).
News Item A-2: All Nippon Airways (ANA) Holdings has extended control over Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC) Peach Aviation (PCA), as it acquires a greater share of the joint venture. (ANA) Holdings has reached an agreement with the other 2 major shareholders in (PCA) to increase its holding to 67%. The share transfer is scheduled to occur April 10, if permission from relevant authorities is granted. (ANA) Holdings currently owns 38.7% of (PCA), with partners First Eastern Aviation Holdings and Innovation Network.
News Item A-3: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has appointed Executive & Board Member Yuji Hirako to succeed Osamu Shinobe as President & (CEO) from April 1. Shinobe will become Vice Chairman of (ANA) Holdings on the same date.
Hirako joined (ANA) in 1981 and has held a wide range of senior positions within (ANA). He joined the board in 2015 when he was named Executive VP Accounting.
Shinobe was appointed (ANA) President & (CEO) in April 2013. Under his leadership, (ANA) has achieved a major expansion of its international network from Haneda and Narita Airport and its international business has become Japan's biggest.
March 2017: (ANA) - All Nippon Airways, Japan’s largest airline, announced March 6 that it has selected “FLYING HONU” as the theme for its limited edition livery to be used on (ANA)’s Airbus A380, which will be introduced on the Tokyo to Honolulu service, launching in spring 2019. The new route marks (ANA)’s 1st introduction of the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner.
The Hawaiian green sea turtle “Honu” is to appear on the commemorative A380 livery, symbolizing good luck and prosperity.
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The A380’s final design was selected from among 2,197 submissions from around the world, which were received by (ANA) during an open design contest conducted from October to November, 2016. An in-house selection committee awarded the grand prize to Chihiro Masuoka of Tokyo, for his concept “Sea Turtle Family,” featuring the Hawaiian green sea turtle (a symbol of good luck and prosperity in Hawaii). Mr Masuoka was awarded a pair of round trip business class (C) tickets for (ANA)’s Tokyo to Honolulu route. In addition to the design contest’s grand prize winner, 4 runners up, including the creators of the design “Stephen+Cayden” from the state of Hawaii, will receive commemorative gifts from (ANA).
Known as “Honu” in the Hawaiian language, the green sea turtle is considered a sacred creature, and is widely loved by the people of Hawaii. (ANA) selected “FLYING HONU” as the nickname to call the special edition aircraft, with the hopes to pass on some of the happiness and luck to its passengers to Hawaii. The (ANA) Group will be supporting activities in Hawaii to protect the Hawaiian green sea turtle, which is listed by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a wild animal in danger of extinction.
(ANA) is moving forward with preparations to offer new passenger services to coincide with the introduction of the A380, and will provide updates as they become available.
April 2017: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways Holdings (ANA) reported a +¥98.8 billion/+$889 million net profit for fiscal 2016, up +26.4% from net profit of +¥78.1 billion in the previous year. (ANA) expects another strong performance in the current fiscal year, as it projects net profits to reach +¥125 billion. Group revenue for fiscal 2016 declined -1.4%, because of the effect of the appreciation of the yen on foreign sales, and reduced fuel surcharges.
News Item A-2 :Singapore-based lessor (BOC) Aviation (SIL) has placed 2 new Boeing 737-800s with Japan’s (ANA) Holdings, (SIL) said April 10.
The 2 airplanes will be delivered in the 2nd half of 2018.
“This lease placement further demonstrates the sustained demand for reliable and fuel-efficient single-aisle Boeing airplanes in the Asia Pacific region,” (BOC) Aviation Managing Director & (CEO) Robert Martin said. “We remain committed to working closely with (ANA) to support its future fleet requirements.”
(ANA) has >30 737-800s in its fleet, together with around 7 737-700s.
May 2017: An All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 787-9 made an unscheduled landing in Bratsk, Russia, after cockpit instruments warned pilots (FC) of an engine problem.
The 787-9, powered by Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 1000) engines, operated as flight NH209. It was en route from Tokyo Narita to Dusseldorf.
(ANA) said that the airplane’s left engine shut down. The flight’s captain (FC) requested emergency priority for a landing in Bratsk. The airplane landed safely with 1 engine operating.
The airplane was carrying 119 passenger and 12 crew ((FC) - (CA)), according to (ANA). According to Flightradar24.com, the airplane was in the air for about 5 hrs and 30 min before landing in Russia. There were no injuries reported.
(ANA) said it would send a replacement airplane to Bratsk.
July 2017: (ANA) will add a 3rd daily flight on Tokyo to Los Angeles Boeing 777-300ER service from October 29.
787-9 (61519, JA893A) and A320-271neo (7554, JA213A), ex-(D-AUBB) deliveries.
August 2017: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways (ANA) will open a new (ANA) Suite Lounge and a renovated (ANA) Lounge at Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport on September 13.
News Item A-2: China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC) (CHD) delivered a new Airbus A320 aircraft to Vanilla Air (VNL), a subsidiary low cost carrier (LCC) owned by (ANA) Holdings in Japan. This delivery follows the lease agreement signed between (CHD) and (ANA) in July 2016, and marks (CHD)’s foray into Japan’s aircraft leasing market.
September 2017: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has taken delivery of its 1st Airbus A321neo, becoming the launch operator of the version of the aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney (PRW) (PW1100G-JM) geared turbofan engines.
November 2017: Japan’s 2 major airlines have boosted their profit guidance for the fiscal year through March 31, in part because of strong performance on their international networks. (ANA) Holdings (ANA) is projecting a +¥132 billion/+$1.2 billion net profit for the full fiscal year. This is up by ¥7 billion from its earlier estimate, and ¥33 billion higher than its profit for the previous year.
The Japan Airlines (JAL/JSA) Group, meanwhile, forecasted a +¥121 billion net profit.
