Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ANA resumes Haneda – Nagoya.

On October 26th, All Nippon Airways (NH/ANA) launched once-daily Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT) – Nagoya/Chubu Centrair (NGO/RJGG) service, resuming the link connecting Japan's third largest metropolitan area with the capital after a hiatus of 32 years (ANA to resume Haneda – Nagoya in October.). It will be operated by 166-seat (eight Premium Class and 158 economy) Boeing 737-800s. ANA operated between Haneda and Nagoya/Komaki (NKM/RJNA), the city's older airport, until June 1982.
Boeing 737-881(WL) JA78AN prepares for the inaugural departure from Haneda. (Photo: Aviation Wire)

The inaugural flight, NH085, departed at 1830 from Haneda's Spot 71 with a load of 159 passengers. It was operated by 737-881(WL) JA78AN. Although the first flight was near full, bookings for flights after that currently remain "very vacant," according to Takashi Shiki, Executive Vice President at ANA's Sales and Marketing, who was present at the inaugural departure ceremony. Mr. Shiki stressed the need to promote the new route.

Flight Schedule (Oct/26/2014 - Mar/28/2015):
Haneda – Chubu Centrair NEW 1 daily with B737-800.
NH085 HND 1825 – 1930 NGO 73H Daily
NH086 NGO 0750 – 0850 HND 73H Daily

The morning flight from Chubu Centrair to Haneda will feed ANA's extensive Europe routes that depart from Haneda in the daytime hours (ANA's Summer 2014 international expansion.), while the evening Haneda to Chubu Centrair flight is timed to pick up passengers from the return legs from Europe.

"Our customers in Nagoya had been telling us that our newly-expanded international network at Haneda was difficult to access. We also want visitors from other Asian countries to visit Nagoya when coming into Haneda, for example when the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics take place," said Mr. Shiki. "If we start it, we won't stop it. That's the ANA rule. We'll continue to fly the route for years to come," he added.

ANA also operates twice-daily Tokyo/Narita (NRT/RJAA) – Chubu Centrair service with either 166-seat Airbus A320s or 126-seat 737-500s (both all-economy), which are timed to feed the airline's international routes at Narita. Load factor for FY2013 was 75.3%, above the system-wide average of 73.9%. Meanwhile, archrival Japan Airlines (JL/JAL), which already operates Haneda – Chubu Centrair twice daily using 737-800s (either 165 seats or 144 seats), saw load factor for the route at 61.0%, below their system-wide average of 64.0%.

Reference: Aviation Wire, October 27th. (in Japanese)

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