Qantas launched its double daily services between Australia and Tokyo, Japan this weekend. Qantas flight QF25 departed from Sydney to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, followed by the departure of QF61 from Brisbane to Narita Airport. Customers travelling on the new Brisbane-Narita route can explore Tokyo or beyond with popular holiday destinations across Jetstar Japan’s extensive domestic network, like Sapporo, Fukuoka and Osaka.
Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the almost doubling of capacity to Tokyo marked a new era for the national carrier’s presence in Japan in the wake of a growing Australia-Japan travel market.
“We’ll be working closely with our tourism partners to showcase all that Australia has to offer for the Japanese audience, and with a free trade agreement in place we’re anticipating healthy demand for travel in both directions,” added Mr Evans.
Launch celebrations commenced at Brisbane International Airport Saturday 1st of August with Japanese-themed activity throughout the terminal and a water cannon salute to mark the departure of QF61.
Traditional Japanese ceremonies marking Qantas’ new Tokyo – Australia services took place at both Narita and Haneda Airports later that evening.
Qantas’ Brisbane-Narita launch flights will be operated by the airline’s refurbished A330 aircraft, with lie-flat seats in Business, brand new Economy seats and new inflight entertainment. The refit of these aircraft, which takes one month each, is being done at Qantas’ heavy maintenance facility in Brisbane. These aircraft are being introduced progressively onto Asian routes.
To celebrate the launch of the new Japan services, customers onboard flights departing to Narita and Haneda and in Qantas International Lounges in Sydney and Brisbane will be treated to Japanese-inspired menus for the first week of August, including Tuna Tataki Nigiri in Business, and Green Tea flavoured Kit Kats in Premium Economy and Economy.
Qantas has today launched sale fares to Tokyo, with return Economy fares available to Narita from $799 and to Haneda from $899 until 10 August 2015, unless sold old out prior. Selected travel dates and days apply. For terms and conditions and to book, visit http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/flights-japan/au/en.