ANA, Lufthansa plan joint venture
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has filed an application with the Japanese government to launch a joint venture with Lufthansa German Airlines on routes between Japan and Europe.
Subject to receiving for antitrust immunity by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism, ANA and Lufthansa will be able to jointly manage their Japan-Europe operations in areas such as scheduling, pricing and sales. The airlines claim this will give customers a greater choice of connections, and a wider range of fare and service options.
“By forging this closer cooperation with one of our partner airlines in the Star Alliance, we will significantly enhance our ability to serve customers throughout Europe and offer new choice and convenience for passengers. We are looking forward to our application being approved,” said Shinichiro Ito, President & CEO of ANA.
“With today’s application for a joint venture, we are deepening our long-standing partnership with Star Alliance member ANA. This step comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the first Lufthansa flight to Japan and the 150th anniversary of the signing of the first German-Japanese treaty of friendship,” said Christoph Franz, Chairman of the Executive Board & Chief Executive Officer Deutsche Lufthansa AG.