ANA and Lufthansa Cargo launch aircargo joint venture
Frankfurt, December 8, 2014 (STAT):-All Nippon Airways(ANA) and Lufthansa Cargo AG have launched an innovativ eaircargo jointventure on Japan-Europe routes.Since December 1, both airlines have commenced joint sales of shipments on flight sfrom Japan to Europe.
Lufthansa Cargo freighter flight LH8385 carried the first shipment booked through ANA. The load weighed 1.8tonnes.By accessing cargo capacities on freighter aircraft, it is now possible for ANA customers to send big volume freight and cargo that may only be transported on freighters,directly from Tokyoto Frankfurt.
The join tventure benefits customers by providing a larger and faster network with more direct flights,more destinations and more frequencies. By moving under one roof at major stations, such as the airports Narita and Nagoyain Japan and Dusseldorf and ,customers can enjoy the services of both airlines at a single location.
Akira Okada, ANA Cargo CEO,said: “I am delighted that we have implemented the world’s first cargo joint venture of this kind.This partnership will improve the level of service offered to customers by generating a greater selection of routings and a wide rrange of service options.”
Customers will derive further advantages from enhanced quality and improved flexibility.Time saving will be an additional benefit ,with customers having only one location for export drop-off and import delivery. “With the joint venture, both airlines will boost their position in global competition and make even better use of their aircraft capacities”,underlines Okada.
Peter Gerber,LufthansaCargo Chairman and CEO, said:“This cooperation marks a great step for our customers.They will benefit from a more attractive network.We are looking forward to intensifying our cooperation with ANA ,which sets a further milestone in bringing the economies of Japan and Europe closer together.”