All Nippon Airways to Start Using Non-Japanese Pilots
TOKYO (AP) _ All Nippon Airways Co., Japan’s second largest airline, said Tuesday it will start using non-Japanese pilots because it has too few pilots for a planned increase in flights and routes.
Isamu Eto of ANA said a total of 150 non-Japanese pilots would serve the airline by 1996 under an agreement signed in May with Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services, an Australian company that will send the pilots.
Eto said 40 non-Japanese pilots from Ansett will start flying on a daily Tokyo-Sydney route in February.
Non-Japanese pilots eventually will be assigned to domestic routes, too, Eto said.
He said ANA will inaugurate new routes early next year between Tokyo and Shanghai, China, and Frankfurt, Germany.
In addition, ANA plans to expand international flights by 20 percent under a five-year plan that runs through March 1996.
Eto said ANA has 1,500 Japanese pilots for 120 planes, including 70 Boeing 767s and 20 Boeing 747s.
Japan Airlines, the nation’s biggest airline, has been using non-Japanese pilots since 1954. JAL now has 1,567 Japanese pilots and 56 non-Japanese pilots.