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UCH, ANA launch transpacific joint venture
United Continental Holdings and All Nippon Airways announced April 1 the launch of their transpacific joint venture, though which “United Airlines and Continental Airlines may coordinate sales and marketing with ANA and improve benefits offered to each airline’s frequent flyers.” UCH President and CEO Jeff Smisek said the JV “will offer travelers greater choices, convenience and flexibility for their transpacific travels.” It was enabled by the US-Japan open skies agreement and antitrust immunity granted by US and Japanese regulators.