Japan Asia Airways to cease operation; ANA to Taiwan

According to Chinatimes reports filed on 26OCT07, the revision of latest Japan-Taiwan bilateral air agreement allows ANA and JAL to operate Taiwan service under their own name, which was the main request by the Big-2 in the latest revision.

This means JAL’s subsidiary, Japan Asia Airways/JAA, will cease operation after 32 years in service.

The deal also includes all Taiwanese carriers will be able to fly charter service to Japan, 5th freedom rights between Osaka and 1 point in US for Taiwanese carrier.

Japan Asia Airways was established in 1975 under the political pressure from China, to ensure JAL Group maintain its presence in Taiwan while it flies to China. ANA is using its domestic subsidiary Air Nippon/ANK for Taiwan service since 1994.