Monday, May 19, 2014

ANA considering Haneda – Istanbul.

According to the May 19th edition of Japanese aviation newspaper Daily Aviation, All Nippon Airways (NH/ANA) is considering launching Istanbul/Atatürk (IST/LTBA) from Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT) later this year. The wholly-owned subsidiary of ANA Holdings would utilize Haneda's midnight hour (2200 – 0700) slot just recently allocated for Turkey service, and will likely operate with Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Boeing 787-8 JA803A with 'Inspiration of JAPAN' titles taxies at Haneda. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

Earlier on May 16th, the authorities of Japan and Turkey together announced that they had reached an agreement to allocate one slot each to both sides for a Haneda – Turkey service using the midnight hours effective October 26th. Growing Turkish Airlines (TK/THY) is currently the sole carrier in the Japan – Turkey market, serving Tokyo/Narita (NRT/RJAA) 14 times weekly and Osaka/Kansai (KIX/RJBB) seven times weekly from their hub at Istanbul/Atatürk. ANA would be able to leverage the Star Alliance partner's extensive network.

Source: Aviation Wire, May 16th. (in Japanese)
Source: FlyTeam, May 19th. (in Japanese)

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