All Nippon Airways (ANA) will launch direct daily services between Tokyo Narita and Perth from 1 September 2019. The new route makes ANA the first Japanese carrier to fly to Perth from Japan on a regular basis.
ANA will deploy Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on the route, featuring 32 Business Class and 152 Economy Class seats.
ANA says Tokyo’s location in the Northern Hemisphere gives it a different seasonal pattern from Australia, boosting tourism appeal for travellers looking to escape winter blues or the summer heat. The flight will also appeal to business travellers, as economic ties are on the rise between Japan and Australia. ANA expects business travel will be on the uptick in years to come.
Qantas previously operated the route on a thrice-weekly basis up until 2011.
NH881 will depart NRT at 11:10 and arrive at PER at 20:15, with return flight, NH882, pushing back at 21:45 and returning to Tokyo Narita at 08:25 the following day.
“We are excited to add Perth to our list of world-class destinations, and are happy to be collaborating with Tourism Western Australia, Perth Airport and Tourism Australia,” said Seiichi Takahashi, Senior VP of ANA.
“The city is celebrated worldwide as a tourist destination and economic hub, and we look forward to making it easier to travel between Tokyo and Perth,” Takahashi added.
Tourism WA Chairman, Nathan Harding, referred to the new Japan–Australia service is a “huge coup” and a “huge win” for Western Australia.
“We estimate the flights will bring 75,799 new visitors from Japan to Perth, providing $175.5 million in new economic activity to the state through visitor expenditure, creating more than 250 jobs.
“Tourism WA will be supporting the flights with a multi-million-dollar boost in marketing activity within Japan, which will begin early in the New Year,” Harding said.
The organisation will conduct a Japan-specific industry forum in February to inform the industry about all activity planned.
“Securing direct flights from Tokyo and a developing a new market plan for Japan are key parts of Tourism WA’s two-year action plan,” Harding added.
Tickets will go on sale in mid-January.