Flights will be operated 4 times a week with A330'S.Qantas will begin direct flights from Brisbane to Tokyo’s Narita Airport from August next year as part of the airline’s expansion of services into Japan. This new direct service will operate four times a week and complement a new direct daily Sydney-Haneda service.*
Qantas will also fly to Narita on three alternate days from another Australian port, which will be finalised shortly, meaning the airline will offer double daily services to Japan. In total, Qantas will add more than 4,000 seats per week across 14 return flights between Australia and Japan on a combination of B747 (to Haneda) and A330 (to Narita) services.
The announcement was made at Qantas’ Brisbane Heavy Maintenance Facility where Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman inspected work on the first of 28 Airbus A330s to be fitted with new class-leading interiors. It follows Qantas’ recent confirmation that it had obtained peak time slots to operate daily services to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport in addition to its existing slots to Narita. The extra capacity comes as departures from Australia to Japan have grown 17 per cent in the past year.
The extra flying time has been made possible through improved aircraft utilisation. Mr Joyce said the new direct service from Brisbane to Japan was a coup for Australian travellers as well as for the local economy. “We are delighted to offer Qantas customers a choice of four weekly services from Brisbane to Tokyo beginning in August next year,” Mr Joyce said.
“This is great news for Brisbane customers wanting to visit Japan but it’s also great news for tourism because it makes Queensland even more accessible to Japanese travellers.