ANA reports route expansion plans for 2012

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Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) has planned a network expansion which will be driven by the delivery of Boeing 787 aircraft in 2012.

On international routes, the airline will launch services from Tokyo Narita to Seattle and San Jose in 2012 and deploy 787s on the route. The carrier will begin seven weekly Chubu-Shanghai Pudong flights from 25 March using 737-700 aircraft.

ANA will double its Haneda-Beijing and Haneda-Shanghai Hongqiao flights to 14 times weekly on each route.

The carrier will replace the Airbus A320-200 aircraft flown seven times weekly on the Narita-Beijing route with 767-300ER aircraft, from 1 July. ANA will replace the 737-700 on the Kansai-Beijing route with a 767-300ER, which will be flown seven times weekly.

For ANA's domestic routes, it will begin four times daily Haneda-Iwakuni flights in the second half of 2012, once daily Narita-Niigata flight from 25 March and once daily Itami-Fukushima service from 1 June.

The carrier will add a daily flight on routes from Haneda to Hakodate and Komatsu; from Itami to Fukuoka, Sendai, Niigata and Oita; from Chubu to Sapporo and Sendai; and on the Fukuoka-Niigata route.

From 25 March, the airline will operate two daily Fukuoka-Niigata flights, thrice daily Haneda-Hakodate flights, four daily Itami-Oita and Chubu-Sendai flights, six times daily Haneda-Komatsu and Itami-Niigata flights, seven daily Itami-Sendai and 10 times daily Itami-Fukuoka flights.

The carrier will boost the Chubu-Sapporo service frequency to eight times daily from 1 June.

Moreover, ANA will resume once daily Kansai-Ishigaki flights from 1 June, once daily Fukuoka-Sendai service from 27 April, twice daily Fukuoka-Miyazaki service from 25 March and once daily Sapporo-Rishiri flights from 1 June.

ANA will reduce the frequency of its flights by one daily on the Haneda-Okinawa, Narita-Chubu, Kansai-Fukuoka, Chubu-Fukuoka and Fukuoka-Okinawa routes.

The airline will increase its overall capacity in terms of ASKs in the financial year 2012, by 11.2% on international routes and 2.6% on domestic routes, compared with the year before. The airline will receive delivery of 20 new 787 aircraft by 31 March 2013, it added.