ANA and Singapore Airlines Obtain Approval from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for Joint Venture

All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Singapore Airlines have obtained authorization for an exemption from the Antimonopoly Act (ATI) for a joint venture from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism conditionally approved the joint venture for routes between Japan and Singapore, as well as between Japan and Australia, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Monitoring measures will be implemented for two years after the start, and continuation will be decided upon in consultation with the authorities thereafter.

An application has also been submitted to the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore and is currently under review. Subsequent approvals will be applied for sequentially in the relevant countries. The joint venture will be initiated promptly after approvals are obtained from the related countries.

Through the joint venture, both companies aim to achieve efficient route planning, improvements in connections at transfer points, and an expansion of travel options through a unified fare system that allows for the use of flights operated by both airlines.

Target routes include Tokyo/Haneda to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Sydney, Delhi, Tokyo/Narita to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Mumbai, Perth, Nagoya/Chubu, Osaka/Kansai, Fukuoka to Singapore, and main lines connected to ANA domestic flights. Peach Aviation, AirJapan as the third brand, and Scoot are not included.

The two companies have had a partnership since 2004 through interlining and joint operations (codeshare). In January 2020, they signed a strategic comprehensive partnership agreement. Initially, they aimed to start the joint venture from the 2021 winter schedule.

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