ANA: E-commerce to drive growth

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) Cargo is hoping that the rise of e-commerce in Asia, joint ventures and fleet upgrades will make it a top 10 cargo airline for volumes carried by 2017.

Intra-Asian freight is expected to increase by 6.5 per cent annually between 2014 and 2033, which will be driven by express and e-commerce. 

Business to consumer traffic in Asia Pacific will account for 37.4 per cent of the world total in 2018, up from 31.2 per cent in 2014. In 2009 it acquired express company, OCS, and the airline provides freight forwarding and custom broker services in Japan.

ANA provides over 50 road feeder services between Narita International Airport and Haneda International Airport, which primarily deal with international flights, and Kansai International Airport and Nagoya Airport, for domestic and intra-Asian routes.

Speaking in Tokyo, ANA Cargo executive vice president for global marketing, Toshiaki Toyama, says: “The main growth will be in Asia, we can foresee higher growth for e-commerce in Asia. Asia is not only a centre of manufacturing.”

To cope with intra-Asian demand, ANA Cargo will add two Boeing 767 Freighters to its fleet of 10 by January 2016, and is considering two more. It has an additional 85 aircraft on order, consisting of six Boeing 777-300 extended range, 20 Boeing 777X, 14 Boeing 787-9, 26 Airbus A321 new engine options, 11 Airbus A320 current engine options, three Boeing 787-10 and five Boeing 737-800. Three of the A321neo, four of the A320ceo, the 787-10 and the 737-800 were ordered on 30 January.

The airline is also using its hub in Naha Airport in Okinawa for night time freighter flights to Japanese airports, including Narita Airport, and other Asian airports including, Incheon International Airport and Changi Airport. Toyama says: “There are no customs or taxes in Okinawa. Freight can come into Okinawa and out again as foreign cargo and pay no tax. Freight forwarders and the Okinawa government have supported us.”

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