January 2018: "ANA Named (ATW) 2018 Airline of the Year"
January 16, 2018.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the Air Transport World (ATW) 2018 Airline of the Year, it was announced January 16. It is the 2nd time in 5 years that Japan's largest and only 5-Star airline has won the top honor. The "2018 Airline of the Year" award will be presented at (ATW)'s 44th Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards Ceremony on March 27 at The Mansion House in Dublin, Ireland.
The (ATW) Airline Industry Achievement Awards recognize excellence across a broad range of airline operations and are widely considered as the most coveted in the air transport industry. To win (ATW)'s Airline of the Year award, an airline must demonstrate exceptional achievements and capabilities across operations, financial performance, customer service, safety and labor relations. Its executive leadership must also clearly show innovation and strategic thinking that sets the company apart.
"With everything from its commitment to customer service to its global partnerships and superb management, (ANA) showed that it stood above its competitors,” (ATW) Editor-in-chief Karen Walker said.
(ANA), a Star (SAL) Alliance carrier, demonstrated a record of outstanding safety, performance, innovation and customer service that included new advances in customizing passengers' needs at all stages of the airport experience, including the check-in counter, lounges and at the boarding gate.
(ANA) also has expanded in North America, adding Mexico City and Tokyo routes, and a new daily flight between Los Angeles (LAX) and Narita.
(ANA) is also the 1st airline to support the "XPRIZE" foundation, it launched (ANA) Global and enhanced benefits for (ANA) Mileage Club members, and began inaugural flights of its latest Star Wars-themed airplane, C-3PO (ANA) JET, a continuing project that now has 4 Star Wars livery airplanes.
"We are honored to receive the Airline of the Year Award and to have been recognized for the dedicated efforts made at (ANA)," (ANA) Holdings Vice Chairman Yuji Hirako, said. "This has been a remarkable year for (ANA) as we continued to expand internationally, deliver the highest level of customer service and differentiate ourselves in the competitive airline industry."
Previous recent recipients of the (ATW) Airline of the Year award include American Airlines (AAL), Etihad Airways (EHD), Southwest Airlines (SWA), Delta Air Lines (DAL), Air New Zealand (ANZ) and Emirates Airline (EAD). (ANA) last won the award in 2013.
(ATW) will announce the other recipients of its 2018 Industry Achievement Awards winners later in January.
For more information about the awards, attending the award ceremony and sponsorship opportunities, visit http://award.atwonline.com.
February 2018: Japan’s (ANA) Holdings (the parent company of All Nippon Airways (ANA), Peach Aviation (PCA) and Vanilla Air (VNL)) expects profits at its 2wo low-cost carrier (LCC) affiliates to grow fastest until 2022 as the carriers continue to expand. (ANA), which published its mid-term corporate strategy for 2018 to 2022 on February 1, expects the 2 carriers to double their operating income in the next 5 years as they grow the fleet from the current 35 airplanes to 55. Peach (PCA)’s main base is at Kansai International.
March 2018: News Item A-1: "(ATW) Airline of the Year: (ANA)"
ATWOnline, March 26, 2018.
It’s easy to forget that All Nippon Airways (ANA) has been an international airline for just >30 years. In that time, (ANA) has gone from strength to strength, built an international network that includes 43 cities, and developed an outstanding reputation for safety, performance, innovation and service. For (ANA), however, the work to improve never stops. In its fiscal 2016 year, parent company (ANA) Holdings reported a record operating income of 1.46 trillion yen/$1.34 billion.
News Item A-2: "(ANA) Subsidiaries Peach, Vanilla Study Potential Merger" by Adrian Schofield, (ATW) Plus, March 19, 2018.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) (LCC)s Peach Aviation (PCA) and Vanilla Air (VNL) are reportedly holding discussions regarding a potential merger. According to local media, the negotiations are aimed at combining the 2 operations by 2020, most likely under the Peach (PCA) brand. When asked about the reports, (ANA) told (ATW)’s sister publication Aviation Daily, “At this time, we are not able to comment on any speculation or confirm any details.”
Later, however, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has confirmed it will merge its (LCC) subsidiaries Peach Aviation (PCA) and Vanilla Air (VNL), after boosting its shareholding in (PCA). The process of fully integrating the 2 (LCC)s will begin in the 2nd half of (ANA)’s 2018 fiscal year, which begins April 1. Parent company (ANA) Holdings aims to complete the merger by the end of (FY) 2019. The company was previously reported to be considering such a move. The integrated carrier will be based on (PCA), which is the larger of the 2 airlines.
April 2018: News Item A-1: "ANA Sees 46% Profit Increase on International Revenue Growth" by "Aviation Week" Adrian Schofield (firstname.lastname@example.org) April 27, 2018.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) Holdings achieved another strong profit rise in its fiscal year ended March 31, driven mainly by a sharp increase in international revenue.
The group reported a record net profit of +¥143.8 billion/+$1.3 billion for the fiscal year, up +45.6% from +¥98.8 billion in the previous year. Revenue rose +11.7% to ¥1.97 trillion, expenses were up +11.6%, and operating profit increased by +13% to ¥164.5 billion.
The result was better than the Japan’s largest carrier forecast in February. At that time, (ANA) estimated its net profit would be ¥132 billion, with a revenue projection that was slightly lower than the final total. This was a conservative estimate, which had not been adjusted from its previous update.
International revenue rose +15.6% year-on-year; capacity grew +7% and traffic was up +7.7%. This resulted in load factor increasing slightly to 76.3% LF. The improvement in the international operation was largely because of robust business travel demand originating in Japan, and strong inbound tourism.
Domestic services saw a much more modest improvement and a small reduction in capacity, reflecting long-term trends in this market. Revenue rose +1.7%, with traffic increasing +3.3% on a -1.1% capacity cut. Load factor improved +2.9 points to 68.9% LF.
Other air transport operations (including (LCC) subsidiaries Peach Aviation (PCA) and Vanilla Air (VNL)) saw a revenue increase of +36.9%. Both (LCC)s increased their fleets, with (PCA) adding 2 airplanes for a total of 20, and (VNL) lifting its total by 3 to 15.
