Japanese airline ANA will begin offering private jet charter flights connecting to scheduled services between Japan and North America and Europe through its new ANA Business Jet Co Ltd subsidiary starting July 2, 2018.

The new company – a partnership between ANA and Sojitz Corporation – aims to organise charter flights connecting onto scheduled services operated by ANA, with the first phase comprising the establishment of connecting charter flights at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

ANA flies twice per day between Tokyo and Chicago, and three times a day between Tokyo and Los Angeles.

Passengers will also be able to arrange direct charter flights from Japan to overseas destinations through ANA Business Jet Co Ltd, while concierge services such as ground transportation, and hotel and restaurant arrangement, will also be offered.

“By offering charter flights connecting to ANA scheduled services, travel time will be drastically shortened providing our customers with convenience, comfort and privacy,” said Jun Katagiri, CEO of the new subsidiary.

Back in March, ANA signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with business jet firm Honda Aircraft Company that would see the company’s aircraft used for feeder flights connecting to scheduled services at the airline’s main hubs in North America and Europe. The new subsidiary is intended to build upon that agreement.

Rival carrier Japanese Airlines launched its own private jet charter offering, JAL Falcon Business Jet Service, together with Dassault Falcon in April last year, initially offering charter services to European and African destinations.