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ANA banking on its new Asia Cargo Hub

Date Posted: 2009-10-29

The roar of jet engines at Naha International Airport intensified Monday night as air cargo freightliners began landing at All Nippon Airways’ new Asia Freight Center.

Giant aircraft began the late evening landings from Narita, Haneda, Chiba and Osaka Airports in Japan, lining the tarmac alongside other freighters inbound from Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei and Bangkok, disgorging their cargo at ANA’s new cargo center. Hundreds of cargo pallets and air crates were maneuvered around, reloaded on other aircraft, then sent on their way to eight airports only hours later early Tuesday morning, with those aircraft expected to return to their home bases well before dawn.

The ANA Asia Cargo Center is expected to begin turning a profit within two years, says ANA President of Cargo Operations, Shinichiro Ito. ANA has set a total sales target at ¥100 billion a year. “Asian economies, including China, are expected to expand over the medium and long terms,” according to Ito. “We intend to ensure future growth of our cargo transport business by using Okinawa as our hub,” he adds. Okinawa’s Governor, Hirokazu Nakaima, predicts the business will be invaluable in promoting Okinawa’s economy.

Aircraft will make the round trips each night from the foreign and mainland Japan airports, swap cargoes, then return, all in fewer than six hours on the ground at ANA’s Air Cargo Center at Naha Airport.


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