Lufthansa-ANA joint venture seeking to add new partners

Germany-based air carrier, Lufthansa and Japan-based air carrier, ANA, are looking to add new members to their existing joint venture to increase service routes between Europe and Japan.

Business Traveller said reported that the two firms are seeking antitrust immunity to add Swiss and Austrian, Lufthansa Group carriers, to the existing joint venture. The existing venture was formed after the carriers were granted immunity last summer and the agreement came into full force this April. Now the joint venture is seeking to expand by adding new partners.

Making a statement on the development, ANA said that the four carriers would launch sales initiatives and plan to launch joint sales and pricing products from spring 2013. ANA is expecting the move to expand its international network by 22 percent during 2012-13.