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March 1, 2018

NCA and ANA Agree to a Strategic Business Partnership ~ To continue contributing to Japan's economic development ~

TOKYO, March 1, 2018 – Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance both, the service and the corporate value of the two airlines by building a strategic business partnership.

The three key elements of this partnership which will give added value to NCA's and ANA's customers, and will provide them with seamless logistics experiences are:

1. Code Share
Within the first half of the fiscal year 2018, NCA and ANA plan to add codeshares to each other's flights(*). The codeshares will offer a broad network of flights and a wider range of choices to the partner's customers, allowing seamless and convenient connections with outstanding Japan-quality service, and especially leveraging the synergy effect of NCA's Boeing 747 freighter operation to North America and Europe and ANA's Boeing 767 operation to China and Asia and ANA's plans to introduce Boeing 777 freighters will further increase the customer choice.

2. Block Space
Through this partnership, the two airlines plan to expand the existing interline and block space agreement, with the aim to effectively utilize each other's cargo space and provide a reliable and convenient connection service.

3. Maintenance Support
Finally, the MOU includes a maintenance support agreement, by which ANA will allocate maintenance resources to support NCA's operation. The agreement will enable active sharing of knowledge and enhancement of the technical abilities of both carriers.

With this new partnership, NCA and ANA hope to provide their customers access to a large global freight network, highest quality of service, and convenient and flexible choices, responding to the growing demand.

*Subject to the authorization of the relevant authorities.

About NCA
Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) was founded in 1978 as the sole airline in Japan dedicated to freighter operation, and now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK). NCA operates the world's largest new generation freighter aircraft - the Boeing 747-8F, together with the Boeing 747-400F, serving 15 major cities in Asia, America and Europe in its worldwide on-line network from its Tokyo Narita (NRT) hub. NCA's philosophy is to support international relations through the transportation of air cargo and contribute to the progress of societies, economies and cultures around the world.

About ANA
Following the "Inspiration of Japan" high quality of service, ANA has been awarded the respected 5-Star rating from SKYTRAX for 5 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 116 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 52.1 million passengers in FY2016, 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.

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