Sojitz Corporation


New ANA Business Jet Co., Ltd. to Begin Its Business in July

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Jun. 28, 2018
Sojitz Corporation

TOKYO, June 28, 2018 — ANA HOLDINGS INC. (ANA HD) and SOJITZ CORPORATION (Sojitz)  announced today the establishment date of July 2, 2018(*1) for ANA Business Jet Co., Ltd., naming Jun Katagiri as chief executive officer. ANA Business Jet Co., Ltd. will organize and arrange for charter flights flown by private jets, as well as other related services for its customers.

“We are honored to provide passengers a new and enhanced travel experience,” said Katagiri. “By offering charter flights connecting to ANA scheduled services, travel time will be drastically shortened providing our customers with convenience, comfort, and privacy.”

ANA Business Jet Co., Ltd. will organize and arrange for charter flights connecting to scheduled ANA services, mainly bound for North America and Europe. In the initial phase, connecting charter flights will be available at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. ANA operates double daily services between Tokyo and Chicago and triple daily services between Tokyo and Los Angeles.

Japanese executives, for the time being don’t have convenient access to private jet solutions already existing in North America and Europe, and the aim of the new company is to introduce such efficient and convenient options, for them to be able to even benefit from their travel time working or relaxing in a comfortable and private atmosphere. In addition, ANA Business Jet Co., Ltd. can also arrange for direct charter flights from Japan.

With the strength of ANA's global network, which comprises 85 routes to 43 cities, and Sojitz's expertise in travel by private jet, the new company will offer a new and enhanced traveling experience to its passengers.


About the New Company

Name ANA Business Jet Co., Ltd.
Establishment Date July 2, 2018
Capital 200 million yen (ANA HD: 51%, Sojitz: 49%)
CEO Jun Katagiri

Jun Katagiri's career in the airline industry has spanned almost 40 years. In particular, Katagiri specializes in the corporate sales and business travel sectors of the industry.

During his time at All Nippon Airways (ANA), Katagiri was named the head of corporate sales, where he greatly contributed to the expansion of ANA’s international network. He had the opportunity to work out of the ANA Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and executive offices. During his time at these offices, Katagiri built strong connections between external stakeholders.

Contact: +81-3-3503-8110 (From July 2, 2018)
Headquarter: 1-18-6 Cross Office Uchisaiwaicho, Nishi-Shimbashi, Mintato-ku, Tokyo

(*1) Sales for charter flights are planned to start from August.

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About ANA:
Following the “Inspiration of Japan” high quality of service, ANA has been awarded the respected 5-Star rating from SKYTRAX for six consecutive years starting in 2013. Additionally, ANA has been recognized by Air Transport World as “Airline of the Year” three times in the past 10 years - 2007, 2013 and 2018, becoming one of the few airlines winning this prestigious award for multiple times.

ANA was founded in 1952 with two helicopters and has become the largest airline in Japan, as well as one of the most significant airlines in Asia, operating 85 international routes and 119 domestic routes. ANA offers a unique dual hub model which enables passengers to travel to Tokyo and connect through the two airports in the metropolitan Tokyo, NARITA and HANEDA, to various destinations throughout Japan, and also offers same day connections between various North American, Asian and Chinese cities.
ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint venture partnerships with United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines.
Besides the full service and award winner carrier ANA, the ANA Group has two LCCs as consolidated subsidiaries, Vanilla Air Inc. and Peach Aviation Limited. The ANA Group carried 53.8 million passengers in FY2017, has approximately 39,000 employees and a fleet of 260 aircraft. ANA is a proud launch customer and the biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

About Sojitz Corporation:
Sojitz Corporation was formed out of the union of Nichimen Corporation and Nissho Iwai Corporation, both companies that boast incredibly long histories. For more than 150 years, our business has helped support the development of countless countries and regions. Today, the Sojitz Group consists of approximately 400 subsidiaries and affiliates located in Japan and throughout the world, developing wide-ranging general trading company operations in a multitude of countries and regions.
As a general trading company, the Sojitz Group is engaged in a wide range of businesses globally, including buying, selling, importing, and exporting goods, manufacturing and selling products, providing services, and planning and coordinating projects, in Japan and overseas. The Group also invests in various sectors and conducts financing activities. The broad range of sectors in which Sojitz operates includes those related to automobiles, plants, energy, mineral resources, chemicals, foodstuff resources, agricultural and forestry resources, consumer goods, and industrial parks.

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