ANA and Hawaiian ink commercial partnership

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Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Hawaiian Airlines have signed an agreement to cooperate in areas such as codesharing, cargo and frequent flyer programmes.

Details of the deal, which is subject to necessary government approvals, will be discussed later, say the carriers.

"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," says Hawaiian's president and CEO Mark Dunkerley.

ANA had previously announced that it would begin a service between Tokyo's Haneda airport and Honolulu from 31 October. Hawaiian will launch its first scheduled operations to Japan, with flights between Honolulu and Haneda from 17 November.

"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 with this cooperation," says ANA's president and CEO Shinichiro Ito.