Qantas Airways Adds Extra Flights to Tokyo

31st Jul 2015

The biggest Australian carrier Qantas Airways is looking to expand its presence in Japan and has today announced the launch of two new flights from Australia to Japan's capital - Tokyo.

The first flight will take passengers from Sydney to Haneda Airport in Tokyo, while the second one will take off from Brisbane and will land at Narita Airport. Both flights are scheduled for the weekend.

Chief executive officer at Qantas Gareth Evans said this marks a new era of Qantas' presence in the land of the rising sun.

Qantas CEO said:

"This significant capacity expansion has been extremely well-received by Qantas customers and especially but corporate travelers heading directly to downtown Tokyo, who can now save up to one-and-a-half hours on their airport commute by flying into or out of Haneda."

Mr. Evans continued:

"Customers travelling on the new Brisbane-Narita route can explore Tokyo or beyond with popular holiday destinations across Jetstar Japan's extensive domestic network, like Sapporo, Fukuoka and Osaka."

He finished by saying:

"We'll be working closely with our tourism partners to showcase all that Australia has to offer for the Japanese audience, and with a free-trade agreement in place we're anticipating healthy demand for travel in both directions."

Launch Celebration Plans

To celebrate the launch of the flight from Brisbane, the carrier has planned a Japanese-themed activity throughout the airport terminal. The departure of the QF61 will also be celebrated with a water cannon salute.

Traditional Japanese ceremonies will also take place at Haneda and Narita airports.

The Brisbane-Narita flight will be operated by the Airbus A330 plane. The airline has recently revamped these to include new flight entertainment, new economy seats and new lie-flat seats in the business class.

Oh, and travelers onboard these flights, as well as those in Qantas international lounges in Sydney and Brisbane, will be able to enjoy Japanese food for the first week of August on their menus. And Kit Kats, there will be green tea-flavoured Kit Kats for those with economy and premium economy tickets.