ANA boosts Sydney-Tokyo flights

Sydney-Tokyo will now see five flights per week from the Star Alliance member.

By David Flynn, October 21 2021
ANA boosts Sydney-Tokyo flights

November 1 is quickly becoming a landmark date for landlocked Australians, with the country's international travel ban lifting and New South Wales becoming the first state to remove quarantine requirements for those who've been fully vaccinated against Covid.

ANA is the latest airline to add flights from that date, as part of a broader push in response to global demand trends as more countries shrug off the coronavorus shroud and throw open their borders.

From November 1, the Star Alliance member will move to five flights per week between Sydney and its Tokyo/Haneda hub.

That's still down from the doubly-daily service which ANA intended to run from March 2020, but we're in "one step at a time" territory, and the airline intends to rebuild towards that goal.

The airline tells Executive Traveller that flight NH879 will connect Tokyo to Sydney each Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; the return leg NH880 is slated for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday

At the time of writing, ANA has assigned its Tokyo-Sydney flights to a Boeing 787-9, but suggests this could change to the smaller Boeing 787-8 "depending on aircraft availability, as we did for our October flights."

ANA's Dreamliners feature contemporary forward-facing business class seats in a 1-2-1 layout provide direct aisle access for every passenger.

ANA's Boeing 787 international business class.
ANA's Boeing 787 international business class.

ET review: ANA Boeing 787-9 business class (Sydney-Tokyo)

And if your onward journey takes you to London or New York, keep an eye out for ANA's upgraded Boeing 777-300ER flagships sporting the airline's latest first class suites and business class seats.

ANA’s all-new Boeing 777 first class suites, christened The Suite, have been inspired by luxury Japanese hotels, with a luxury dark wood finish throughout the cabin.

Sliding doors offer privacy, while a 43-inch 4K monitor which takes up the entire wall provides a ‘personal IMAX’ experience when it comes to inflight entertainment.

Meanwhile, the business class seats – dubbed The Room – get privacy doors and, in place of a seat, a wide sofa-style bench which runs the full width of the business class compartment.

The seat folds down to a fully flat bed dressed with a bespoke seat mattress and bedding in partnership with Nishikawa.

The Room has been “inspired by modern, multifunctional Japanese living spaces”, the airline says, with several discrete areas for stowing all manner of personal items.

Also read: How to get your Australian international Covid vaccination certificate

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

Total posts 684

The Room business class suite appears to be one of the more innovative personal cocoon areas we've seen, of late. Nice presentation. Good to see a mildly aggressive 5 flights a week Haneda-Sydney service, to start with.  

Glad to see them back.

Gonna need Japan back open and the ability to cash in some VA points before I can get excited

29 Oct 2018

Total posts 3

Indeed, this is really only currently useful for onward travel from Haneda.

Japan still closed to tourism, and very restricted exemptions for other purposes:

A step in the right direction nonetheless.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

27 Feb 2015

Total posts 10

I am booked SYD CGD and FRA SYD in Z next April, have a 6 hour layover in Tokyo. Hopefully we will actually have something to do, tantalising to be so close to the best Sushi breakfast in the world. Fare was only 5.5k which feels more than fair for airline ranked number 3 by Skytrax (FWIW). 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Jan 2017

Total posts 15

Amazingly, no tourist are allowed to travel to Japan still.
Why the increase in frequency, it's not like we have tens of thousands of Aussie expats in Japan desperate to return.

01 Aug 2020

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Hi David, did ANA give any idea of when they will open stock up?

I have not seen any change and I'm one of the few who can actually take advantage of this.


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