ANA Launches SAF Initiative & Further Adjusts International Services

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LONDON – At the end of June, the Japanese carrier, All Nippon Airways (ANA), has released announcements detailing that it is expanding its use of SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuels) and has further adjusted some of its international services due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Their New SAF Initiative…

As part of its inaugural SAF venture, ANA has partnered up with multiple Japanese companies – Itochu, the Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute (JTTRI) and Nomura Holdings – who will primarily be responsible for helping with ANA’s corporate/business travel SAF operations.

Whereas, Nippon Express, Kintetsu World Express, Yusen Logistics, MITSUI-SOKO EXPRESS and MITSUI-SOKO Supply Chain Solutions will be primarily responsible for helping with SAF in ANA’s cargo subsidiary.

Being a “first-of-its-kind” across Asia, this new venture for ANA will enable all of the aforementioned companies to reduce their CO2 emissions from air travel across Japan, including the transportation of products and eventually the expansion of the use of SAF across the Japanese aviation industry.

On top of this new venture, ANA is also working alongside various other aviation companies through the ‘ACT FOR SKY’ agreement to aid with the expansion of SAF throughout Japan. They are also working with companies such as LanzaJet and Neste on being able to utilise SAF its international services outside of Japan.

All of this is all in favour of ANA’s and global aviation’s goals of reducing aviation related CO2 emissions significantly by 2030 and then eventually to zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

Commenting on their new venture, ANA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Shinichi Inoue, has said, “We are excited to offer the SAF Flight Initiative to a number of Japan’s premier companies.”

“ANA is proud to be a sustainability leader as the first airline in Asia to offer a program for reducing carbon emissions through SAF, and we look forward to advancing our program together with more partners.”

International Flight Services Adjustment

As well as their new SAF initiative, ANA has also announced some further changes to its international route network, this includes resuming its services between Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Beijing (PEK).

In terms of its route between Tokyo Narita and Beijing, this will be restarting from July 11 and run until October 29 as flight NH 958. It will only operate once per week and that will be on a Monday.

For the remainder of its international flight services, they are as follows –

  • July 1 – 31 = 1,874 flights across 41 routes at an operational rate of 39%.
  • August 1 – 31 = 1,966 flights across 39 routes at an operational rate of 36%.
  • September 1 – 30 = 1,755 flights across 39 routes at an operational rate of 33%.
  • October 1 – 29 = 1,697 flights across 39 routes at an operational rate of 33%.

It is evident from the numbers above that ANA is seeing a decline in flights to be operated as passenger numbers from the summer season begin to die down.

However, with anything this is subject to change and if Covid restrictions change that then result in an increase in passenger numbers, the number of flights ANA will operate will also be increased to cope with the demand.

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