ANA Ramps Up Regional Freighters

ANA Ramps Up Regional Freighters

Japan’s All Nippon Airways is expanding its freighter schedule to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Sharply increased demand and a reduction of capacity by its main competitor, Japan Airlines, prompted the carrier to add new destinations and increase frequencies. “Demand for these routes has recovered remarkably during this fiscal year,” ANA said.

Services between Tokyo Narita and Shanghai Pudong on ANA’s 767-300 freighters will increase from four to six a week from Oct. 31. Flights between Narita and Taipei will double from three rotations to six.

By The Numbers: Asia-Pacific Airlines' Freight Traffic.

One southbound freighter from Narita to Hong Kong has been added, taking the route to four freighters a week. Dalian will gete its own dedicated weekly freighter to and from Narita.

Other direct services linking Dalian, Tianjin and Qingdao with Narita and Osaka are to be added.

While the Japanese and Chinese governments are discussing traffic rights, ANA has deferred its plan to increase frequencies from Haneda to Beijing and to Shanghai Hongqiao. It is instead upgrading from a daily 767-300ER to a 777-200ER service on both routes.

ANA resumes a daily passenger service from Narita to Jakarta from Jan. 7, 2011, and launches Narita-Manila from Feb. 27. Narita to London Heathrow will convert to a daily service using a 777-300ER from Oct. 12.

ANA Group edged into the black in operating terms in the first quarter, ending June 30, 2010. Consolidated operating revenue increased 13.7 percent year-over-year to $3.593 billion and operating income was $33.96 million, though a net loss of $60.885 million was reported for the quarter.

Downsizing of aircraft and sluggish demand for perishable cargo and parcels saw domestic cargo volume shrink. ANA saw a 52 percent increase in international freight-tonne kilometers and a 94 percent jump in international cargo revenue in the quarter, however. It cited Chinese demand and increased shipments of plasma display and semiconductor related materials in Taipei and Seoul.