In the cargo sector, international revenue increased +26.5%, thanks to steady growth in automotive parts and electronics shipments to North America and Europe and inbound cargo from China and other parts of Asia. Domestic cargo revenue fell -0.5%.
For the current fiscal year through March 31, 2019, (ANA) forecasts revenue will increase again to just >¥2 billion. However, net profit is expected to drop to ¥102 billion, a -¥41.8 billion decrease.
News Item A-2: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has confirmed that almost half of its fleet of 64 Boeing 787s will be affected by new restrictions imposed by regulators on certain Rolls Royce (RRC) (Trent 1000) engines. Reduced limits for Extended-range Twin-engine OPeration Standards (ETOPS) flights will apply to 31 of (ANA)’s 787s. However, (ANA) said that it “does not foresee a major impact on our schedule caused by the new extended operations."
News Item A-3: All Nippon Airways (ANA) Group is adding 25 airplanes to its fleet over the next 11 months, as it continues to take delivery of new-generation models to refresh and expand its fleet. The additional deliveries will be offset by 20 retirements during (ANA)’s current financial year, which began April 1. This means the ANA Group (including its low cost carrier (LCC) subsidiaries will grow its fleet by +5 airplanes overall during the year ending March 31, 2019.
May 2018: All Nippon Airways (ANA)’s 1st of 3 Airbus A380s has completed airframe assembly and been moved to an outdoor station where structural completion, engine installation and cockpit furnishing will be conducted.
System testing for electric power, hydraulic power, and air conditioning, will be also conducted, Airbus said May 25.
(ANA) Holdings placed a firm order for 3 A380s in 2016, becoming the 1st A380 customer in Japan. 1st delivery is scheduled early in 2019, and the aircraft initially will be operated on the Tokyo to Honolulu route.
(ANA)’s A380s will be configured with 8F first class, 56C business class, 73PY premium economy, and 383Y economy class seats. 60 of the economy seats will be “couch” capable.
August 2018: All Nippon Airways (ANA) said its results for the most recent quarter outperformed its expectations, even though its profit was significantly lower than in the previous year. (ANA) reported a net profit of +¥16.1 billion/+$143.9 million for the 3 months ended June 30, representing a year-on-year decline of -68.5%. However, (ANA) had forecast a decline and this was reflected in its plans, (CFO) Ichiro Fukuzawa said during a press briefing.
September 2018: On September 17, the 1st of 3 A380s for All Nippon Airways (ANA) took to the skies for the 1st time.
(ANA) will introduce this plane on its Tokyo to Honolulu service, which will launch in spring 2019. Each aircraft can accommodate 520 passengers in 4 classes. The cabin is specially designed to meet the passenger’s needs. Honolulu is loved by many Japanese families, couples, newlyweds, as Hawaii is known for vacations and honeymoons.
October 2018: Tokyo Century Corporation and an (ANA) Holdings subsidiary plan to take a majority stake in (GA) Telesis, the aftermarket services and engine leasing company. The stakeholder change is prompted by Global Principal Finance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America and investor in (GA) Telesis since 2007, which wanted to “harvest their investment” in a healthy market, said Abdol Moabery, (GA) Telesis’ President & (CEO).
When Global Principal Finance decreased its share from 49% to 39.2% in 2012, Tokyo Century picked up the divested share and now it plans to increase its stake to 49.2%. In addition, All Nippon (ANA) Trading Company (ANATC) will acquire a 10% interest in (GA) Telesis. Tokyo Century and (ANATC) expect to close the transactions by the end of October.
(ANATC), a multinational service and solutions provider, has done business with (GA) Telesis for 15 years. “We purchased many airplanes and spare engines from their fleet. We also have had a healthy parts trading relationship with them,” said Moabery.
The companies did not disclose their investments in dollars or yen—just percentages.
In a separate, but related agreement, Tokyo Century, (ANATC) and (GA) Gelesis agreed in principle to form a commercial aviation engine leasing joint venture (JV) focusing on current technology jet engines. The (JV) will be funded in the 4th quarter of this year and be managed by (GA) Telesis, said Moabery.
In August 2017, (GA) Telesis and Tokyo Century announced the launch of a new-technology engine leasing initiative that would complete $1 billion of engine transactions over 2 years. The engines targeted for that initiative include the General Electric (GEnx), Rolls-Royce (Trent 1000) and (XWB), Pratt & Whitney (PRW) geared turbofan and (CFM) International (LEAP) engines.
November 2018: News Item A-1: "(ANA) (1H) net Income Down -38% on Rising Costs, Natural Disasters" by (ATW) Adrian Schofield (email@example.com) November 5, 2018.
All Nippon Airways Holdings (ANA) reported a 2018 1st-half net profit of +¥73.7 billion/+$651 million, down -38% compared to net profit of +¥118.3 million in the 2017 (1H), although the prior-year profit was boosted by extraordinary income as Peach Aviation (PCA) became a consolidated subsidiary.
The 2018 (1H) (which is (ANA)’s fiscal 1st-half period ended September 30) was affected by rising costs and revenue hit by an earthquake and severe typhoons.
In this year’s 1st half, (ANA)’s operating profit was down -8.6% to +¥105.2 billion. Operating costs rose +7.2%, overshadowing a +5.4% increase in revenue. Higher costs were caused by investments in certain areas and rising fuel prices.
In the domestic passenger segment, passenger numbers and revenues dropped because of an earthquake in Hokkaido and typhoons that caused major flooding. Domestic revenue fell -0.8%, and capacity declined -2.3%. Domestic load factor rose +1.7 points to 69.8% LF.
Strong demand in the international operation helped offset the domestic decline. International passenger revenue increased +12%, thanks to healthy business demand originating in Japan, and robust inbound demand from countries such as China. International capacity rose +4.6%, and load factor was up +1.6 points to 77.4% LF.
