ANA and United add routes from America to joint venture

ANA Cargo president and CEO, Toshiaki Toyama (left) with United Cargo president, Jan Krems

All Nippon Airways and United Airlines are expanding their cargo joint venture to include routes from the US and Canada to Japan.

The airlines started joint sales and enhanced operation of shipments originating in Japan bound for the US and Canada in July 2016, and the upgrade will take effect on 6 February.

The Japanese carrier says the addition will offer customers more destinations with shorter lead times, and they will benefit from a joint network of 360 nonstop flights a week to 15 destinations over the Pacific and further flight and truck connections with Japan, the US and Canada.

ANA Holdings has also released its financial results for the nine months ending on 31 December 2017, where it reported strong growth in net income helped by a steady recovery of the Japanese economy, with consumer spending and corporate profits rising.

Net income increased 76.7 per cent to 152.9 billion yen, compared to 86.5 billion yen in the first three quarters of 2016.

In the cargo sector, domestic services saw a decline of freight volumes carried, down 2.6 per cent to 338,000 tons, while domestic revenue was up 0.1 per cent to 23.6 billion yen.

The international cargo sector had a stronger performance, with volumes increasing 6.7 per cent to 763,000 tons and revenue rising 30.5 per cent to 88.1 billion yen.

Flights departing from Japan to North America and Europe performed strongly due to very high demand, particularly for automotive component and electronic device shipments.

All Nippon Airways has also become the first airline in Japan to be awarded the IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators Pharma Certification.