ANA will push back the launch of its second daily Sydney-Tokyo flight to April 25, while also reducing its Perth-Tokyo service to three flights per week.
The Star Alliance member and newly-minted Virgin Australia partner planned to adopt a 'double daily' service between Sydney and Tokyo's Haneda Airport from March 29, sharpening competition against Qantas and JAL on the popular route.
And while the current NH879/NH880 flights both run during the night, each leg of the new NH889/NH890 service was to largely take place during daylight hours, based on the following schedule:
- NH889: departing Tokyo/Haneda at 8.45am, arriving into Sydney at 7.10pm
- NH890: departing Sydney at noon, arriving into Tokyo/Haneda at 8.30pm
However, as part of a worldwide reduction in flights, ANA is delaying the launch of NH889/NH890 until April 25.
Reduced demand will also see the Perth-Tokyo flight trimmed to three days each week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Several other Tokyo/Haneda flights, often using new Haneda Airport slots made available as part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics campaign, have also been postponed, including flights to New York, Chicago, San Jose, Honolulu, Frankfurt and Milan.