Revenue increased +9.5% for (ANA)’s (LCC) segment, which includes Peach (PCA). (LCC) capacity was up by +2.7%, and load factor was down -0.3 points to 87.1% LF. In the cargo segment, domestic revenue declined -7.6% while international rose +17.1%.
(ANA) has left its full-year financial guidance unchanged. The company is projecting a net profit of +¥102 billion for the full year, down -29% from +¥143.8 billion in the previous year.
News Item A-2: "(ANA) to use A380s on Honolulu Routes; 1st Services Begin in May 2019" by (ATW) Adrian Schofield (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 27, 2018.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has revealed new details of its plans for its initial Airbus A380s, which will replace other aircraft types on existing Honolulu routes in stages from May 2019.
(ANA) has 3 A380s on order, which will be used on flights to Honolulu. The 1st aircraft is scheduled to debut on the route between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu on May 24. The 2nd A380 is expected to enter service on the same route on July 1.
(ANA) currently operates 2x-daily on the Tokyo Narita to Honolulu route, using Boeing 787-9s. The 1st A380 will take over 3 round trips per week, and when the 2nd aircraft arrives, the A380s will fly 10 round trips per week. The remaining 4x-weekly flights will be served by another aircraft type. (ANA) also operates a single daily flight between Tokyo Haneda Airport and Honolulu, using 787-9s.
(ANA)’s 3rd A380 is estimated to be delivered and in operation during the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2020. It will fly to Honolulu, although the route is still under consideration.
(ANA) will feature new meals and special menus for the A380 services, and for the 1st time will offer a premium economy (PY) meal that is superior to the standard economy (Y) meal. Passengers will be able to visit a drinks and snacks bar at any time during the flight.
The A380s will introduce (ANA)’s 1st class to the Hawaii routes for the 1st time, with 8F seats. They will also feature 56C business class seats, 73PY in premium economy and 383Y in economy.
(ANA) is also introducing an economy (Y) class couch product, where 3 or 4 adjacent seats can be converted to a couch by folding up leg rests. A special mattress will be provided for this product.
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0 737-281 (JT8D-17) (296-20563, /72 JA8417; 588-21770, /79 JA8456). 4 SOLD TO (WJI) 1998-09. 23141 SOLD TO (WJI) 2001-06.
0 737-4YO (CFM56-3C1) (1805-24545, /90, JA391K), EX-(FUA), (GEH) 5 YEAR LEASED 2000-05. SPECIAL SUPER DOLPHIN COLORS. RETURNED (GEH) LEASED TO (ANK) 2000-06. 168Y.
1 737-5L9 (CFM56-3C1) (2784-28083, /96 JA356K; 2817-28128, /96 JA359K; 2823-28129, /96 JA355K; 2825-28130, /96 JA358K; 2828-28131, /96 JA357K), (TOM) LEASED 2001-10. ALL 5 RETURNED, LEASED TO (ANK) 2002-05. 28083 PURCHASED OFF LEASE BY (ANA) WINGS 2013-03. 133Y.
0 737-5YO (CFM56-3B1) (2240-25189, /92 JA351K), (GEH) LEASED 2000-06, WET-LEASED TO (ANK), (2534-26097, /93, JA352K), EX-(ROS). RETURNED, LEASED TO (ANK) 2000-09. 133Y.
1 737-5YO (CFM56-3C1) (26097, JA252K), PURCHASED OFF LEASE FROM (BBAM), STILL LEASED & OPERATED BY (ANA) WINGS.
31 ORDERS 737-700/-800/-900 (CFM56-7B):
1 737-781ER BBJ (CFM56-7B) (2157-33879, /06 JA10AN, 2007-02 - SEE PHOTO), WITH WINGLETS. BUSINESS JET. 24C; 24Y; 2 X 2/ 38C.
6 737-781 (CFM56-7B) (1971-33875, /06 JA05AN 2006-06; 1992-33876, /06 JA06AN; 2370-33883, /07 JA14AN; 2513-33884, /08 JA17AN; 2582-33885, /08 JA18AN; 2488-33889, /08 JA16AN), WITH WINGLETS. 120Y.
14 737-781ER (CFM56-7B) (1850-33872, JA02A3, 2006-01; 1871-33873, JA03A3, 2006-02; 1890-33874, JA04AN, 2006-03; 33875, JA05AN; 33876, JA06AN; 2071-33900, JA07AN, 2006-10; 2086-33877, JA08AN, 2006-10; 2145-33878, JA09AN, 2007-01; 2232-33880, JA13AN, 8/07; 2301-33881, JA12AN, 6/07; 2268-33882, JA11AN, 2007-05; 2394-33888, JA15AN, 2007-10; 33901, JA01A3; 1781-33916, JA01AN, 2005-11), 33916 WET-LEASED TO (ANK) 2005-11. WITH WINGLETS. 120Y.
2 737-800 (BOC) AVIATION (SIL) LEASED, 2018-06.
19 737-800 (CFM56-7B). 167Y.
17 737-881 (CFM56-7B) (2607-33886, JA51AN, 2008-01; JA52AN, 2008-09 - - SEE PHOTO - - "ANA-737-881-2008-09;" 2739-33891, JA53AN, 2008-12; 2833-33890, JA54AN, 2009-08; 2889-33892, JA55AN, 2009-05; 2926-33893, JA56AN, 2009-06; 2975-33894, JA57AN, 2009-09; 3029-33895, JA58AN, 2009-10; 3073-33896, JA59AN, 2009-12; 3126-33897, JA60AN, 2009-12; 33898, JA61AN, 2010-08; 3414-33899, JA62AN, 2010-09; 3449-33901, JA63AN, 2010-10; 3502-33903, JA65AN, 2010-12; 33908, JA78AN; 33909, JA66AN; 33911, JA67AN; 33915, JA72AN, 2013-04; 62636, JA82AN, 2015-11), WITH WINGLETS. 167Y.
