ANA Announces Start Date and Timetable for Flights to Mexico City
First Ever Daily, Direct Flights between Japan and Mexico
TOKYO, November 10, 2016 - ANA, Japan's leading airline, will launch direct flights between Tokyo's Narita Airport and Mexico's capital Mexico City beginning February 15th, 2017. ANA becomes the first airline to operate direct flights daily between Japan and Mexico, greatly increasing convenience and flexibility for business and leisure passengers between the two countries, as well as passengers from other Asian countries taking advantage of smooth transfers at Narita Airport. Mexico City becomes the 42nd international destination in ANA's wide reaching network.
The new route will become ANA's longest flight, and will be operated using a Boeing Dreamliner 787-8 to ensure that all passengers have a comfortable in-flight experience.
Mexico has signed free-trade agreements with more than 40 countries around the world including Japan and the United States, and is increasingly gaining attention as an attractive manufacturing and export hub. The economic ties between Japan and Mexico, particularly in the automotive industry, are growing stronger every year. In the five year period starting in 2010, direct investment in Mexico from Japan increased by approximately 2.7 times , while the the number of Japanese-owned companies setting up operations in Mexico roughly doubled . Economic cooperation between Japan and Mexico is expected to expand further.
“We are proud to be the first airline to operate direct, daily flights between Japan and Mexico to better serve the growing business and leisure demand between our two countries,” said ANA CEO and President Osamu Shinobe. “We hope our flight will also contribute to a closer bilateral relationship, economic prosperity and cultural exchange.”
Flights on the Narita to Mexico City route will begin on February 15, 2017 (Wednesday), according to the timetable below*.
1 Data from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
2 Data from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Contact: Wataru Yoshioka and Maho Ito, ANA Corporate Communications, TEL +81-3-6735-1111
ANA is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 84 international routes and 119 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of about 250 aircraft. In FY2015, it carried 50.8 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.79 trillion Japanese yen. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999, and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes, and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 26 million members. ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazine, and in 2016 was awarded five stars for the fourth consecutive year by the world's leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.