All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) have reached a strategic business partnership aimed at providing their respective customers with seamless logistics services leveraging their respective strengths of ANA into China and Asia, and NCA’s into North America and Europe.
The two carriers said they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance both the service and the corporate value of the two airlines.
The three key elements of this partnership will give added value to ANA’s and NCA’s customers, and will provide them with seamless logistics experiences, the pair said.
The first is code sharing which will occur within the first half of fiscal year 2018, where ANA and NCA plan to add codeshares to each other’s flights. The codeshares will offer a broad network of flights and a wider range of choices to the partner’s customers, allowing seamless and convenient connections with outstanding Japan-quality service, the two carrier said.
In particular the carriers aim to leverage what they described as “the synergy effect of ANA’s Boeing 767 operation to China and Asia, and NCA’s Boeing 747 freighter operation to North America and Europe.”
ANA’s plans to introduce B777 freighters will further increase the customer choice, they added.
Block space is the second key element with the two airlines planning to expand the existing interline and block space agreement, with the aim to effectively utilise each other’s cargo space and provide a reliable and convenient connection service.
The final element revolves around maintenance support in which ANA will allocate maintenance resources to support NCA’s operation. The agreement will enable active sharing of knowledge and enhancement of the technical abilities of both carriers.
With this new partnership, ANA and NCA hope to provide their customers access to a large global freight network, highest quality of service, and convenient and flexible choices, responding to the growing demand, they said.
The agreement is subject to approval from the relevant authorities.