All Nippon Airways (ANA) Holdings Inc says it is responding to the expanding market demand in Asia, China, and North America, by adding two B777 freighters to its fleet.
The Japanese carrier said the substantial 103 tonne payload capacity freighters were being added based on where the cargo growth is expected to continue over the medium to long-term.
ANA has been on the record as saying it has been considering the larger, longer-range freighters to complement the twelve B767-300 freighters (four B767-300Fs and eight 767-300BCFs) operating in ANA’s its intra-Asia network. ANA’s partnership with Lufthansa Cargo has allowed it to assess the B777F’s performance.
“ANA HD has decided to introduce two Boeing 777 Freighters to be capable of transporting oversized cargo and special items such as aircraft engines, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, lithium batteries, and pharmaceuticals in large quantities,” the carrier said.
“Air cargo is an essential part of global trade growth,” said Hiroshi Sugiguchi, vice president, Corporate Planning & Administration, ANA Cargo. “We are committed to playing a critical role in further advancing Japan’s economic growth through trade and these new freighter airplanes will help us accomplish our goal. ANA will ensure that our cargo operations reflect the five-star service that we have garnered over the past several years.”
Delivery is scheduled for 2019, and ANA said it is looking forward to actively acquiring the growing cargo demand using the synergies of the expanding passenger flight network and the large freighters.
ANA also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand its cooperation with Japan-based all-cargo carrier Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA).
The two carriers currently have an interline agreement, but the partnership will be expanded to include block space agreements and full code-sharing, with NCA gaining access to ANA’s intra-Asia freighter network and the belly space in its passenger fleet, while ANA will be able to put its code on NCA’s long-haul services to Europe and North America.
Aside from Lufthansa Cargo and NCA, All Nippon Airways also has a cargo joint venture with United Airlines Cargo for cargo uplift between Japan and North America.