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ANA to transfer 20 flights to ANK over 3 yrs.

TOKYO, Feb. 25 Kyodo

All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced Thursday it will transfer about 20 unprofitable domestic flight services to its affiliate, Air Nippon (ANK), over the next three years to cut operational costs. Seven of ANA's 100 existing flights, including Hiroshima-Hakodate and Hiroshima-Aomori routes, will be shifted to ANK in fiscal 1999, which will end March 31, 2000, the nation's second largest airline said in its fiscal 1999 business plan. ANA is seeking to transfer to ANK, suspend or halt unprofitable local flights as competition among airlines increases due to deregulation of air services. ANK will use smaller aircraft for the flights to be transferred from ANA to reduce operational costs. As for international services, the airline will use Kansai airport as a hub for short-range flights in the medium term by using midsize aircraft to improve profitability, ANA said. In fiscal 1999, the Kansai-Rome and Kansai-Moscow-Rome routes will be suspended from the summer, and the Fukuoka-Shanghai flight will be halted, the airline said. The Narita-Shanghai flight, meanwhile, will be resumed from the summer, it said.
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Date:Mar 1, 1999
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