TOKYO, March 16, 2010 - ANA will begin a code-sharing agreement with Continental Airlines on routes between the United States and Japan effective March 28. It will be the first time that ANA has implemented code-sharing with Continental Airlines.
Through the arrangement, customers of ANA and Continental Airlines will be able to more conveniently travel between Japan and the United States.
ANA’s customers will be able to conveniently access Continental’s network via ANA flights. ANA’s flights to U.S. cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago provide connections with Continental’s onward flights to Houston.
“Working with our partner Continental Airlines, the networks of both airlines will expand through the commencement of this code-sharing agreement, and together we can offer our valued customers a wider selection of convenient flight options between Asia and the United States,” said Shinichiro Ito, President and Chief Executive Officer of ANA.
Code-sharing between Continental and ANA improves on the linkages we established between the two airlines when we first joined Star Alliance,” said Continental Airlines Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Smisek. “We look forward to further solidifying our relationship with ANA under our planned Pacific joint venture.”
This announcement represents the first phase of code-sharing cooperation. Both airlines look forward to further expanding code-sharing service in a constant effort to provide customers with the most convenient options possible.
About Continental Airlines
Continental Airlines is the world’s fifth largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 2,500 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 133 domestic and 135 international destinations. Continental is a member of Star Alliance, which overall offers 19,700 daily flights to 1,077 airports in 175 countries through its 26 member airlines. With more than 41,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with its regional partners, carries approximately 63 million passengers per year.
ANA is a leading Japanese provider of air transportation services, the tenth largest airline in the world by passenger load according to IATA rankings, carrying almost 50 million passengers every year to 51 destinations in Japan and 25 cities throughout Asia, Europe and the US on its fleet of 217 aircraft. ANA is the launch customer of Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Mitsubishi Regional Jet, and has won awards in all categories for its product and services and was voted Airlines of the Year for 2007 by Air Transport World Magazines. ANA joined the Star Alliance in 1999 and celebrated its 10th year Star Alliance membership in October, 2009.