ANA Announces Big Flight Cancellations

Daniel Fowkes
02 Nov 2023
· Airlines 
A synchronised pair of All Nippon Airbus A321NEOs. Nearest is JA138A which is about to taxi out on flight NH31 / ANA31 to Osaka. Behind is JA135A which is taxiing in on flight NH678 / ANA678 from Hiroshima. Haneda International Airport Tokyo, Japan 21st March 2019

ANA has been forced to remove flights in 2024 from its schedule as it continues to see implications from the ongoing Pratt & Whitney engine crisis.

Breaking Down The Cancellation

As a result, 30 flights per day between January 10 and March 30, 2024, will be cancelled.

This will be applied across domestic and international services with the expectation that a flight reduction across the network will come in at 3.6%.

ANA says they’ve been given no choice following instructions from Pratt & Whitney over their PW1100G-JM engines.

An overview of the domestic and international route percentage cuts in 2024.

ANA will see cuts, therefore, right across its network, with high-frequency routes taking the biggest hit.

The carrier says this is thanks to the already increased nature of the operation and, thus, where services can be spared in favour of a more robust operation to other destinations.

Prioritising Safety Above All Else

ANA says it’s prioritising the safety of its customers above all else. The carrier will, therefore, monitor the ongoing situation.

With monitoring, it’ll address and apply any appropriate measures that may be required.

ANA further announced that the operational impact of the inspections from March 31, 2024, will be provided in the FY2024 business plan, revealed at the end of January 2024.

The Pratt & Whitney Crisis

The ongoing Pratt & Whitney crisis has impacted customers right around the world.

ANA joins a list now of customers that have been forced to alter its schedule. This is a list that continues to grow and continues to see frustrations emerge globally.

These alterations are to accommodate the inspections that’ll take place across Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft types.

The Airbus narrowbody aircraft are powered by PW1100G-JM engines that, are the key focus of the crisis and need to be inspected.

Unfortunately for ANA, all 11 A320neos and 22 A321neos currently in its fleet will need to be inspected.

The airline can almost see itself thankful that it doesn’t fly more units. If it did, it would undoubtedly negatively impact its network for longer.

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