Thursday, July 16, 2015

ANA announces Haneda – Sydney.

On July 16th, All Nippon Airways [NH/ANA] announced that they will start Tokyo/Haneda [HND/RJTT] – Sydney/Kingsford Smith [SYD/YSSY] from December 11th. 215-seat (48 business and 167 economy class) Boeing 787-9s will be assigned to the route. At the same time, Japan's largest carrier also signed an interline agreement with local Virgin Australia Airlines [VA/VOZ] for onward connections and baggage handling, and is evaluating upgrading the relationship to a code-share.

Boeing 787-9 JA830A prepares for departure from Itami. This domestic-configured 787-9 seats 395, comprised of 18 Premium Class and 377 economy class. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

The outbound flight is timed late in the evening to receive feed from ANA's extensive domestic network at Haneda, while the return leg arrives early in the morning, allowing for onward domestic connections. The new services utilizes Haneda's night-time international slots.

Flight Schedule:
Haneda – Syndey/Kingsford Smith NEW 1 daily with 787-9. (Dec/11 -)
NH879 HND 2210 – 0935(+1) SYD 789 Daily
NH880 SYD 2130 – 0505(+1) HND 789 Daily

ANA first launched Aussie service in November 1987, when it started flying Tokyo/Narita [NRT] – Sydney nonstop. The outbound leg soon flew via Brisbane [BNE/YBBN] and the service operated six-times weekly until its suspension in June 1998. Meanwhile, Osaka/Kansai [KIX/RJBB] – Syndey was launched in November 1994, and operated twice weekly until March 1999. ANA's new service ends a 16-year hiatus in the Oceania market.

Business between the two nations have increased especially after both sides signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), which came into effect in January this year. ANA would become the second airline to enter the Haneda – Sydney market after Qantas Airways [QF/QFA], which is also launching the route on August 1st with a daily round-trip.

Source: All Nippon Airways, July 16th. (in Japanese)
Source: Aviation Wire, July 16th. (in Japanese)

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