All Nippon Airways (ANA) today submitted an application to the Ministry of
Transport in Japan seeking approval for the start-up of a new international airline,
Air Japan Co., Ltd.
Subject to government approval, Air Japan, which will be operated under the
framework and operating license of the now-dormant World Air Network (WAC), will
begin daily scheduled service January 1, 2001 between Osaka (Kansai) and Seoul,
using a Boeing 767-300ER with 216 seats in two classes, leased from ANA.
Air Japan will be a member of the ANA Group, offering the same high standards
of safety and reliability consistent with the ANA Group brand. ANA will handle
maintenance and sales for the new airline, in addition to code-sharing on Air
Japan flights, which will be operated under the Air Japan code.
ANA President and CEO Kichisaburo Nomura explained, "Under our Medium-term
Corporate Plan, covering the four-year period ending March 2003, we are reorganizing
ANA's international route network to boost profitability. Air Japan is part of
our overall international route network strategy. By gradually transferring to
Air Japan selected short and medium-haul routes currently operated by ANA, and
by reorganizing ANA's international route network at our Narita and Kansai hubs,
we will be able to improve network efficiency, profitability, and connectivity.
This will result in a more competitive and flexible ANA Group in which the different
airlines can meet specific network needs."
"This is an exciting time for Air Japan and for the entire ANA Group", said
Air Japan President and CEO, Taketoshi Watanabe. "Air Japan will play an integral
role within the Group by providing scheduled service to destinations in Asia and
resort destinations, including service on routes such as Osaka-Guam and Osaka-Honolulu.
After the opening of Narita's second runway in 2002, we plan to further expand
operations to include routes from Tokyo, building a network that meets customer
needs to a number of destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.
Air Japan has capital of JPY500 million (US $5 million) and has its headquarters
in Tokyo. In addition to receiving flight crew support from ANA, for the initial
period of operations, Air Japan plans to hire Japanese pilots between 60-62 years
of age (although ANA has a retirement age of 60 for all employees, commercial
pilots' licenses in Japan are valid until age 63) and Japanese cabin crew. However,
Air Japan is also studying the possibility of hiring non-Japanese nationals as
flight crew in the future.
| Air Japan
Air Japan Co., Ltd.
||JPY500 million (US $5 million)
|Start Date of Operations:
||January 1, 2001
(subject to government approval)
||Osaka (Kansai) - Seoul, daily
(one aircraft, to be dry-leased from ANA)
||216 seats: 40 in Business Class
176 in Economy Class