After first reports from the Nikkei Asian Review surfaced regarding a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and All Nippon Airways (ANA), the two full service carriers have announced it will proceed with their plans to increase connectivity on both their networks.

Subject to government approval, the new joint venture will widen the cooperation between the Tokyo and Singapore based Star Alliance airlines covering destinations in Australia, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Should the joint venture plans get approval from both governments (Singapore and Japan), both airlines will be able to better coordinate on marketing, setting fares, and flight schedule.

"ANA is excited about strengthening its ties with Singapore Airlines, a fellow Star Alliance member that shares our passenger-oriented philosophy and has also distinguished itself as a true global leader in service and convenience," said Yuji Hirako, President and CEO of ANA. "We have worked closely with Singapore Airlines for many years and we are excited to take this partnership one step further. The joint venture will help ANA and Singapore Airlines build upon their reputation for superior service, further differentiating both airlines from the competition."

"This proposed joint venture underscores our commitment to the important Japanese market and our valued partner ANA," said Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines. "Through this partnership, customers would be able to enjoy increased flight frequencies and travel convenience, and access the strong connectivity at both the Singapore and Tokyo air hubs, while enjoying the industry-leading products and services ANA and SIA are renowned for."

The new joint venture will the first with a Star Alliance carrier from Southeast Asia. ANA currently has joint ventures with United and Lufthansa. Singapore Airlines has joint ventures with Air New Zealand, Lufthansa, and SAS.

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