ANA, SWISS form strategic alliance

ANA and Swiss International Air Lines will commence a strategic alliance effective April 1 this year, the first step of which will be a linking of Frequent Flyer ProgrammeslThe agreement will also explore other areas of co-operation, including code-sharing on flights between Japan and Switzerland, and beyond.

Tying up ANA Mileage Club and SWISS’s FFP Miles & More will allow members of either programme to accrue mileage on any ANA or SWISS flight and redeem them for ever-popular award flights on either airline.

Furthermore, in spring this year SWISS will become the 17th member of Star Alliance - of which ANA is the member carrier in Japan - opening up even greater possibilities for customers along with access to the world’s largest airline network, covering 790 airports in 138 countries.

SWISS will also be joining ANA and other Star Alliance partners flying to Japan in the new South Wing of Narita Airport’s Terminal 1, which opens on June 2, giving greater convenience, amenity and connectivity to passengers.

Commenting on the new partnership, ANA President and CEO Mineo Yamamoto said, “This is good news for passengers flying between Japan and Switzerland who will have a greater choice of flights and at the same time reap frequent flyer benefits. As for ANA, we are delighted to work with our new partner, SWISS, in such an important market, especially given their forthcoming membership of Star Alliance. This will really help to strengthen our competitive base not only on point to point services between Japan and Switzerland, but also in Europe as a whole.”

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Christoph Franz, President and Chief Executive Officer of SWISS said, “We are looking forward to starting this cooperation between SWISS and ANA in the important market between Switzerland and Japan. Passengers will profit from increased connectivity and SWISS from the feeding and de-feeding of the remarkable Japanese domestic network operated by ANA.”
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