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Lotte Duty Free is estimated to have posted a net profit of 500 million won (US$463,649.85) in Vietnam last year, the first at its overseas outlets, according to news reports on Feb. 14. . 

TOKYO -- ANA Holdings will invest about 1.7 trillion yen ($15.9 billion) over the next five years to introduce labor-saving technologies and purchase aircraft needed to expand international service.

The investment target for fiscal 2018 to fiscal 2022, announced Friday, represents a roughly 30% jump from the previous five-year period."Aside from purchasing aircraft, we will make strategic investments in areas like cutting-edge technology," President and CEO Shinya Katanozaka said at a news conference that day. ANA's interim business plan through fiscal 2022, released Feb. 1, calls for expanding its international route network and improving technological capabilities.

The Tokyo-based company, the parent of All Nippon Airways, plans to invest 390 billion yen in fiscal 2018 and anywhere from 310 billion yen to 355 billion yen per year from fiscal 2019 to fiscal 2022. Excluding the 353 billion yen estimate for fiscal 2017, the company has invested less than 300 billion yen in recent fiscal years. ANA also operates the budget carriers Peach Aviation and Vanilla Air.

Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways' main rival, will invest an average of about 220 billion yen from fiscal 2018 to fiscal 2020, according to its midterm plan released last year. Since JAL used public funds to rebuild itself from bankruptcy, the government placed limits on activities like investment until last spring. ANA plans to firm up its lead in capacity and service by outpacing JAL in investment.

ANA will spend around 200 billion yen per fiscal year on aircraft-related investments. In addition to Airbus A380 superjumbo passenger jets, ANA is expected to buy Boeing 777s for use as cargo planes between Japan and North America."I want to strengthen European operations since we have received complaints about supply gaps," said Yuji Hirako, president and CEO of All Nippon Airways.

ANA is also actively investing in the latest technologies. "I want to improve competitiveness and the work environment by using such technology as machine translation and robotic suits," said Katanozaka. The airline is also considering the use of artificial intelligence to assist call centers and self-driving vehicles in airports. In addition, a new training center for pilots and cabin crew will be built. The challenge is to generate profits amid the spending spree. In fiscal 2022, the last year of its midterm plan, ANA expects sales to grow 27% from its fiscal 2017 forecast to 2.45 trillion yen and operating profit to rise 38% to 220 billion yen. Yet the operating margin would come to 9%, lower than the 9.3% target for fiscal 2020 set in its previous five-year plan.

Source: ASIA Nikkei

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Lagardère Travel Retail has named experienced company executive Przemek Lesniak as its new Pacific region CEO

Sydney-based Lesniak replaces Matthieu Mercier in the role, who is returning to Paris to assume a new position as Chief Operating Officer Travel Essentials and Food Service at Lagardère Travel Retail France.

Lesniak has worked for Lagardère Travel Retail for more than 17 years in various positions across Poland, France and Australia and moved to Sydney in July 2016 to become General Manager of Travel Essentials.


Reporting in to Chief Operating Officer Emmanuel de Place, Lesniak has experience working across a range of commercial projects and has played a key role in developing the region’s travel essentials and duty free business. As a graduate of Warsaw School of Economics, he brings a depth of knowledge to the role in the fields of finance, retail and operations. Commenting on the appointment, de Place said: “We are delighted to have someone of Przemek’s calibre and experience to move seamlessly into this role.

“He is very qualified and I’m confident that he’ll continue to strengthen and grow the business in the Pacific region. “I would also like to thank Matthieu Mercier for his leadership, enthusiasm and contribution he has made to our Pacific business over the past six years, which has included significant development in strengthening the presence of the group’s activities in the region”. Lesniak added: “Having been in the Pacific for 18 months now, I’m thrilled with this opportunity as it’s an exciting region to be working in.

“I’m looking forward to leading adaptable, fast-learning and passionate teams and using my experience to drive the strategic vision and growth strategy to grow the business even further in the region”.


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