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ANA to move HQ to central Tokyo to gear up for competition.

TOKYO, Aug. 23 Kyodo

All Nippon Airways (ANA) plans to move its headquarters around next April from the current location of Haneda airport near Tokyo Bay to more conveniently situated Shimbashi district in central Tokyo, ANA officials said Friday.

Along with the headquarters, ANA will move some group companies, including its subsidiary Air Nippon, that are currently scattered around Tokyo, they said.

The move will help the airline increase group efficiency and better prepare itself for expected strong competition from the alliance of Japan Airlines (JAL) and Japan Air System (JAS). JAL and JAS are expected to integrate their management in October and merge their operations in 2004.

Shimbashi is the location where ANA's precursor, Japan Helicopter & Aeroplane Transports Co., was founded 50 years ago.

The officials said the ANA group will take up 10 floors of the 43-story Shiodome City Center building, now under construction and expected to be completed in January.

An estimated 2,000 employees are expected to move, they added.
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