ANA boosts Sydney-Tokyo to double daily flights in March 2020

Sydney's Tokyo-bound travellers will soon be able to choose between four daily flights across three airlines.

By David Flynn, January 17 2020

ANA will shift to double daily flights between Sydney and Tokyo/Haneda from March 2020, sharpening competition against Qantas and JAL on the popular route. And these really will be daily flights.

While the current NH879/NH880 flights both run during the night, each leg of the new NH889/NH890 service will largely take place during daylight hours.

As of March 29, ANA's new twice-daily Sydney-Tokyo schedule will be:

  • NH890: departing Sydney at noon, arriving into Tokyo/Haneda at 8.30pm
  • NH880: departing Sydney at 8.55pm, arriving into Tokyo/Haneda at 5.30am

The return leg from Tokyo to Sydney offers a similar choice to suit your schedule:

  • NH889: departing Tokyo/Haneda at 8.45am, arriving into Sydney at 7.10pm
  • NH879: departing Tokyo/Haneda at 10.30pm, arriving into Sydney at 8.55am

Both flights will feature a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, where 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.

Executive Traveller review: ANA Boeing 787-9 business class (Sydney-Tokyo/Haneda)

ANA's move to a daytime service will see it go head to head against Japan Airlines, as JAL's daily Sydney-Tokyo/Haneda flight (JL772) departs at 9.15am, although the return Tokyo-Sydney leg (JL771) is a redeye (departing at 7pm and touching down at 6.50am). Both legs of Qantas' current Sydney-Tokyo/Haneda service (QF25/QF26) run overnight.

Haneda as hub

The Star Alliance member is also relocating a dozen international flights from Tokyo's more distant Narita to the relatively downtown Haneda – among them Istanbul, Milan, Moscow and Stockholm – so that travellers can more easily connect to other parts of ANA's network, which now stands at 82 international routes alongside 118 domestic routes.

“There is growing demand to visit Japan, and ANA will increase its international service just as Haneda Airport also expands to adapt for inbound Japanese tourism," said Seiichi Takahashi, Senior Vice President of ANA. “These new routes will increase the ease and convenience for passengers flying to Japan from across the world, a significant benefit of our dual hub strategy.”

More international flights into and out of Haneda will also increase "ease and convenience" for passengers on Virgin Australia's Brisbane-Tokyo/Haneda flight, which takes wing from March 2020 and counts ANA as a newly-minted partner.

Read more: Virgin Australia, ANA partner on flights to Japan

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 – see 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.

Read more: ANA reveals elegant new Boeing 777 first class, business class suites


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

24 Aug 2011

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These flights will also be VA codeshares as part of the new NH/VA alliance.

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10 Nov 2011

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This is such great news. I much prefer flying back from Asia during the day and avoiding overnight flights.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jan 2017

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I hate red eye flights between Asia and AU, primarily becasue the whole dinner process lasts for about 3 hours. Dispite I usually eat in the lounge, I can't really have a good sleep becuase of people hitting their plates, and the smell.

By the time things are done, you really will just have about 3 to 4 hours of sleep before the breakfast is served.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2017

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While it's disappointing that MEL misses out on the NH/VA action, it's however good to see that JL may fill the gap by moving MEL-NRT to MEL-HND, allowing oneworld partner QF to also operate double daily SYD-HND.

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04 Nov 2017

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Follow up to own post in light of recent JAL news and it looks like MEL misses out on the Haneda action entirely . SYD gets up to x5 daily Tokyo-Haneda flights (x2 QF, x2 NH (with VA codeshare) and x1 JL)

05 Mar 2015

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Qantas has not announced its plans for the Haneda slot yet?

08 Jul 2014

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Yes, Melbourne to Tokyo will change to Haneda this year.

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10 Jan 2012

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Currently for SYD it's 1xQF, 1xNH to HND. Soon to be 1xQF, 2xNH, 1xJL. QF may decide to allocate their additional HND slot to MEL which means MEL get's a HND and NRT route.

Smart move by ANA, I really prefer daytime flights to and from Asia these days. That's one reason I am doing CX a lot to HKG and SQ to Singapore, because I can have a daytime flight on the return.

07 Oct 2012

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Indeed smart move... Though I would say it has more to do with improving fleet utilisation than the desire to offer a daytime flight. Though, I haven't seen the timings yet to confirm that.

I think it was a condition of the new HND slots that the flights be daytime ones or at least one of the legs be daytime.

12 Dec 2012

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The flights don't have to be day time, they just have arrive/depart HND during the day slot period (6am to 10pm). The old QF SYD-NRT times of QF21/22, which are almost the same as the current QF25/26 to HND, would cover those time requirements.

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06 Nov 2014

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It's also better for NH's aircraft utilization. Currently that 787 just sits in the tarmac in SYD for the whole day wasted.

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27 Sep 2017

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Any plans to allow Velocity customers to utilize their points for upgrades to Business Class? That would be awesome!

09 Mar 2015

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Very good news, I really don't like having to do an overnight trip in both directions. It means I arrive on the first day of a business trip not feeling anywhere near my best, and then the last day drags because of the late flight back to Sydney and I land the next morning once again not at my best. I will be very interested to see ANA's daytime flight schedule because they might just win my business, although if Qantas also does a second daily daytime flight from Sydney that will be tough competition.

Virgin hasn't gone into that level of detail about the VA-ANA partnership but I certainly hope I can use my Velocity points for an upgrade or even to redeem on a business class seat.

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10 Jan 2012

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Unlikely as this isn't an option for any other partners. Not even QF allows that.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

27 Sep 2017

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Qantas allows upgrades on partner airlines. Ie LATAM

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

10 Jan 2012

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They (LA) may be an exception. QF state only QF operated and marketed flights are eligible, though from 'time to time' they allow it on QF marketed, partner operated flights. Points can't be used to upgrade on EK though for example.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

27 Sep 2017

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LA may be an exemption for QF, but unlike them VA does have the network, therefore partner agreements are essential to make their offering even more attractive.

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26 Jun 2011

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VA allows points upgrades on DL flights if booked under a VA flight number.

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15 Aug 2016

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This sounds a better option than the current QF25/26 which is in a very old 747

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Nov 2015

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As a business owner in Oz and Japan, the overnight QF into HND allows me to work a full day in, ADELAIDE..Yup, watch our quiet stealth... AND, then arise refreshed for a killer day in JP.

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11 Nov 2015

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Oh.. I forgot.

The Queen isn't any inconvenience to me.

09 Aug 2015

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I'm okay with an overnight flight as long as it's long enough to get a good sleep, which Tokyo is, and as long as I have early checkin to my hotel to shower, have breakfast and get on my way. Overnight flights on the return are okay because I can get a full day of work done in Tokyo and then relax in the lounge and really unwind ahead of the flight, then go home for a shower and breakfast and head to work. But the choice of doing a daytime flight will always be welcome.

01 Jun 2017

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ANA has already allocated 2 aircraft for doing two red eye flights originally, i.e. HND-SYD and SYD-HND. This means the aircraft arrives SYD in the morning and waits till night to depart back to Japan. By adding another daily flight, is just better utilisation of the 2 aircraft than just sitting at the airport clocking airport parking charges.

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