0 747SR-81 (CF6-45A2) (456-22292, /80 JA8146; 477-22293, /80 JA8147; 481-22294, /80 JA8148; 511-22594, /81 JA8152; 516-22595, /81 JA8156; 541-22709, /81 JA8157; 544-22710, /81 JA8159) (21606 TO (TLS). 23813 TO (NCA) 2001-02. 21924 SOLD TO (TLS) FOR PART OUT. 22291 SOLD TO (TBC) 2002-09. 22292 SOLD TO (TBC) 2003-07 & SCRAPPED. 22709 WFU AT GOODYEAR 2003-10, SOLD TO (TBC) 2004-07. 22293 SOLD TO (TBC) 2004-05 & BROKEN UP AT VICTORVILLE 2004-11. 22594 SOLD TO (TBC) 2004-09. 22595 SOLD TO (TBC) 2004-10 & PARTED OUT. 22294 SOLD TO (TBC) 2004-11 & PARTED OUT. 22712 TRADED IN TO (TBC) 2005-05. 22294; & 22595; TO (AFD), SOLD TO (LGC) 2006-03. 20C, 508Y.
0 747-281LR (CF6-50E2) (648-23501, /86 JA8174; 649-23502, /86 JA8175) (750-24399, JA8190 SOLD TO (NCA) 2002-04. 23501; 23502; SOLD TO (UVL) 2005-10. 24F, 88C, 214Y.
00 747-481 (CF6-80C2B1F) (979-25645, /93 JA8962; 1199-29262, /99 JA403A). 4 SOLD TO (OHK) 2007-03. 25645; SOLD 2011-01 & STORED IN XIAMEN. 25645; CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER & SOLD TO MY CARGO (ACC) 2011-10. 10F, 63C, 252Y.
0 747-481D (CF6-80C2B1F) (10650-27436, /95 JA8965; 1066-27442, /95 JA8966; 1133-28282, /97 JA401A). 24801; 24833; 24920; 25135; 28282; & 28283, SOLD TO AVION AIRCRAFT TRADING 2006-12 (4 CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER FOR (AID), 2 FOR PAX OPERATIONS FOR "TRAVEL CITY." ALL 747-481D'S WILL BE PHASED OUT BY END OF MARCH 2014. 23PY, 542Y.
0 767-281 (CF6-80A) (110-23142, /85 JA8240; 171-23434, /87 JA8255), 23433 W/O 2002-06. 23434 WET-LEASED TO (SKM) 2003-04. (DOMESTIC). 23431 WET-LEASED TO (HIA) 2003-07. 23432 RETURNED TO MARUBENI 2003-09. 23142 SOLD TO MARUBENI, TO (ABX) 2004-03. ALL WFU 2004-03. 23434 RETURNED FROM (SKM) & SOLD TO (ABX) 2004-09. 23431 RETURNED FROM (HIA) SOLD TO (ABX) 2005-07. 234Y.
7 767-300BCF's, FOR OPERATIONS BY (ANA) & (JP) EXPRESS, CONVERTED PAX TO FREIGHTER. FREIGHTER.
7 767-381 (CF6-80C2B6) (25618, JA8322; 669-27943, /97 JA601A; 551-25662, /94 JA8677), 27944; LAST REVENUE FLIGHT FOR (ANA) 2016-05 & LEASED TO AIR DO (HIA) 2016-06. 180 MINUTES (ETOPS), 11 (ETOPS). 288Y.
25 767-381ER (CF6-80C2B6F) (877-32972, JA603A, 5/02; 881-32973, /02 JA604A; 32974, JA605A; 895-32979, /02 JA610A - - SEE INCIDENT REPORT - - 2012-06; 906-33506, /04 JA612A; 924-33507, /04 JA613A; 931-33508, JA614A; 33509, JA602F; 939-33510, JA603F, 2006-02; 953-35876, JA616A, 2007-03; 955-35877, JA615A, 2007-01; 971-37719, JA617A, 2008-08; 976-37720, JA618A, 2009-04; 998-40566, JA621A, 2011-01; 40895, JA624A; 40896, JA625A, 2011-10; 40897, JA626A, 2012-01). (JA8286) LEASED TO AIR JAPAN 2001-01. (JA8357) "WOODY JET." 32972; CONVERTED TO CARGO BY (SASCO) 2015-05. 35C, 170Y.
5 +1 ORDER 767-381ERF (CF6-80C2B6F) (25619, JA8970, 2010-08; 25654, JA8323; 27339, JA8664, 2010-08; 40654, JA619A, 2010-08), CONVERTED BY (SASCO) 2010-02. FREIGHTER.
2 767-381ERF (CF6-80C2B6F) (885-33404, /02 JA601F, 2002-08; 937-33509, JA602F, 2005-11), (NCA) JOINT OPERATIONS. FREIGHTER.
2 767-381ERF (CF6-80C2B6F) (939-33510, JA603F (SEE PHOTO), 2006-02; 947-35709, JA604F, 2006-09), FREIGHTER.
9 777-281 (PW4084A) (16-27027, /95 JA8197; 27028, JA8198, 2017-01; 27029, JA8199, 2016-05; 77-27936, /97 JA701A; 523-28276, JA714A, 2005-06; 32646, JA715A; 32647, /05 JA713A; 482-33406, /04 JA711A; 495-33407, JA712A 10/04; 33414, JA716A; 33415, JA717A), 27027 (WFU) 2016-08 & SOLD FOR PARTING OUT. 27028, (WFU) 2017-01. 18C, 361Y.
12 777-281ER (PW4090) (247-27037, /99 JA707A; 278-28277, /00 JA708A; 286-28278, /00 JA709A; 302-28279, /00 JA710A; 563-32646, JA715A, 2006-05; 574-33414, JA716A, 2006-06; 580-33415, JA717A 2006-08; 40904, JA745A, 2013-06), 12F, 19C, 256Y.
