Air carriers to expand in Japan

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The US Departments of State and Transportation reached an agreement that will allow UPS and other air carriers to expand air operations to and from Japan.

The US and Japanese delegations worked many years to reach this agreement.

The agreement provides UPS the authority to operate six daily flights between the United States and Nagoya, Japan, in addition to its daily service to Tokyo and Osaka.

"Nagoya is the fourth largest city in Japan, and offers UPS opportunities to continue expanding its business in Asia," said Malcolm Berkley, public relations manager with UPS public affairs.

"UPS will be able to connect these flights to its new air hub in Shanghai, China," Berkley continued.

The new access that comes with this will allow UPS to better serve customers in Japan and around the world and gain an even stronger hold in the region, he said.

UPS will first need to obtain a proper place to open a hub and conduct service in Negoya and will need to reroute its air network.

Berkley said he expects everything to be in place by the summer of 2008.

UPS has operated in Japan since 1987 and transitioned to a wholly owned international express delivery operation in 2004.

The company's operations cover 15 metropolitan areas. In each of these it offers express delivery, customs brokerage and supply chain management services. UPS currently offers 47 weekly flights to and from Tokyo and Osaka.

Japan is one of the more than 40 countries and territories UPS serves in Asia.

The company operates air hubs in Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines. It has plans to formally open its hub in Shanghai in 2008.

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