SMEs get travel perks from ANA, United Airlines

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ALL Nippon Airways (ANA) and United Airlines have launched a travel program to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam when their employees travel on business.

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The two airlines launched the Asia Joint Venture (JV) Simple program, a complimentary corporate travel program that will give SMEs discounts on air travel originating from these markets to destinations in North, Central and South America.

“SMEs play a vital role in our local and regional economies, comprising 90 percent of businesses in the Asia-Pacific region and accounting for 60-80 percent of jobs and 30 percent of total exports,” said Alison Espley, United’s managing director for Japan and Pacific sales.

“We’re delighted to support SMEs with this new program,” she said.

The program gives SMEs in these countries access to a comprehensive trans-Pacific network through United and ANA that connects to over 227 destinations in the US as well as Central and South America, enabling SME employees to enjoy far more convenient travel.

Unlike other corporate programs, Asia JV Simple places no limits on a company’s revenue in order to qualify for the scheme, enabling more SMEs to benefit.

SME travelers will receive additional benefits on United such as premier status, lounge access and upgrades, and they can also earn award miles by joining United’s MileagePlus frequent flyer program.

Meanwhile, Mitsuo Tomita, ANA’s vice president for marketing and sales Asia, said, “We believe that this program will prove highly popular with our current and future SME customers, who represent an important section of the global business community.”

“The Asia JV Simple program supports them by making the comprehensive networks of our two airlines easier than ever for them to access. This will make business travel a breeze for SMEs, and contribute to their growth potential,” Tomita said.

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