Posted on: Saturday, December 21, 2002
United, All Nippon enter flight agreement
|United Airlines and All Nippon Airways will begin jointly operating flights between Osaka and Honolulu, the companies announced yesterday.
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The code-share agreement, which goes into effect March 30, will allow United to resume service between Honolulu and Kansai International Airport in western Japan for the first time since October 1998, according to a statement released jointly by the two carriers.
United is attempting to slash its operating costs after filing for bankruptcy protection Dec. 9.
The troubled U.S. airline's aircraft sit idle on the tarmac at Kansai every night after landing from San Francisco. Under the new agreement, those planes will operate the daily round trip to Honolulu, the statement said.
ANA will suspend the use of its own aircraft and instead allocate them to its Osaka-Shanghai route, where it plans to double the number of flights, it said.
In a code-share agreement, carriers sell tickets on each other's flights and offer reciprocal perks, such as frequent-flier miles.
The two airlines are partners in the global Star Alliance airline network. Friday's announcement brings their total number of international code-share routes to 18.