Swiss/Austrian seek ATI approval to join ANA/LH Japan-Europe JV
Published: July 13, 2012
All Nippon Airways 777-300ER. By Rob Finlayson
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has filed an application with the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for antitrust immunity (ATI) to add Swiss International Air Lines (LX) and Austrian Airlines (OS), both Lufthansa Group carriers, to its Japan-Europe joint venture (JV) with Lufthansa (LH) ( ATW Daily News, Feb. 24, 2011 ).
According to ANA, the expanded bilateral JV between LH Group and ANA “will offer customers greater convenience and improved access to intra-Europe routes.”
Subject to ATI approval, the four carriers plan to launch joint sales initiatives and pricing products from spring 2013.
ANA and LH have been working to deepen their partnership over the last year, offering joint products on selected routes from October 2011 with a full range of cooperation in the bilateral JV April 1.
If approved, the JV will enable ANA to expand its international network by 22% during 2012-13 and further builds on the ANA/United Airlines JV on transpacific routes launched in April 2011 ( ATW Daily News, April 4, 2011 ).