7 +8 ORDERS 777-381 (PW4090) (132-28273, /98 JA753A; 172-27939, /98 JA751A; 27038, JA732A; 440-27039, /03 JA756A; 442-27040, /03 JA757A; 60381, /15 JA792A, 2015-05). 120 MINUTES (ETOPS). 18C, 459Y.
22 +39 ORDERS 777-381ER (GE90-115B) (488-28281, JA731A, 2004-10; 511-27038, JA732A, 2005-04; 529-32648, JA733A, 2005-10; 593-32650, JA777A, 2006-10; 606-32651, JA778A, 2007-01; 691-33416, JA782A, 2008-01; 237-33883, JA774AN, 2007-09; 557, JA734A, 2006-02; 571-34892, JA735A, 2006-06; 589-34893, JA736A, 2006-09; 631-34894, JA779A, 2007-04; 639-34895, JA780A, 2007-05; 37949, JA787A, 2010-06; 833-37950, JA784A, 2009-12; 855-37951, JA785A, 2010-03; 866-37948, JA786A, 2010-05; 40686, JA788A, 2010-06; 40687, JA789A, 2010-06), 8F, 77C, 24PY, 138Y.
20 ORDERS 777-9X (GE9X):
38 +18 ORDERS 787-881 (TRENT 1000-A) (8-34488, /11 JA801A; 34485, JA803A; 9-34486, /11 JA804A, 1ST FLT 2012-01; 34490, JA808A; 34493, JA814A; 34494, JA809A; 34496, JA831A, 2014-08; 24-34497, /11 JA802A; 34502, JA811A; 31-32514, /11 JA805A; 34501, JA878A, 2016-05; 34502, JA811A, 2012-07; 34503, JA874A, 2015-10; 34506, JA810A; 34507, JA816J; 34508, JA807A; 34511, JA820A, 2013-06; 34512, JA822A; 40-34515, /12 JA806A; 41-34508, /12 JA807A, 2012-01; 34518, JA840A, 2015-07; 34521, JA813A; 34582, /15 JA838A, 2015-05; 40748, JA812A; 40750, JA834A, 2014-08; 42249, JA832A, 2014-08; 97-42244, JA819A, 2018-11), 12C, 252Y - - SEE ATTACHED - - "ANA-2011-08-787 CONFIGURATION." LONG HAUL 46C, 112Y.
14 +30 ORDERS 787-981 DREAMLINER (34500, JA890A, 2016-12; 34526, JA837A, 2015-06; 370-34531, JA875A, 2015-11 - SEE PHOTO 2017-06; 34534, JA871A, 2015-07; 43872, JA882A, 2016-08; 61519, JA893A, 2017-07), 48C, 21PY, 146Y (INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS); 18C, 377Y (DOMESTIC OPERATIONS).
3 ORDERS 787-10 DREAMLINER (TO BE ONLY MANUFACTURED IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA):
6 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (138, /90 JA8381; 139. JA8382; 148, JA8383; 151, JA8384; 167, JA8385; 1973, /03 JA201A; 300, JA8391, 2012-01; 2054, /03 JA202A; 2061, /03 JA203A), 138; 139; 148; 151; & 167; TO MACAU AIR EXPRESS 2007-09. 166Y.
4 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (3099, /07 JA205A, 2007-04; 3147, /07 JA206A; 3148, /07 JA207A; 3189, /07 JA208A), (RBS) AEROSPACE LEASED. 166Y.
5 +15 ORDERS (2016-02) A320-271neo (PW1100G-JM) (JA132 - SEE PHOTO 2018-07; 7401, JA211A, 2016-12; 7554, JA213A), EX-(D-AUBB). 180 PAX:
0 A321-131 (V2530-A5) (802, /98 JA101A; 811, /98 JA102A), PAINTED WITH PHOTOS OF JAPAN SCENES (963, /99 JA103A, 2006-03; 1008, /99 JA104A; 1204, /00 JA106A; 1227, /00 JA107A), 1008; RETURNED (DEA), LEASED TO (IAW). LEASED TO AIRBLUE (ABU) 2007-02. 195Y.
4 A321-200 WITH SHARKLETS, 220 PAX:
6 +20 ORDERS A321-211neo (PW1100G-JM) (7493, JA114A, 2017-01).
0 A340-200, 36C, 227Y PAX.
0 ORDERS A340-300, 5 ORDERS CANCELED.
1 +2 ORDERS A380, (SEE PHOTO) 8F, 56C, 73PY, 383Y.
11 +6 ORDERS BOMBARDIER DASH 8-Q402 (PW150A) (4091, 2004-05; 4135, JA853A, 2006-11; 4151, JA854A, 2007-03; 4292, JA855A, 2010-02; 4335, /10 JA856A; 4362, /11 JA857A; 4401, /12 JA859A; 4445, JA842A, 2013-06), FOR (ANA) WINGS OPERATIONS. 74Y.
15/10 ORDERS (2014-02) MITSUBISHI MRJ90 (PW1217G), 92Y:
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SHINICHIRO ITO, CHAIRMAN (2015-04).
Ito took over as President in April 2009 and became President & (CEO) in 2013. He oversaw the company’s transition to a holding company in 2013. Ito introduced (ANA) as the Boeing 787 launch customer.
YUJI HIRAKO, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2017-04).
Yugi joined (ANA) in 1981 and held a wide range of senior positions before becoming President and (CEO) in April 2017.
Interview: Yuji Hirako, President & (CEO), (ANA)
by Karen Walker, ATWOnline, March 20, 2018.
KW: Congratulations on (ANA)’s Award selection and on 1 year as (CEO)! In your view, what are the 3 achievements that make you most proud of (ANA)’s employees?
YJ: By providing Japanese high-quality service “Omotenashi” [Japanese for hospitality], and a once-in-a-lifetime experience to all our passengers, we have just been awarded, for the 6th consecutive year, the highest 5-Star rating from SKYTRAX.
