Qantas’ first flight between Melbourne and Tokyo takes off


Qantas bestows another gift on the booming tourism industry of Australia – a new daily flight between Melbourne and Tokyo Narita.

The airline launched the new service as a response to the growing demand of the tourists between two countries. In fact, the travel between the two countries grows at approximately 20% per year. So, the new service, which took off on Friday, December 16, for the first time, is going to be a welcoming addition to handle the influx of travellers.

Qantas will link the inbound flights on the new route to their Australian domestic network so that people landed in Australia face no problem flying to other cities like Perth, Adelaide, and Hobart. On the other hand, the domestic network of Jetstar in Japan will serve the travellers taking the outbound flights.


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Gareth Evans, the CEO of Qantas International, said that the new route marks the airline’s continuous expansion of international network. He hoped that it would create opportunities for Australia in the Asian market.

Mr. Evans said that they responded to the demand of their Japanese customers for a direct flight to Melbourne. He also added that the responses from Melbourne companies that do business with Japan and Victorian tourism operators were overwhelming.

An upgraded Airbus A330-300 will operate the flights in the new route, which took the weekly Qantas seats on Japanese routes to 6,000. The national carrier has two other Japanese routes, Sydney-Tokyo Haneda and Brisbane-Tokyo Narita, which were launched in 2015.

Mr. Evans hoped that they would be able to capitalize on the influx of travellers on these new routes. He said that the Qantas Group would likely to lead in that market after the execution of the new Free Trade Agreement.


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Featuring Marc Newson interiors, the Airbus A330 will serve the passengers with over 1,500 entertainment options, a lie-flat Business Suite, and the airline’s award-winning Recaro seat in Economy Class.

Qantas currently serves eight international destinations from Melbourne, the capital of Victoria. The number will add up when it will launch a direct route between Melbourne and Los Angeles.

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