Australia’s insatiable travel appetite for Japan shows no sign of slowing. With that in mind, ANA is giving even more opportunities to visit ‘the land of the rising sun’, boosting its Sydney-Tokyo schedule from 10-times weekly to double-daily as of March 26.
While the current daily flights run during the night in both directions, each leg of the new second service will largely take place during daylight hours.
The reveal coincides with the Star Alliance member teasing its long-awaited return to Perth. Although expected to begin in March, those Tokyo-Narita flights will now take off in the airline's Northern Winter schedule, which takes effect at the end of October.
From March 26, the twice-daily Sydney to Tokyo schedule will be:
- NH880 will see wheels up from Kingsford Smith Airport at 9:45pm, with touchdown at 5:25am.
- NH890 takes off at a cool 12:55pm, landing into Haneda Airport at 8:30pm.
The return leg offers a similar choice to suit your schedule:
- NH879 departs Tokyo at 10:20pm, and arrives in Sydney at 9:55am.
- NH889 jets off from Tokyo at 8:55am, touching down at 8:30pm.
All flights feature the airline’s workhorse Boeing 787, which offers a very comfortable lie-flat business class ahead of a small premium economy cabin. In true Japanese style, the onboard catering is an experience worth relishing.
Business class passengers bound for Sydney have access to the ANA Haneda Business Class Lounge. Located on level four of the airport, near Gate 110, the space is an excellent base to freshen up and tuck into some made-to-order noodles before the flight.
On the local front, ANA says it’s keen to continue developing its Virgin Australia relationship, which it describes as having “the mutual goal of both airlines serving as the bridge between Australia and Japan with the highest levels of customer service.”
This is expected to include reciprocal status benefits from earning Velocity Points and status credits on selected ANA flights to redeeming Velocity Points on ANA flights, and well as status-based perks including priority check-in, boarding and baggage handling for Velocity Golds and Platinum members, and access to ANA’s business class airport lounges.
A likely launchpad for this will be the start of Virgin Australia’s new daily flights between Cairns and Tokyo from June 28.