Friday, October 17, 2014

ANA adds Haneda – Hong Kong midnight flight.

On October 16th, All Nippon Airways (NH/ANA) announced that they will add a second Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT) – Hong Kong (HKG/VHHH) round-trip from December 20th. The new red-eye flight will depart Japan's capital after midnight and arrive at Hong Kong in the early hours, enabling onward connections, while the return leg from Hong Kong also leaves after midnight for an early morning arrival back in Haneda, allowing for connections on to ANA's extensive domestic network.
Boeing 767-381/ER JA606A FLY! PANDA preparing for departure at Haneda. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

Japan's largest carrier will initially operate the round-trip on Mondays, Saturdays, and Sundays, bringing it up to daily from March 9th, 2015. 214-seat (35 business and 179 economy class) Boeing 767-300ERs will be assigned. ANA used to fly a similar flight until October 2010, when the current new international terminal at Tokyo's preferred airport near downtown opened and the airline moved the flight to daytime hours.

Flight Schedule (effective December 20th):
Haneda – Hong Kong from 1 to up to 2 daily with B777-200ER/B767-300ER.
NH1249 HND 0125 – 0525 HKG 76W/763 Mo/Sa/Su *Daily from Mar/9.
NH859 HND 0855 – 1255 HKG 772 Daily
NH1250 HKG 0105 – 0555 HND 76W/763 Mo/Sa/Su *Daily from Mar/9.
NH860 HKG 1425 – 1915 HND 772 Daily

The additional flight is possibly a response to Hong Kong-based LCC Hong Kong Express Airways (UO/HKE) (d.b.a. HK Express) adding a second flight into Haneda from November 18th. Operating 174-seat Airbus A320s, the growing carrier is also adding Tokyo/Narita (NRT/RJAA) from December 8th. ANA Holdings' wholly-owned subsidiary LCC Vanilla Air (JW/VNL) is also launching Narita – Hong Kong on November 2nd (Vanilla Air works out details for Hong Kong and Kaohsiung.), increasing the service to double daily from February 21st.

ANA also operates two daily from Narita, while Japan Airlines (JL/JAL) operates a single flight each from Haneda and Narita. Cathay Pacific Airways (CX/CPA) is the market leader with five from Narita and two from Haneda. Delta Air Lines (DL/DAL), which currently operates a single round-trip from Narita, will be ending the service on October 24th.

Reference: Minkei News Hong Kong, October 17th. (in Japanese)

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