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Friday, 17th February 2012
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All Nippon charts increase in overseas flight capacity

The Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced plans to increase its international operations by almost a quarter in the next two years.

Adopting a new strategy, ANA aims to raise its overseas capacity by 22 per cent by launching new routes to international destinations, AFP reported.

As part of the plans, the airline will create new flight routes from Narita airport in Tokyo to both Seattle and San Jose in the US.

Announcing the plans for the next two fiscal years, the company said it was intending to "strengthen ANA against a backdrop of global economic uncertainty, the ongoing sovereign debt crisis in the eurozone, high oil prices and fluctuating foreign exchange rates", the news agency quoted.

Earlier this week, the carrier's main domestic rival Japan Airlines (JAL) revealed plans to expand its fleet with the purchase of new planes from American aeronautical company Boeing.

JAL has placed an order for ten new 787 Dreamliners, planes that were first flown in Japan by ANA.

Written by Mark Smith