ANA and Singapore Airlines have filed for permission to increase their present code-sharing relationship to cover destinations in Asia, North America and Japan beyond the hub airports of Singapore Changi Airport and Tokyo Narita Airport, from 1 September this year.
Five destinations in Japan, from the southernmost island of Okinawa to Sapporo in the north, as well as Chicago and Washington DC in the United States, will be added to Singapore Airlines’ network. Four cities in India, in addition to Jakarta and Johannesburg will be added to the ANA network.
The two Star Alliance members began code-sharing on flights between Japan and Singapore in August 2004, at present covering 36 weekly flights operated by Singapore Airlines and 7 weekly flights operated by ANA . The expanded agreement will further enhance customer convenience, allowing them to fly to an increased number of destinations using just one flight code for their entire journey - either NH for ANA flights, or SQ for Singapore Airlines flights.
ANA President & CEO, Mineo Yamamoto said: “We are delighted to work ever closer with our Star Alliance partner, the world renowned Singapore Airlines, to bring more choice to our customers. The timing of the expanded agreement is particularly fitting for ANA as it coincides with the start of our own flight to Mumbai, and allows us to simultaneously offer flights to multiple cities in the fast expanding Indian market.”
Mr Chew Choon Seng, Singapore Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer said: “The expansion of the codeshare agreement demonstrates the long-standing partnership between Singapore Airlines and ANA, our Star Alliance partner. We are confident that with our combined network, customers of both Singapore Airlines and ANA will enjoy the benefits of greater convenience and a wider range of travel options.”