United Continental Holdings, Inc. and ANA have a trans-Pacific joint venture that was inked 4 years ago, through which United Airlines and Continental Airlines may coordinate sales and marketing with ANA and improve benefits offered to each airline's mileage program.
Through the joint venture, enabled by the U.S.-Japan Open Skies agreement and antitrust immunity granted by U.S. and Japanese regulators, the airlines can align schedules, fares, and terms and conditions for itineraries.
Combining United Continental and ANA Flights for Trans-Pacific Travel
The additional fare and schedule options will offer customers more choices and seamless booking on itineraries that combine U.S. flight segments on United or Continental; trans-Pacific segments on ANA, United or Continental flights; and flights within Japan on ANA.
The trans-Pacific joint venture connects 295 U.S. cities, 43 Japanese cities, and 11 routes between the two countries with nearly 120 flights per week. The carriers also are coordinating fares and schedules for travel to and from certain other points in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Applicable Trans-Pacific Routes
|1||Los Angeles-Tokyo Narita||ANA/UA||6||Houston-Narita||CO|
|2||Los Angeles-Tokyo Haneda||ANA||7||Chicago-Narita||ANA/UA|
|3||San Francisco-Narita||ANA/UA||8||New York-Narita||ANA/CO|
|4||San Francisco-Osaka Kansai||UA||9||Washington, D.C.-Narita||ANA/UA|
Improved Frequent-Flyer Program Benefits
United Mileage Plus and Continental OnePass frequent-flyer members will now receive the same mileage accrual benefits on ANA that they receive on United and Continental flights. Similarly, ANA Mileage Club members now receive the same mileage accrual benefits on United and Continental as they receive on ANA. Additionally, elite-level members of the United, Continental and ANA frequent-flyer programs can accumulate bonus miles on any United, Continental or ANA flight.
Premium/elite member bonus miles*
|Platinum Service||100%||1K||100%||Platinum Elite||100%|
|Bronze Service||50%||Premier Executive||100%||Gold Elite||100%|
|Super Flyer's Card||50%||Premier||25%||Silver Elite||25%|
* The bonus miles indicated above will be added to the actual flight mileage.
* For Japan domestic flights, only the segments which are included in international tickets will be applicable to the harmonized mileage accrual rates.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,100 flights a day to 374 airports across six continents. In 2013, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 139 million customers. With U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.,United operates more than 700 mainline aircraft. This year, the airline is taking delivery of 35 new Boeing aircraft, including the 787-9 as the North American launch customer, and is welcoming 32 new Embraer 175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the 13th largest airline in the world by revenues (2013) and the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 72 international routes and 115 domestic routes with a fleet of about 240 aircraft. ANA Group has 33,000 employees. In 2013, it carried 46 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.6 trillion Japanese yen. ANA has been a core 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 was awarded five stars in 2013 and 2014 by the world's leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.