ANA to launch services to Houston
New route will expand network between Asia and the Americas
Summer schedule will also see more flights to Singapore and Bangkok

TOKYO, December 11, 2014 ANA, Japan’s leading airline, is to launch a new route from Narita to Houston, the capital of the US oil and energy industry, from June next year as part of an expansion of its network between the Americas and the growing Asian market.

The new ANA summer schedule will also see an increase in flights from Tokyo to Singapore and Bangkok, making it easier for transfer passengers to connect between its Asian and American networks.

Houston not only enjoys significant demand for flights to Asia, but is also one of the biggest hub airports for ANA’s joint venture partner United Airlines. This will enable ANA to improve access for its passengers to Central and South America via Houston. The airport has a wealth of domestic and international connections making it easier for passengers from Asian countries to fly through to various US destinations and other countries with growing business demand such as Mexico and Brazil.

ANA will increase the number of flights from Tokyo to Singapore and Bangkok by introducing twice daily services from Narita to these two cities in addition to the existing double daily service from Haneda airport. Flights from Singapore and Bangkok arriving in Narita early morning will increase the number of North American cities that can be connected and will, together with the evening flight, greatly increase the convenience of Asia-North America connections at Narita.

Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA said, "We are very pleased to be launching a new international service from Tokyo to Houston. Houston will be our tenth destination in North America and will provide a great gateway to Central and South America from Japan and many other Asian countries. Together with our joint venture partner United, we are confident that passenger demand will be high and that our expanding network will provide customers with greater choice."

The details of the flight plan are shown below.
Reservations for these new flights will be available from December 17.
*Flight plans are subject to approval by the relevant authorities. All schedules are subject to change.
 
1. New route from Narita to Houston

Convenient connections from Houston on the extensive network of United Airlines, ANA’s joint venture partner, will provide access to major cities in Central and South America as well as domestic destinations within the US. Through code share flights with United Airlines, passengers can enjoy improved access to cities in Mexico as well as other 19 US domestic destinations.

 
2. Additional flights on the Narita-Singapore route and Narita-Bangkok route


Possible connections between Asian cities and North America via Narita during the morning are shown as below.


*New routes or more frequent flights.
45 minutes is required for connections between flights.
 
Possible connections between Asian cities and North America via Narita during the evening are shown as below.


*New routes or more frequent flights.
** Codeshare flight through joint venture partner United Airlines.
45 minutes is required for connections between flights.
 
 

Contact: Ryosei Nomura and Maho Ito, ANA Public Relations TEL +81-3-6735-1111

About ANA
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the 13th largest airline in the world by revenues (2013) and the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 72 international routes and 115 domestic routes with a fleet of about 240 aircraft. ANA Group has 33,000 employees. In 2013, it carried 46 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.6 trillion Japanese yen. ANA has been a core member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 26 million members. ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazine, and was awarded five stars in 2013 and 2014 by the world's leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

 
ANA to launch services to Houston