United Continental Holdings and ANA announced (01-Apr-2011) the launch of their trans-Pacific joint venture, through which United Airlines and Continental Airlines may coordinate sales and marketing with ANA. Through the JV, enabled by the US-Japan Open Skies agreement and antitrust immunity granted by US and Japanese regulators, the airlines can align schedules, fares, and terms and conditions for itineraries beginning 01-Apr-2011. The agreement also covers frequent flyer programme reciprocity. The trans-Pacific JV connects 295 US cities, 43 Japanese cities and 11 routes between the two countries with almost 120 flights per week. The carriers are also coordinating fares and schedules for travel to/from certain other points in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. [more]
United Continental Holdings: "We are pleased to launch our joint venture with ANA, as it will offer travelers greater choices, convenience and flexibility for their trans-Pacific travels," Jeff Smisek, President and CEO. Source: Company Statement, 01-Apr-2011.
ANA: "By forging this closer cooperation with our partner airlines in the Star Alliance, we will significantly enhance our ability to serve trans-Pacific customers and offer new choice and convenience for passengers," Shinichiro Ito, president and CEO. Source: Company Statement, 01-Apr-2011.