TOKYO/HONOLULU - October 6, 2010- All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. and Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. today announced that the two carriers signed an agreement to establish a commercial partnership. Shinichiro Ito, President and CEO of ANA, and Mark Dunkerley, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, met in Tokyo yesterday to sign the Letter of Agreement, and agreed to explore bilateral cooperation in areas such as code-sharing, frequent flyer programs, and cargo subject to necessary government approvals. Both airlines will start discussing the details of cooperation hereafter.
As previously announced, ANA will start its service connecting Tokyo’s brand new International terminal of Haneda International Airport and Honolulu from October 31, 2010, while Hawaiian Airlines will launch its first scheduled operations to Japan, between Honolulu and Haneda on November 17, 2010. The cooperation of ANA and Hawaiian will benefit customers of both airlines by providing them with greater choice and flexibility.
Shinichiro Ito, ANA’s President and CEO, said, “We are pleased to welcome Hawaiian as a new entrant to Japan market and be able to cooperate. Hawaii is the largest market between Japan and USA by passengers carried, and is an important leisure market for ANA. Our customers will be able to enjoy a wider network among Hawaii islands by this cooperation.”
“This new partnership between Hawaiian Airlines and ANA brings together the leading airlines of Hawaii and Japan to offer our customers unprecedented access to both destinations with seamless connections and frequent flyer benefits,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s President and CEO.
Established in 1952, ANA is a leading Japanese provider of air transportation services, carrying almost 50 million passengers every year to 50 destinations in Japan and 27 cities throughout Asia, Europe and the US on its fleet of 222 aircraft. It is the tenth largest airline in the world by passenger load, according to IATA rankings and the largest domestic carrier in Japan. ANA has won awards in all categories for its products and services and was voted Airline of the Year for 2007 by Air Transport World Magazines. ANA is the launch customer of Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Mitsubishi Regional Jet , and joined the Star Alliance in 1999 and celebrated its 10th year Star Alliance membership in October, 2009.
Hawaiian is the highest-ranked carrier in the U.S. for service quality and performance in 2009 in the 20th annual Airline Quality Rating study, having earned that distinction in three of the past four years. Hawaiian has also led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past six years (2004-2009) and has been an industry leader in fewest misplaced bags during that same period (#1 from 2005-2007, #2 in 2008 and 2009) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by prominent travel publications Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the top domestic airline offering flights to Hawaii. Now in its 81st year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state’s primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to more U.S.
gateway cities (10) from Hawaii than any other airline. It also operates service to the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, Tahiti, and, in the coming months, Japan and South Korea. Hawaiian also provides more than 150 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.