ANA Group finalised (17-Jan-2012) its route network and corporate plan for FY2012 (12 months to 31-Mar-2013), with the plan envisaging an increase in international and domestic passenger flights and seat kilometers, and the launch of several new routes from Japan to the US, China and other Asian counties. ANA also intends to use its network carrier business model to attract more inter-connecting traffic between Asia and North America and leverage the value of its existing JVs with United Airlines (including Continental Airlines) and Lufthansa. During the FY2012 period, the carrier expects to increase international passenger capacity (ASKs) by 11.2%, with domestic capacity (ASKs) growth of 2.6% and cargo capacity (FTKs) growth of 3.3% to take advantage of the scheduled expansion of arrival and departure slots in the Tokyo Metropolitan area such as Haneda and Narita airports. The number of international services will increase by 9.0%, with the number of domestic flights to increase by 2.0% and cargo operations by 4.1%. [more - original PR]
ANA Group: "Despite unstable international financial conditions, the high value of the yen and other factors contributing to future economic uncertainty, recent demand has been rebounding steadily from the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake. In FY2012, we expect the competitive environment to change significantly for a number of reasons including the full-scale launch of low-cost carriers based in Japan. ANA intends to respond to these challenges by generating further efficiencies through measures such as the fine-tuning of supply and demand and optimizing the deployment of our aircraft fleet." Company Statement, 17-Jan-2012.