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ANA secures Anti-Trust Immunity for expansion of Joint Venture with Lufthansa

TOKYO -- (Marketwire) -- 09/27/12 --


ANA and Lufthansa German Airlines today
announced that the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport
and Tourism (MLIT) issued antitrust immunity (ATI) to add Swiss
International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines, both Lufthansa Group
carriers, to its Japan-Europe joint venture with Lufthansa German
Airlines.

Airlines will launch joint sales initiatives and pricing products from
spring 2013. Customers will benefit from seamless transfers and better
connections also using the attractive hubs in Vienna and Zurich.
Austrian and SWISS offer the same top quality level as Lufthansa and
ANA, with both modern and innovative cabin designs and very dedicated
service concepts on board and on the ground.

Shinichiro Ito, ANA President and CEO, said: "I am delighted that we
have secured approval from the ATI to expand our Joint Venture with
Lufthansa, which effectively doubles the number of airlines involved.
We look forward to working with Swiss International Air Lines and
Austrian Airlines to offer customers greater convenience and improved
access to European destinations whilst at the same time helping to
support ANA's international expansion."

Christoph Franz, Chairman of the Executive Board & Chief Executive
Officer Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: "We are very pleased to get
regulatory approval to extend the successful cooperation between
Lufthansa German Airlines and ANA to now also include Swiss
International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines, both members of the
Lufthansa Group. With the new setup our joint customers will have
access to the leading airline network between Japan, Germany,
Switzerland and Austria."


Media Contact:

ANA Public Relations: Ryosei Nomura and Megumi Tezuka, TEL
3-6735-1111

Deutsche Lufthansa AG:
- Frank Puettmann, Head of Corporate Communications Asia-Pacific,
Phone:  6835 5951
- Boris Ogursky,Manager Media Relations, Phone:  69 696 96006



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