AUSTRALIANS now have another flight option for reaching Tokyo with the first Qantas service between Melbourne and Tokyo’s Narita Airport departing on December 16.
The daily hop, which will use upgraded Airbus A330-300 aircraft featuring a two-class cabin with Qantas’ signature Marc Newson interiors, departs Melbourne at 9:15am and leaves Narita at 7pm for the return journey south.
The new service takes the number of seats the Flying Kangaroo offers on Japanese routes to 6,000 every week following the launch of new Sydney-Tokyo Haneda and Brisbane-Tokyo Narita routes in 2015.
Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the latest addition to the airline’s route map was the latest example of the airline growing its international network to meet demand and unlock opportunities in Asia.
“The clear message from our Japanese customers was that they wanted a direct link into Melbourne so we’re delighted to be opening up that gateway for them today,” Gareth says.
“We’ve had a great response from Victorian tourism operators and the many companies in Melbourne who do business with Japan.”