ANA postpones Nippon takeover for the 4th time

Nippon Cargo Airlines Boeing 747-8F. Photo: Daisuke Shimizu/ Shutterstock

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has delayed its planned takeover of fellow Japanese carrier Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) for a fourth time.

At last confirmation, the deal was due to be completed on July 1, but this has now been pushed back to March 31 next year.

The delay is because of the approvals process that is currently being carried out by competition regulators, said ANA Group in a statement.

“As announced in the Disclosed Notice, the Share Exchange will be implemented subject to the approvals of the relevant authorities,” explained the Group.

“Taking into consideration the time to complete the review of the business combination that will result from the Share Exchange by the relevant authorities in Japan and China, etc., the Company decided to change the effective date of the Share Exchange from July 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025.”

The decision by ANA to delay its takeover of NYK-owned NCA may not come as a surprise to the air cargo community, given this is the fourth such announcement.

ANA had originally anticipated to complete the deal on October 1 last year, but this was later pushed back until February 1 this year, then April 1 and finally July 1.

Shipping group NYK decided to sell NCA to ANA due to the ongoing costs of running the cargo airline.

basic agreement was reached in March last year and then finalised in July.

NCA currently operates a fleet of eight B747-8 freighter aircraft and owns five B747-400 freighters that are operated by ASL and Atlas Air.

ANA said at the time the deal was announced that the takeover would dramatically enhance its international air cargo network and products and services based in Japan.

Air cargo represents 6.5% of NYK’s total revenues currently. NYK reported its air cargo business (NCA) recorded a 55.7% fall in profit in its consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31.

In its consolidated financial results for the year ended March 31, ANA said the volume of international cargo handled in the year decreased 15.6% year on year to 679,000 tons, while revenues decreased 49.5% year on year to Y155.5bn

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]