ANA and Lufthansa Cargo JV hauls first shipment

The cargo joint venture between All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Lufthansa Cargo has carried its first shipment.
Sent by forwarder Schenker-Seino and booked via Lufthansa Cargo, three pieces of general cargo weighing 153kg were transported by ANA on a direct flight from Tokyo to London.
The forwarder was able to receive the shipment approximately 16 hours earlier than by choosing the transfer connection via Frankfurt.
On the same day, a Lufthansa Cargo freighter flight carried the first shipment booked through ANA. The load weighed 1.8 tonnes.
Japan’s largest airline and global freighter operator Lufthansa Cargo have launched their air cargo joint venture on Japan-Europe routes, with both airlines now offering joint sales of shipments on flights from Japan to Europe.
By accessing cargo capacities on freighter aircraft, it is now possible for ANA customers to send big volume freight and cargo that may be transported only on freighters, directly from Tokyo to Frankfurt.
Akira Okada, ANA Cargo chief executive, said: “I am delighted that we have implemented the world’s first cargo joint venture of this kind. This partnership will improve the level of service offered to customers by generating a greater selection of routings and a wider range of service options.
“With the joint venture, both airlines will boost their position in global competition and make even better use of their aircraft capacities”, underlines Okada. 
Peter Gerber, Lufthansa Cargo chairman and chief executive, said: “This cooperation marks a great step for our customers. They will benefit from a more attractive network. We are looking forward to intensifying our cooperation with ANA, which sets a further milestone in bringing the economies of Japan and Europe closer together.” 
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