West Australians with their hearts set on a trip to Japan can once again do it in a single hop, with All Nippon Airways restarting non-stop flights between Perth and Tokyo Narita from this coming Sunday, October 29.
The once-popular route, which the Virgin Australia partner first launched in September 2019, has been on ice since the early days of the global pandemic. However, like ice at the onset of spring, the time has finally come for it to thaw.
From October 29, NH881 sees wheels up from Tokyo’s Narita Airport at a cheery 11:20am every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving into Perth at 8:30pm, ready for a quick turn around.
Overnight flight NH882 then waves sayonara to Perth at 9:55pm those same three days, touching down into Tokyo at 8:30am the following day.
Star Alliance member ANA is relying on its workhorse Boeing 787 for the route, with the aircraft sporting lie-flat business class seats – all with direct aisle access – ahead of a small premium economy cabin.
The return of non-stop ANA flights to Perth means West Australians will no longer have to transit via Sydney, though the double-daily connection to Tokyo Haneda still remains an option.
What’s more, these flights can be booked with Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points thanks to the Virgin-ANA partnership, at the following one-way rates for an award seat:
- 42,000 Velocity Points for economy
- 63,000 Velocity Points for premium economy
- 78,000 Velocity Points for business
However, at the time of writing, those bookings must be made through the Velocity Membership Contact Centre on 13 18 75 (or +61 2 8667 5924), with online bookings yet to come.
If you’re flying on a paid ticket you can earn Velocity Points and Status Credits, while Velocity Gold and Platinum members also enjoy perks such as priority check-in, priority boarding and a higher luggage allowance – but not, for now, access to ANA lounges.
Those travelling via Sydney can experience the upgraded Tokyo Haneda Terminal 2 from October 29, with the newer hub boasting better baggage drop facilities and security lanes plus the airline’s flagship ANA Suite Lounge and ANA Lounge.
Several of ANA’s other international routes, including those to Singapore and Vancouver, will also switch over to Terminal 2 from the same day.