Japan’s No.2 airline All Nippon Airways Co Ltd (ANA) has pleaded guilty to two separate charges of price fixing and has agreed to pay $73 million as criminal fine.
According to the Department of Justice, ANA had engaged in a conspiracy to fix one or more components of cargo rates charged for international air cargo shipments from at least as early as April 1, 2000, until at least February 14, 2006.
ANA was also charged with engaging in a conspiracy to fix unpublished passenger fares on tickets purchased in the United States from at least as early as April 1, 2000, until at least April 1, 2004.
According to the two-count felony charge filed on November 1 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, ANA had carried out the conspiracies by agreeing during meetings and other communications to fix certain components of the cargo rates to be charged for shipments on routes between the United States and Japan, and on unpublished passenger fares to be charged on tickets purchased in the United States. As part of the conspiracies, ANA levied cargo rates and unpublished passenger fares in accordance with the agreements reached, and monitored and enforced adherence to the agreed-upon cargo rates and unpublished passenger fares.
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