Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ANA maintains Nagoya – Shanghai in Winter 2014/2015.

On September 2nd, All Nippon Airways (NH/ANA) announced that they would maintain their Nagoya/Chubu Centrair (NGO/RJGG) – Shanghai/Pudong (PVG/ZSPD) service after October 26th, the beginning of the Winter 2014/2015 schedule. The once-daily round-trip will continue to see the 120-seat (8 business and 112 economy) Boeing 737-700 being deployed.
Boeing 737-881(WL) JA67AN taxies at Haneda. Although ANA flies the 737-700 on both domestic and international flights, the larger 737-800s are only used for domestic operations. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

Until now operated as a summer seasonal service, times will be changed from Winter 2014/2015 with the morning Chubu Centrair departure moving to night time, and Shanghai afternoon departure moving to morning hours. The new outbound leg allows for connections from domestic cities to the Shanghai route, while the return leg provides connection opportunities to their final domestic destinations. Improving China-Japan relations reflected by improving load factors probably played a role in their decision.

Flight Schedule (Oct/26/2014 - Mar/28/2015):
Nagoya/Chubu Centrair – Shanghai/Pudong 1 daily with 737-700.
NH939 NGO 2125 – 2320 PVG 73W Daily
NH940 PVG 0650 – 1000 NGO 73W Daily *From Oct/27.

ANA is by far the biggest operator at Chubu Centrair serving 16 domestic destinations plus Hong Kong (HKG/VHHH) and Shanghai. Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT) will be added from October 26th (ANA releases Winter 2014/2015 schedule.) as their 17th domestic city.

However, Chubu Centrair – Pudong sees heavy competition with China Eastern Airlines (MU/CES) flying in three daily Airbus A320s, China Southern Airlines (CZ/CSN) a daily A320, Air China (CA/CCA) bringing in the A319 daily, and Japan Airlines (JL/JAL) operating daily with Boeing 767s. Chinese LCCs Juneyao Airlines (HO/DKH) and Spring Airlines (9C/CQH) also intend to launch services from Shanghai by 2015 and 2016, respectively, while AirAsia Japan (Mk II) (AirAsia Japan selects Nagoya Chubu Centrair.) is starting by July 2016 and regional Asian routes are on their radar after initial domestic routes have been established.

Reference: All Nippon Airways, September 2nd. (in Japanese)

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