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ANA, Sojitz form pilot dispatch company in Hawaii.

TOKYO, Aug. 17 Kyodo

All Nippon Airways Co. and Sojitz Corp. said Thursday they have set up a company in the U.S. state of Hawaii to dispatch pilots in collaboration with Hawaii Aviation Contract Services Inc.

The new company, Crew Resources Worldwide L.L.C., will dispatch skilled pilots to airlines in the ANA group of companies as well as a range of airlines in Asia and the Middle East, they said.

ANA wants to secure a stable supply of pilots as the Japanese airline industry expects to face pilot shortages due to impending retirements of pilots in the baby-boom generation and an expected surge in the number of flights to and from Tokyo's Haneda airport following its expansion in 2009.

On the part of Sojitz, which has years of experiences in the aircraft sales business, the trading house wants to enhance business ties with Asian airlines by pressing ahead with the manpower business, Sojitz officials said.

Crew Resources Worldwide will conclude a contract with a Boeing Co. subsidiary, tasking it with providing training to its pilots, so they can meet pilot qualifications in various countries, the two firms said.
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Publication:Japan Transportation Scan
Geographic Code:9JAPA
Date:Aug 21, 2006
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