Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced that it is launching new flights from Tokyo to Tel Aviv using an airline code-sharing partnership.
ANA will partner with El Al, Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines to offer flights from Tel Aviv to Tokyo through connecting cities in Europe. These cities include: Brussels, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, London, and Paris. Before the end of 2015, ANA plans to start code-share services on European routes with Germanwings and Eurowings, two airlines that use Dusseldorf Airport which ANA also has a direct service from Tokyo.
New code-share services with three airlines, all subsidiaries of Lufthansa Group (Germanwings, Eurowings and Brussels Airlines) will give customer access to a wider network. Lufthansa is ANA's joint venture partner on Japan – Europe routes Israel and Japan signed an aviation agreement in July 2015 allowing up to 14 flights a week between the two countries.
According to the Tourism Ministry, some 13,000 people traveled from Japan to Israel in 2014. ANA is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. ANA flies today on 74 international routes and 120 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of 243 aircraft.
In FY2014, it carried 50.4 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.71 trillion Japanese yen. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999, and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes, and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.