ANA and Singapore Airlines have filed for permission to increase their present codesharing relationship to cover destinations in Asia, North America and Japan beyond the hub airports of Singapore Changi Airport and Tokyo Narita Airport.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 codesharing 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 allow customers to fly to an increased number of destinations using just one flight code for the entire journey - either NH for ANA flights, or SQ for Singapore Airlines flights.
“We are delighted to work ever closer with our Star Alliance partner, the world renowned Singapore Airlines, to bring more choice to our customers,” said ANA President & CEO, Mineo Yamamoto. “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.”