SOURCE: All Nippon Airways Co Ld

June 01, 2011 05:59 ET

ANA LH Joint Venture Approved

TOKYO--(Marketwire - Jun 1, 2011) -


ANA awarded Anti-Trust Immunity for Joint Venture with Lufthansa on
                       Japan-Europe routes



-Announcement heralds the world's first Joint Venture on Japan-Europe
                              routes-



TOKYO, June 1, 2011 - ANA, Japan's largest airline, and Deutsche
Lufthansa AG, Europe's leading airline, are announcing that they are
launching a strategic joint venture with each other on Japan-Europe
routes after ANA receiving Anti-Trust Immunity (ATI) approval from the
Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport. This latest
agreement between the two Star Alliance members follows the launch of a
similar joint venture between ANA and United Airlines on trans-Pacific
routes in April.



The joint venture with Lufthansa will improve the level of service
offered to passengers by allowing ANA and Lufthansa to work together on
schedule coordination and joint product sales. Customers will benefit
from seamless transfers and better connections. The two carriers aim to
introduce the new joint venture within the 2011 winter timetable.



Shinichiro Ito, ANA President and CEO, said: "I'm delighted that we
have received official approval to operate the only joint venture on
Japan-Europe routes. This agreement will further improve the level of
service we offer to passengers and boost our company's international
competitiveness."



Christoph Franz, Chairman of the Executive Board & Chief Executive
Officer Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: "This approval marks a great step
forward for our customers. Optimised flight schedules will better
enable them in the future to plan their trips between Japan and Europe.
We look forward to this opportunity to consolidate our cooperation with
ANA, which signifies a further milestone that will bring the two
economic areas closer together. After the tragic earthquake, the
go-ahead for our joint venture is a sign that Japan is looking to the
future."





Media Contact:

ANA Public Relations:
Ryosei Nomura and Megumi Tezuka, TEL 3-6735-1111

Deutsche Lufthansa AG:
- Frank Puettmann, Head of Corporate Communications Asia-Pacific,
  Phone:  6835 5951
- Boris Ogursky,Manager Media Relations, Phone:  69 696 96006


For full announcement, click on following link


 http://www.ana.co.jp/eng/aboutana/press/index_sm.html 



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