Nippon Cargo Airlines takeover delayed

The transfer of freighter operator Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) from logistics group NYK to All Nippon Airways (ANA) has been delayed until next year.

In an investor note, shipping group NYK said that the transfer of shares had been moved back from October 1 to February 1 next year.

Explaining the move, NYK said the delay was due to the time it would take for competition authorities to examine the deal.

“The execution of the Share Exchange is subject to the completion of examinations by the competition authorities in each country and region,” NYK said.

“Considering the current situation and the time required for further procedures, the execution date of the share exchange has been changed as follows [October to February].

“There is no change in the policies of NYK, NCA, and ANAHD to execute the share exchange.”

When announcing confirmation of the deal back in July, NYK said that NCA would be better positioned to grow further within an airline group, which would also be in a better position to support NCA with emissions reduction requirements.

“The continual introduction of new aircraft to expand the operation and maintenance system, as well as the continual training of personnel engaged in operation and maintenance required considerable expenditures,” NYK said.

“In the highly volatile business environment of airfreight transportation, NCA has been facing challenges in expanding its business scale at a level that is commensurate with such costs.”

The airline decided to concentrate on the B747-8F after a maintenance issue forced the company to temporarily ground its fleet back in 2018.

It also faced a government maintenance warning earlier this year.

For ANA, the deal will “dramatically enhance its international air cargo network”.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector. After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015. Contact me on [email protected]