Austrian Airlines and SWISS announced (29-Mar-2013) they are officially joining the JV between Lufthansa and All Nippon Airways (ANA), effective 01-Apr-2013. The JV was initiated between Lufthansa and ANA in Apr-2012, forming the basis for their cooperation on flights between Japan and Europe. The Japanese competition authority granted its authorisation for this JV, giving antitrust immunity, in Sep-2012. Austrian Airlines CEO Jaan Albrecht said the airlines "will benefit from the strong sales of ANA in Japan in future, and ANA will do from ours”. Joining the JV is "another important building block on the way to a healthy Austrian Airlines” according to the CEO. As a partner in the agreement, the carriers will be able to offer its customers a broader range of flights between Europe and Japan in future. One significant benefit is that companies will no longer have to conclude contracts with each of the four airlines individually in future, but with just one, to be able to use the product of all four companies. It also means customers will have a wider range of connecting flights between Japan and Europe available to them in future. It will be possible to fully combine fares on those routes. [more - original PR]
Austrian Airlines joins Lufthansa/All Nippon Airways between Japan and Europe
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