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ANA and TAP Portugal to Commence Code-sharing Flights
- Lisbon added to ANA’s European Network from Frankfurt -

TOKYO, November 22, 2007 - ANA and fellow Star Alliance member airline TAP Portugal will extend their alliance agreement to cover code-sharing flights between Lisbon and the ANA European gateway of Frankfurt, from December 16 this year.

ANA will place its flight code, NH, on flights operated by TAP Portugal, bringing the Portuguese capital effectively into its network. ANA customers will have the convenience of booking onward flights to Lisbon from Frankfurt online, using the ANA SKY WEB internet site, as well as a simplified itinerary using just one flight code.

“We are delighted to work even more closely with TAP Portugal, to simplify travel for our customers and make their experience as convenient as possible,” said Keisuke Okada, ANA’s executive vice president International Relations. “With this new development, it will be even easier for customers to reap the benefits of ANA and TAP’s membership of Star Alliance when travelling between Japan and Portugal“, he continued.

“It is indeed a great step towards building closer air links between Japan and Portugal, and TAP Portugal is extremely happy to be able to connect its network smoothly and conveniently to ANA’s, therefore creating better and more options to travellers between the two countries” highlighted José Guedes Dias, vice president Alliances & External Relations for TAP. “Knowing the high quality product offered by our STAR partner ANA, I have no doubt that more and more passengers will feel attracted to use our joint services, making this a very successful partnership”.

 
 

About ANA
Ranked among the top 10 airlines in the world, carrying 50 million passengers every year to 50 destinations in Japan and 27 cities throughout Asia, Europe and the United States, ANA is recognised for outstanding passenger service both on the ground and in the air. In the greatest Japanese tradition of mixing hospitality with high technology, personalised, à la carte service complements state-of-the-art entertainment systems and the latest in cabin design. ANA has been in the airline business for over 50 years, and combined with ANA Group companies its activities extend across a host of complete travel and aviation-related services. It is the launch customer of the Boeing 787 and was voted Airline of the Year for 2007 by Air Transport World magazine.

As a member of Star Alliance, the world's foremost airline alliance, ANA passengers enjoy access to a network of 855 airport destinations in 155 countries, and reciprocal benefits such as mileage accrual and redemption, and lounge access.

 
About TAP Portugal
TAP Portugal is the Portuguese leading airline, member of Star Alliance since March 14, 2005, the same day on which the company also celebrated its 60th anniversary. Its hub in Lisbon is a key European gateway at the crossroads of Africa, North & South America, where TAP stands out as the leading carrier in operation to Brazil, with 60 frequencies a week. Currently, TAP network comprises 54 destinations in 25 countries worldwide. TAP operates over 1,600 weekly flights in average on a modern fleet of 51 Airbus aircraft, to which add some more 16 aircraft servicing PGA, recently acquired. Globally, the Company’s current fleet now comprises 67 aircraft. Pursuing its customer focused orientation, TAP continuously invests in innovation and new technologies, whose potentialities add to deliver safe, reliable and upgraded product & services tailored to meet customers’ expectations. Retaining the Portuguese character of the Company’s brand and quality service as the basic concept and its differentiating mark this has been the main driver of TAP strategy in most recent years. On November2007, TAP was honoured with a World Travel Market Award in the U.K., in recognition for its highly valuable contribution to the development of the Tourism industry in Portugal.
 
About Star Alliance
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer customers worldwide reach and a smooth travel experience. Star Alliance was voted Best Airline Alliance by Business Traveller Magazine in 2003, 2006 and 2007 and by Skytrax in 2003, 2005 and 2007. The members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, THAI, United and US Airways. Regional member carriers Adria Airways (Slovenia), Blue1 (Finland) and Croatia Airlines enhance the global network. Air China, EgyptAir, Shanghai Airlines and Turkish Airlines have all been accepted as future members and are expected to join Star Alliance soon. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 16,000 daily flights to 855 destinations in 155 countries.
 
Contact
Isabel Palma, TAP Portugal – Corporate Communications & Public Relations: mpalma@tap.pt
Damion Martin, Public Relations: d.martin@fly-ana.com