We have been expanding our international network. In 2016, we launched new flights from Tokyo Narita to Wuhan, Narita to Phnom Penh, and from Tokyo Haneda to Kuala Lumpur. In February 2017, we started Narita to Mexico City. We now serve 43 cities, with 85 routes, the highest number of routes since (ANA) began international service.
There is also our financial performance. (ANA) Holding’s financial results for the 9 months ended December 31, 2017, were record highs, with operating revenue up +11.9% to 1,490.8 billion yen/$14 billion, operating income up +27.4% to 165.9 billion yen, ordinary income up +31.9% to 163.8 billion yen, and net income attributable to shareholders up +76.7% to 152.9 billion yen.
It is these and other achievements that, importantly, led to us being selected as the "(ATW) Airline of the Year."
KW: What are the 3 top priorities for (ANA) over the next year?
YG: We think that 2018 will be a preparation year. By 2020, the Tokyo metropolitan airports, Narita and Haneda, will be adding slot capacity for international service, most likely to happen in 2019 or 2020. This means that there won’t be a huge chance for us to expand our services in 2018, and so (ANA) has decided that this should be a year for a thorough review of our customer experience, and also our maintenance programs and employee training programs, which are the backbone that enables us to provide the experience.
Also, since the number of foreign travelers is increasing dramatically, we need to improve our ability to best serve passengers who may not speak Japanese. We are also working very hard to improve the universal accessibility at our airports and inside our aircraft, in preparation for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games.
What are the qualities that you believe make a good leader? I believe that good leaders should lead the team with a true vision, a direction to head towards, and make strong decisions. Leaders motivate and inspire the team, but they must also be open-minded to new ideas. It’s important to always give the team fair evaluations and feedback.
And a good leader is optimistic, but also deliberate. I try very hard to be a good leader by always making my vision clear to the (ANA) employees. I also try to have as many direct conversations as possible, because those are the times when I get to hear new, innovative ideas that can lead (ANA) to its next steps.
KW: How are people best motivated to work as a team and to deliver consistently high standards?
YG: We at the (ANA) Group have a credo called “(ANA)’s Way,” which all employees trust as the fundamental mindset as to how we should welcome our guests. This credo describes our 5 core values in (ANA)’s Way: safety, customer orientation, social responsibility, team spirit and endeavor; to achieve the goals in our mission statement and management vision. Team spirit is very important in motivating each other towards the 1 goal of pleasing our customers.
I truly cherish the team spirit that our employees have. I want to witness their dedication with my own eyes, so I visit the front line airport offices every week to observe our employees. This allows me to not only have more communication with the (ANA) front line employees, but also to see (ANA) from a customer-oriented viewpoint, and I think that this is a very important moment for me to set our customer satisfaction goals.
KW: How important is the Star (SAL) Alliance to (ANA)?
YG: In 1999, we joined the Star (SAL) Alliance as the 9th carrier; there are now 28 members. Back in those days, our international service was very small and struggling to attract both Japanese and global passengers. By becoming a member of the Star (SAL) Alliance, we were able to educate ourselves and learn strategic international route planning and introduce innovative ideas into our organization.
Now, our international service has grown to become the main core of our business plan.
The Star (SAL) Alliance has a very attractive structure in which we discuss the future and exchange positive thinking. We think it is very important that these 28 carriers work together to bring more benefits as an alliance to all our customers.
KW: How concerned are you about long-haul, low-cost competitor airlines?
YG: It’s not only the long-haul (LCC)s; we are carefully monitoring the types of next steps all our competitors are taking. As for (ANA) Group’s (LCC) service, we will continue to expand our short-haul routes, and around 2020, we plan to enter the medium-haul (LCC) market to capture demand to and from Asian and Chinese marketplaces, which is showing remarkable growth. We expect our subsidiary (LCC)s to play a significant role in (ANA) Group’s growth strategies, while also contributing to Japan’s tourism industry and the revitalization of Japan’s local regions.
KW: What do you think will be the global air transport industry’s biggest challenge in the next 5 years?
YG: We believe that labor and infrastructure shortages will be a challenge for the aviation industry.
(IATA) announced that compared to 2016, in 20 years’ time, the number of passengers will double to approximately 8 billion passengers. As the number of passengers dramatically increases, airlines will need to hire more pilots (FC) and employees to maintain their business. Also, we see that quite a few airports are struggling to accommodate the growing demand for slots and terminal capacity. Airspace congestion is becoming a serious problem, with severe delays becoming common in certain parts of the world.
KW: Outside of the airline and aerospace industries, which companies do you most admire?
YG: Any company that positively embraces its founding spirit and unique (DNA), while being flexible enough to adapt to fast-changing and evolving environments.
SHINYA KATANOZAKA, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), (ANA) HOLDINGS (2015-02).
Katanozaka, who joined the airline in 1979, became Executive VP in April 2013 and was head of the company’s Human Resources (HR) Strategy & Corporate Planning.
OSAMU SHINOBE, PRESIDENT & (CEO) (ANA) (2013-04).
Osamu Shinobe was previously President of Air Nippon (ANK), and Senior VP (ANA).
MINEO YAMAMOTO, PRESIDENT & (CEO) (2005-04), BECAME VICE CHAIRMAN (2009-04).
YOJI OHASHI, CORPORATE COUNSELOR (ANA) HOLDINGS (2015-02)
Was formerly Chairman (2005-04), and Chairman (ANA) HOLDINGS (2013-04).
KICHISABURO NOMURA, (TYODYNH), EXECUTIVE ADVISOR (2005-04).
TAKETOSHI WATANABE, PRESIDENT, AIR JAPAN (2000-09).
KAZUYUKI IWAKATA, PRESIDENT AIRASIA JAPAN (AAJ), EX-VP INTERNATIONAL & REGULATORY AFFAIRS (2011-09).
