All Nippon Airways ANA ANA secures ATI for expansion of JV with LH

  All Nippon Airways (ANA) - ANA secures ATI for expansion of JV with LH

RNS Number : 2927N
All Nippon Airways Co Ld
27 September 2012


ANA secures Anti-Trust Immunity for expansion of Joint Venture with Lufthansa

TOKYO, September 27, 2012 - ANA and Lufthansa German Airlines today  announced 
that the  Japanese Ministry  of Land,  Infrastructure, Transport  and  Tourism 
(MLIT) issued antitrust immunity  (ATI) to add  Swiss International Air  Lines 
and Austrian  Airlines, both  Lufthansa Group  carriers, to  its  Japan-Europe 
joint venture with Lufthansa German Airlines.

Airlines will launch joint sales initiatives and pricing products from  spring 
2013. Customers will  benefit from seamless  transfers and better  connections 
also using the attractive hubs in Vienna and Zurich. Austrian and SWISS  offer 
the same  top  quality  level as  Lufthansa  and  ANA, with  both  modern  and 
innovative cabin designs and very dedicated  service concepts on board and  on 
the ground.

Shinichiro Ito, ANA  President and  CEO, said: "I  am delighted  that we  have 
secured approval from  the ATI  to expand  our Joint  Venture with  Lufthansa, 
which effectively doubles the number of airlines involved. We look forward  to 
working with  Swiss International  Air Lines  and Austrian  Airlines to  offer 
customers greater  convenience and  improved access  to European  destinations 
whilst at the same time helping to support ANA's international expansion."

Christoph Franz, Chairman  of the  Executive Board &  Chief Executive  Officer 
Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: "We are  very pleased to get regulatory  approval 
to extend the successful cooperation between Lufthansa German Airlines and ANA
to now also include Swiss International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines,  both 
members of the Lufthansa  Group. With the new  setup our joint customers  will 
have access to the leading airline network between Japan, Germany, Switzerland
and Austria."

Media Contact:

ANA Public Relations: Ryosei Nomura and Megumi Tezuka, TEL +81-3-6735-1111

Deutsche Lufthansa AG:
- Frank Puettmann, Head of Corporate Communications Asia-Pacific, Phone: +65
6835 5951
- Boris Ogursky,Manager Media Relations, Phone: +49 69 696 96006

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