Qantas will launch daily direct flights between Melbourne and Tokyo in December, resurrecting a route axed in 2008 due to rising fuel costs.
The flights will run on an Airbus A330 fitted out with Qantas' latest Business Suite business class (below) to and from Tokyo's Narita Airport.
Narita Airport sits some 65km to the east of Tokyo but is linked to the city by two high-speed trains, the Narita Express and the Skyliner, with travel times from 40 minutes to one hour from A$24 to $34 depending on which train you catch.
Flight QF79 will depart Melbourne at 9.15am to arrive into Tokyo's Narita Airport at 5.30pm; the QF80 return leg will leave Tokyo at 7pm for a 7.30am touchdown into Melbourne the following day.
Tickets for the flights are now on sale, with Classic Award seats available from Saturday morning at 35,000 Qantas Points for one-way economy and 72,000 Qantas Points for one-way business class.
Jetstar to axe Melbourne-Tokyo
Low-cost sibling Jetstar flies Melbourne-Tokyo four times a week on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but will axe those flights from late February 2017 – after both Qantas and Jetstar make the most of the summer travel season – and hand the route over to the red-tails.
"We’re delighted to be stepping up our commitment to the Japanese market at a boom time for tourism and business travel,” said Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans, in announcing the new service.
The Australia-Japan travel market has ticked up in recent years, with Qantas also opening a new Brisbane-Tokyo route, while Japanese carrier ANA last year resumed flights between Tokyo and Sydney after a 16 year absence.
Japan Airlines is also said to be close to making a decision on launching Melbourne-Tokyo flights, however when contacted by Australian Business Traveller the airline declined to comment.
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