22 Jul '11, 5am

ANA and AirAsia to set up low-cost carrier

TOKYO - All Nippon Airways (ANA), Asia's biggest listed carrier, will form a low-cost airline with Malaysia's AirAsia to expand budget-fare services in North-east Asia. ANA will take a 51 per cent stake in the venture, with Asia's biggest discount carrier owning the rest, the companies said in a joint statement yesterday. The new airline will operate as AirAsia Japan out of Narita Airport, Tokyo's main international gateway, from August next year. The carrier will serve both the domestic Japanese market and international routes in North-east Asia with flights to South Korea, Taiwan and mainland China, AirAsia said in a separate statement. ANA's other low-fare venture, Peach Aviation, would not be based at Narita and would not compete with the new venture, AirAsia said. ANA agreed earlier this year to form Peach Aviation with Hong Kong-based First Eastern Investment Group. ...

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