All Nippon Airways (ANA), Air Nippon (ANK) and Air Japan (AJX) today announced the ANA Group business plan for FY 2002, April 1, 2002-March 31, 2003.
The fiscal year begins in the wake of a series of changes that have created a paradigm shift in the ANA operating environment. This began with the devastating events of September 11 and their aftermath and was followed by the announcement in November by Japan Airlines and Japan Air System of their plans to merge.
Nevertheless, the new fiscal year also presents many opportunities for ANA, with the opening of the second runway at Tokyo`s Narita Airport in April, the expansion of slots at Tokyo`s Haneda Airport in July.
As a result of the opening of the second runway at Narita airport on April 18, weekly slots for the ANA Group at Narita will increase to 143. In total, the group will operate 200 flights a week when service from Osaka`s Kansai International Airport is also figured in.
Europe—As part of ANA`s continuing commitment to its long-haul services, daily flights will be introduced on routes from Tokyo to Paris and to Frankfurt, in addition to the existing daily service to London. Once a week service to Paris via Vienna will be suspended in favor of a non-stop flight.
North America - Across the Pacific, non-stop Tokyo-San Francisco service will increase to daily, from five flights per week, using Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. ANA will continue to operate daily service to New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Chicago service will remain suspended,** as it has been since November 30.
Resort—Service on the four routes from Tokyo (Narita) and Osaka (Kansai) to the resort destinations Honolulu and Guam will be increased to daily, a total of 28 flights per week. In all, ANA will operate 56 flights per week to the U.S., including Guam.
Cargo—On international cargo operations, the introduction of a Boeing 767-300 freighter in September will increase competitive strengths as the company moves to meet growing demand within Asia.
On the domestic front, ANA will move to make Narita Airport a domestic hub as well by inaugurating two flights a day to Fukuoka in addition to existing service to Osaka (Itami) and Nagoya. Beyond this, ANA aims to expand its network further by code-sharing with regional airlines Naka Nihon Air Line Service to Nagoya, and Fair Inc. to Sapporo, Sendai and Osaka (Itami). Connectivity with international flights at Narita is measurably improved as domestic service is expanded to 11 flights a day.
With the expansion of departure and landing slots at Haneda Airport in July, ANA will devise a plan to utilize routes with greatest demand. This will be announced late April.
Air Nippon Network was established at Sapporo`s Okadama Airport for flights within the main northern-most island of Hokkaido, as well as flights from Haneda to the Izu islands operations.
Additionally, in connection with the Korea-Japan co-sponsored FIFA World Cup 2002, and at the request of the Japan World Cup Organizing Committee (JAWOC), ANA will begin domestic charter flights. ANA will be able to respond flexibly to the transportation needs of World Cup spectators with its scheduled service and charter flights operated from Tokyo-Haneda Airport during afternoon hours.
In order to appropriately rationalize its fleet, ANA will postpone delivery of three of the nine B767-300s on order for fiscal year 2002. The three postponed deliveries are now scheduled to take place in the 2003 fiscal year (April 1, 2003-March 31, 2004).