March 31, 2015 3:22 am JST
Expanding horizons

ANA to cultivate South American, African routes

TOKYO -- ANA Holdings will focus on world destinations where no Japanese airlines currently go, the carrier's incoming president says.

     The Japanese airline aims to launch service to Istanbul and Mexico City in the near future, and it will "broaden the service network to South America and Africa in 10 years," Shinya Katanozaka, who takes the helm Wednesday, told The Nikkei.

     Core subsidiary All Nippon Airways competes with Japan Airlines on many international routes. But "it doesn't help the people of Japan if the country's two top carriers fly to the same destinations," the new chief said.

     To respond to travelers' needs, ANA needs to expand its network to areas where neither airline has service, he said.

     Asked about low-cost carrier operations, Katanozaka said the holding company is eyeing an entry into medium-haul resort markets through wholly owned subsidiary Vanilla Air and Peach Aviation, in which it owns a roughly 40% stake. Vanilla has been incurring operating losses even after ANA terminated joint ownership with Malaysian carrier AirAsia.

     "It's imperative that Vanilla swings to the black for the year ending March 2016," Katanozaka said.

(Nikkei)

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