ANA and Air India Forge Codeshare Agreement for Enhanced Connectivity

All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Air India have announced a strategic collaboration to introduce codeshare flights starting late May. The aim is to capture a significant portion, approximately 40%, of passenger traffic between Japan and India. This move aligns with the anticipation of India’s ascent as the third-largest aviation market globally, following China and the U.S.

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The codeshare agreement will cover ANA’s Haneda-Delhi and Narita-Mumbai routes, as well as Air India’s Narita-Delhi route. Leveraging the strategic locations of Haneda and Narita airports in Tokyo, this collaboration promises enhanced connectivity for travellers.

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This marks ANA’s first codeshare arrangement with a major Indian airline in five years, following its previous partnership with Jet Airways, which ceased operations in 2019 due to financial challenges. Code sharing facilitates the sale of tickets on partner airlines’ flights, offering customers added convenience and optimizing passenger load factors for both airlines. It’s worth noting that both ANA and Air India are members of the Star Alliance. By teaming up with Air India, ANA aims to secure a 40% share of passenger traffic between Japan and India, surpassing its rival Japan Airlines, which currently holds a 20% share. ANA also has plans to leverage this partnership to expand its operations to include domestic codeshare flights within India.

India’s robust economic growth, particularly in manufacturing and technology sectors, has sparked ANA’s interest in operating codeshare flights on domestic routes connecting key cities like Bengaluru and Mumbai. These cities host a significant presence of foreign companies and attract Indian tourists to Japan. India’s aviation market has shown substantial growth, with a 20% increase in domestic air passengers in 2023 compared to the previous year, surpassing pre-pandemic levels.

The International Air Transport Association projects India to become the world’s third-largest aviation market by 2030, trailing only China and the U.S. Akitake Fujita, a partner at Boston Consulting Group, highlights the rapid growth of the Indian air travel market, with an annual growth rate of 9% to 12%, emphasizing the escalating significance of airline companies within this trend .In 2022, Air India transitioned from being state-owned to becoming a part of the Indian conglomerate Tata Group.

Notably, Air India secured a 10% share of the Indian domestic passenger traffic in 2023, placing it as the second-largest player in the country, according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Similarly, Japan Airlines has a codeshare partnership with Vistara, a joint venture between the Tata Group and Singapore Airlines.


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