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All Nippon Airways: Finally we're better than Japan Airlines

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All Nippon Airways said its international flight demand, measured in terms of revenue passenger kilometer, surpassed that of rival Japan Airlines in May for the first time since March 1986 when ANA launched regular international services.

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ANA's international RPK, calculated by multiplying the number of passengers who purchased tickets by the distance they traveled, reached over 2.95 billion kilometers compared with JAL's 2.91 billion km, according to the companies.

ANA's strong performance was apparently due to solid demand for flights connecting Tokyo'sHaneda airport with Europe as well as those linking Narita airport with North America and Asia.

ANA's figure increased after it received more slots for international daytime flights at Haneda airport than JAL. Its international available seat kilometer, which indicates passenger capacity, also eclipsed that of JAL in April for the first time.

Meanwhile, JAL scrapped some routes following its bankruptcy in January 2010, due to a fall in the number of international passengers after the global financial crisis triggered by the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

ANA President Osamu Shinobe said, "This is just a passing point. We will further boost our competitiveness as competition among international airlines has been intensifying."

As for the number of international passengers, ANA's figure stood at 579,616 compared with JAL's 619,478 in May.

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