ANA is set to operate two cargo-only flights between Munich and Tokyo (Haneda), Japan on March 26 and 28, using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a 35-tonne lower deck capacity.
ANA added Munich to its international network in July 2010 with daily flights from Tokyo. Following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and border closures, ANA took the decision to suspend its capacity between Munich and Haneda. By returning to Munich, ANA seeks to reopen trade lanes between Japan and southern Germany for automotive parts, machinery, pharmaceuticals, and other general cargo as demand return.
Sadami Sugimoto, Vice President of ANA Cargo Marketing and Services- EMEA said, “ANA’s return to Munich is great news and the support from our customers and partners has been overwhelming. The reintroduction of cargo flights is an important step in strengthening economic relations between Japan and Germany. We will continue to explore all opportunities and also hope to resume passenger flights before long.”
Since April 2020, 406 non-passenger cargo-only fights (carrying over 8,500 tonnes) and 64 freighters (flying over 5,000 tonnes) have been operated by the airline from Europe until March 15, 2021.
ANA plans to operate total of 518 of cargo-only flights (passenger aircraft and freighters) in the fiscal year 2020, ending in March. The carrier is currently operating passenger and cargo-only flights from Frankfurt, London, Paris, and Brussels as well as a twice-weekly B777F Freighter from Frankfurt.