Qantas have announced that it will increase the number of flights
it operates between Sydney and Japan from 5 July 2010. This announcement will result
in its present single daily Airbus A330-300 service change to a two class Boeing
747-400 as well as an Airbus A330-200 flight.
This increase will add an additional 115 seats per flight or
as a weekly figure an additional 1,256 seats to this service.
The full media release from Qantas can be read below:
Qantas today announced it would increase capacity to Japan
from July 2010*.
Executive Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said the airline would deploy a two-class Boeing 747-400
aircraft on selected flights between Sydney and Tokyo Narita to meet increased
demand and complement the Qantas Group’s two brand strategy in the Japan
operates a daily service between Sydney and Tokyo using two-class Airbus
A330-300s,” Mr Joyce said.
From 5 July, six of these services will be operated by
two-class Boeing 747-400 aircraft and the remaining one using an A330-200
increase capacity by 115 seats per flight – of which 26 seats will be Business
Class – and on a weekly basis, Qantas will add 1,256 seats on the route.”
Mr Joyce said the increased demand for travel to Japan
remains buoyant for leisure travel and is supported by a forecast for recovery
in the business travel market.
“The growth comes
on the back of increased travel to Japan by Australians, particularly in the
leisure and VFR (visiting family and friends) markets,” Mr Joyce said.
“Japan is also a
key gateway for North East Asia traffic, particularly Korea, so this additional
capacity will allow Qantas to grow this market.”
Qantas has also announced a range of sales fares to support
the increased capacity on the route. Until 16 March Qantas customers can enjoy
a return fare from Sydney to Tokyo for AUD$1,128 inclusive of all taxes for
travel between 1 June and 18 September 2010**.
operates 10 flights a week between two Australian cities – Sydney and Perth –
and Tokyo. Qantas also has daily codeshares with oneworld partner Japan
Airlines (JAL) between Brisbane and Tokyo and between Singapore and Japan.