SUGURU OMAE, SENIOR EXECUTIVE VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE, OPERATIONS, AIRPORT SERVICES (TYODYNH) (2002-01).
HIROMICHI TOYA, SENIOR EXECUTIVE VP CORPORATE PLANNING, FACILITIES, GOVERNMENT & INDUSTRIAL AFFAIRS.
MITSUO MORIMOTO, SENIOR EXECUTIVE VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS & AIRPORT SERVICES.
ICHIRO FUKUZAWA, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO), EXECUTIVE VP FINANCE & ACCOUNTING.
KATSUHIKO KITABAYASHI, EXECUTIVE VP INTERNATIONAL & REGULATORY AFFAIRS, ALLIANCE & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) SERVICES.
KENCHIRO HAMADA, EXECUTIVE VP OPERATIONS, AIRPORT SERVICES, & IN-FLIGHT SERVICES.
SHIN NAGASE, EXECUTIVE VP SALES STRATEGY & MARKETING.
KEISUKE OKADA, EXECUTIVE VP CORPORATE PLANNING.
AKINORI NOMOTO, EXECUTIVE VP CARGO MARKETING & SERVICES.
YUSUKE JIMUMARU, SENIOR VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS & GENERAL MANAGER.
SHINICHI INOUE, SENIOR VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
SHINSUKE MAKI, SENIOR VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
HIROYUKI ITO, SENIOR VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
TAKEO KIKUCHI, DEPUTY SENIOR VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
AKINORI NOMOTO, SENIOR VP & GENERAL MANAGER.
KENKICHI HONBO, SENIOR VP CARGO MARKETING & SERVICES.
KEISUKI OKADA, SENIOR VP CORPORATE PLANNING, CARGO MARKETING & SERVICES.
EIJI KANAZAWA, SENIOR VP FINANCE & ACCOUNTING.
KOSHICHIRO KUBO, SENIOR VP GENERAL ADMINISTRATION.
HITOSHI NAKAJIMA, SENIOR VP IN-FLIGHT SERVICES.
SEIICHIRO HIDAKA, SENIOR VP OPERATIONS & AIRPORT SERVICES.
OAMU SHINOBE, SENIOR VP MARKETING & PRODUCTS.
SHIGEYUKI TAKEMURA, SENIOR VP GOVERNMENT & INDUSTRIAL AFFAIRS.
TORU SATO, SENIOR VP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) SERVICES.
KIYOSHI TONOMOTO, SENIOR VP CARGO MARKETING & SERVICES.
SUICHI FUJIMURA, SENIOR VP & GENERAL MANAGER, EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA.
HIDECKI KUNUGI, SENIOR VP THE AMERICAS.
M OTA, SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (1999-04).
MASAHIRO KINOSHITA, MANAGING DIRECTOR CARGO, MAIL SALES MARKETING.
T SAITO, VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (2002-01).
M SAKAI, VP SAFETY (2001-10).
HITOSHI KAWAHARA, VP ALLIANCES & REGULATORY AFFAIRS.
KEISUKE OKADA, VP CORPORATE PLANNING.
N NAKAMURA, STAFF VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (1998-07).
Y SHINOHARA, STAFF VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (1998-07).
HIDEKI KUNUGI, HEAD OF AMERICAS (2015-04).
Kunugi, who has been with (ANA) since 1983, has overseen operations as All Nippon Airways (ANA) saught to expand its presence in the USA.
KENICHI HASHIMOTO, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE EVALUATION (1996-07).
H SHIBUTA, DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (1998-07).
TAKAKI ISHII, DIRECTOR COMPONENT ENGINEERING (CMC).
H KAWAUCHI, DIRECTOR PRODUCTION CONTROL LINE MAINTENANCE CENTER (1996-07).
T TOMURA, DIRECTOR BUSINESS ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE ADMINISTRATION (1996-07).
SHIGEHIRO SUGIURA, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING PROJECTS.
E SASADA, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS ENGINEERING (TYOEWNH).
HITOSHI KAWAHARA, DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL & REGULATORY AFFAIRS.
YOSHITAKE, GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (1997-07).
S ENAMI, GENERAL MANAGER COMPONENT MAINTENANCE CENTER (CMC).
Y YAMAMOTO, SENIOR MANAGER STRUCTURES ENGINEERING.
RYOHEI SHIBATA, DEPUTY DIRECTOR ENGINEERING (TYOEZNH),
S OGAWA, DIRECTOR AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (TYOEYNH (1999-04).
HITOSHI MORIYA, SENIOR MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL (QC) & PLANNING.
NORIAKI TOMITA, SENIOR MANAGER PLANNING.
OSAMU SHINOBE, SENIOR MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL & PLANNING (HUMAN FACTORS MANAGEMENT FOCAL).
SATOSHI NOGUCHI, MANAGER PLANNING (email@example.com).
CHIAKI KUDO, MANAGER SYSTEM ENGINEERING (firstname.lastname@example.org).
TETSURO MATSUDA, 767 CHIEF ENGINEER (email@example.com).
TADASHI HAYASHI, MANAGER LINE ENGINEERING.
TAKASHI TSUKUNO, MANAGER ENGINEERING PLANNING & ADMINISTRATION.
S YAMAMOTO, MANAGER ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT.
HIROYOSHI MATSUBARA, MANAGER CHIEF EVALUATOR ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
AKIO SAKAKIBARA, MANAGER FACILITIES PRODUCTION CONTROL.
KOJI ITOH, MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL (QC), COMPONENT MAINTENANCE CENTER.
HIROYUKI NAMIKI, MANAGER ELECTRONICS/AVIONICS, COMPONENT MAINTENANCE.
TAKESHI ENOMOTO, MANAGER PAYLOADS ENGINEERING, (TYOEZNH)
TORU SASKURA, PAYLOADS ENGINEERING MANAGER.
RYO HANDA, PAYLOADS ENGINEERING SUPERVISOR.