With respect to demand in passenger’s growth and marking the next step in its Asian growth strategy, Qantas Airline is all set to launch daily flights between Melbourne and Tokyo’s Narita Airport from 16th December 2016.
The new route will be operated by an upgraded, two-class A330-300 aircraft with 297 seats. It adds to Qantas’ popular Sydney-Tokyo (Haneda) and Brisbane -Tokyo (Narita) services, launched in 2015, and will connect travelers with the broader Qantas Group network – including Jetstar’s extensive domestic network within Japan and the Group’s services across the Tasman.
The recommencement of Qantas nonstop flights between Melbourne and Tokyo from December (Qantas last flew on the route in 2008) coincides with the withdrawal on the route of Qantas’s low-cost subsidiary Jetstar from February 25 2017. The two carriers will both serve Narita from Melbourne during the peak summer holiday period, taking advantage of the strong demand over Christmas/New Year.
Qantas International and Freight chief executive Gareth Evans said it was a boom time for tourism and business travel in the Japanese market, with visitor numbers from that country to Australia growing by 17 per cent in the 12 months to June 2016.
Melbourne-Tokyo Flight schedule:
Qantas’s QF79 will depart Melbourne at 0915 and arrive at Narita at 1730. The reciprocal QF80 will leave Tokyo at 1900 and arrive at Melbourne on 0730 the next day.
Meanwhile, 16 of Qantas’s 18 A330-200s, which are mainly used on trans-continental domestic services, have also been refurbished to date, with the remaining two expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
Currently, Qantas flies daily from Sydney to Tokyo (Haneda) with Boeing 747-400s and daily from Brisbane to Tokyo (Narita) with A330s. Jetstar will continue its nonstop flights from the Gold Coast to Tokyo (Narita) and Cairns to Narita and Osaka.
About Qantas Airlines:
Qantas is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline; it has been an associated member of oneworld airline alliance. Qantas Group provides safety and reliable air transportation service to its passengers with its two brands Qantas and Jetstar.