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First shipments for Lufthansa-ANA joint service

[ December 4, 2014   //   ]

Lufthansa Cargo has formally launched its joint venture with Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline. The two airlines started joint sales of shipments on flights from Japan to Europe on 1 December, with the first shipment despatched by Schenker-Seino on 2 December, booked via Lufthansa Cargo but transported by ANA on flight number NH 277 from Tokyo to London.

Thanks to the direct ANA between the two cities, the customer was able to take receipt of his shipment 16 hours earlier than through the transfer connection via Frankfurt.

On the same day the Lufthansa Cargo freighter flight LH 8385 carried the first shipment booked through ANA. The new arrangement gives ANA customers with large shipments access to the Lufthansa freighter network.

The two carriers add that, by moving under one roof at major stations, such as the airports Narita and Nagoya in Japan and Dusseldorf and Frankfurt in Germany, customers can enjoy the services of both airlines at a single location.

ANA Cargo CEO Akira Okada, said the partnership will improve the level of service offered to customers “by generating a greater selection of routings and a wider range of service options.” Customers will gain by having only one location for export drop-off and import delivery.

Lufthansa Cargo chairman and CEO, Peter Gerber, added: “This cooperation marks a great step for our customers. They will benefit from a more attractive network. We are looking forward to intensifying our cooperation with ANA, which sets a further milestone in bringing the economies of Japan and Europe closer together.”

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