|ANA to Sell Share in Nippon Cargo Airlines to NYK
~ ANA to Concentrate on Developing Own Cargo Business ~
TOKYO July 12, 2005 - ANA will sell its 27.6% share in Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) to fellow major shareholder, global logistics company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK). Both companies currently hold equal shares in the cargo airline, and wish to pursue separate strategies in the growing cargo market in the future. NCA will become a consolidated subsidiary of NYK.
As yet a date has not been fixed for sale of ANA’s shareholding, however it is expected to take place by the end of August this year.
ANA’s main cargo operations are carried out using the belly hold of passenger aircraft, bolstered by one Boeing 767-300 freighter, which mainly plies the lucrative routes between Japan and China. NCA operates a fleet of 12 Boeing 747 freighter aircraft, for which ANA provides some pilots and flight engineers, maintenance services, and acts as General Sales Agent. ANA will continue to offer operational support to NCA until 2009 when it becomes fully independent.
In its midterm plan 2005-2007, ANA announced its intention to make cargo the third pillar of its business, the others being international and domestic passenger transportation. ANA’s growth plans, for both cargo and passenger businesses, are centered on the future expansion of Japan’s airport capacity, including that of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, which will get an extra 120,000 take-off and landing slots in 2009. Within the present fiscal year, ended March 31, 2006, ANA will take delivery of two more 767-300 freighters, and intends to continue to expand its cargo operations in the future.
“At present our resources are scattered between our own operations and those of NCA, to which ANA supplies personnel as well as technical support,” said Mineo Yamamoto, ANA President and CEO. “The sale of our share of NCA will allow ANA to achieve greater operational efficiencies and concentrate on growing our own cargo operation to meet demand,” he continued.
Demand for international air cargo services from Japan has grown at an average of 7.2% over the last 20 years, and according to IATA forecasts is set to grow at a rate of 7.6% until 2010. Demand is particularly strong between Japan and China, with growth forecast at 16% for services from Japan to China, and 14% for services from China to Japan.
Domestic cargo demand is also expected to grow by 2%, fuelled by an improving economy, demand for digital products parts and recent changes to rules governing speed limits for road freight, which has resulted in a shift to air freight.