Japan’s national airline, ANA, is teaming up with HondaJet. ANA will use the HondaJet for its charter and feeder flights connecting passengers to the existing ANA network at major travel hubs in North America and Europe.
In a separate but linked announcement, ANA and Japanese conglomerate Sojitz will form a new company, ANA Business Jet Co Ltd, headquartered in Tokyo, to operate the private jets. It will use the strength of ANA’s global network that comprises 85 routes to 43 cities, and Sojitz’s expertise in travel by private jet.
The new company will offer:
- Charter flights connecting from scheduled ANA flights
- Direct charter flights from Japan to overseas destinations
- Concierge service such as ground transportation, hotels and restaurant arrangements
Honda Aircraft will support various aspects of ANA’s feeder and charter flights, including working with global charter operators to provide coverage for ANA’s customers and establishing a framework for ground support functions at a variety of ANA’s transit locations.
“I am delighted that ANA has chosen the HondaJet to support their arranged feeder and charter flight operations,” said Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino.
“I am confident the HondaJet will meet and exceed their customers’ expectations with its unrivalled speed, efficiency, luxurious features and comfort. I’m looking forward to expanding the business jet market through the use of the HondaJet by ANA.”
Shinya Katanozaka, president and CEO of ANA, said, “Through this strategic partnership and use of the HondaJet, ANA will create new demand to utilise business jets, in particular for travellers of various Japanese entities who value convenience and privacy in their overseas travel.”