As Japan Airlines, the country’s largest air carrier, moves away from cargo flights, Japan’s second largest airline, All Nippon Airways, is gaining a large share of the recovering market.
Both airlines saw volume soar by large double digit percentages early in 2010, but JAL filed for bankruptcy in January and is in the process of rehabilitation under a state-backed plan, which includes a decision to pull out of the cargo flight business. JAL said in March that it will adopt a new cargo business model that solely utilizes the cargo belly space of the airline's passenger flights and will stop operating freighter flights at the end of October this year.
By The Numbers: Asia-Pacific Airlines' Freight Traffic.
JAL saw its international cargo volume dip in June on a year-on-year basis for the first time in eight months, falling 7.2 percent to 46,006 tons.
In May, the year-on-year pace of growth in JAL's international cargo volume had slowed for the second straight month to 3.7 percent from 32.9 percent in March and 12.7 percent in April.
ANA's international cargo volume increased for the 10th successive month in June on a year-on-year basis, surging 36.6 percent to 38,645 tons. But the year-on-year pace of growth slowed from 53.7 percent in May.
JAL's domestic cargo volume rose 2 percent in June from a year earlier to 36,313 tons. In May, JAL's domestic cargo volume had fallen for the first time in three months on a year-on-year basis, declining 0.7 percent.
ANA's domestic cargo volume grew for the seventh straight month in June on a year-on-year basis, increasing 4.6 percent to 37,300 tons. The year-on-year pace of growth quickened after slowing to 0.6 percent in May.
In the first quarter of fiscal 2010, which started on April 1, JAL's international cargo volume totaled 141,259 tons, up 2.7 percent from a year earlier. JAL's domestic cargo volume in the April-June quarter amounted to 109,305 tons, up 1.9 percent from a year earlier.
In the April-June quarter, ANA's international cargo volume totaled 117,950 tons, up 48.7 percent from a year earlier. ANA's domestic cargo volume between April and June amounted to 110,095 tons, up 3.4 percent from a year earlier.
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