‘Industrial metropolis Fukuoka is leading the way starting from 1 December’
Contemporaneously with the first anniversary of their cooperation, Lufthansa Cargo and All Nippon Airways (ANA) are kicking-off the expansion of their joint network between Europe and Japan by adding connected destinations in Japan: First Fukuoka on the main island Kyushu in south Japan, later to be followed by Sapporo on the north island.
Starting from December, ANA flights from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka Airport (FUK) can be booked via both partners’ booking systems. “Thanks to the Joint Venture we can connect the wide European network of Lufthansa Cargo, with the direct connections of both partners to Japan and the continental de-feeder flights of ANA”, says Carsten Wirths, Area Manager Europe and Africa, Lufthansa Cargo. „Customers of both partners in Germany, France, Belgium, Great Britain and Austria will benefit.“
“Fukuoka and its region are important centres for the steel and automotive industries, as well as for semiconductor technology, electronics, environmental and biotechnology”, explains Yukata Terao, Project Manager Cooperations, ANA Cargo. “These are sectors which substantially profit from air freight.”
1st anniversary of the Joint Venture between Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo
In December 2014, Lufthansa Cargo und ANA Cargo started their close bilateral freight joint venture on flights from Japan to Europe. On 3 August 2015, they expanded it to routes from Germany, France, Great Britain and Austria to Japan. Other destinations in European and Japan follow step by step. The cooperation is characterized by high integration of systems and processes, combined network and joint distribution as well as a co-location of handling operations at numerous stations. It provides customers with significant value such as an extended joint network, numerous flight combinations, more flexibility, time savings and aligned standards. Currently the cooperation covers express- and standard shipments. The inclusion of further products is planned.