Today Qantas has launched the 1st direct service from Brisbane to Tokyo Haneda with lots of colors, optimism, and some happy-looking pilots.
Departing from Brisbane today, Qantas said flight QF61 is the 1st direct connection between Brisbane and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) by any airline. It replaces the Qantas airline service to Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) and will cut passenger commutes into Tokyo city by more than 1 hour.
The services will operate three times weekly, departing Brisbane Airport at 11:50 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving at Haneda at 20:00. The return leaves HND at 2130 on the same days and is due back in Brisbane at 07:35 the following morning. Time to get the show off the ground
Its A330-300s are configured for 297 passengers, containing 28 Business Suites with lie-flat beds and 269 economy seats. Qantas has 10 A330-300s (one inactive) and 18 A330-200s (four inactive) in its fleet of 125 aircraft. Its other long-haul aircraft are 11 Airbus A380s and 11 Boeing 787-9s, with 12 A350-1000s on order for the ultra-long-haul Project Sunrise flights. Today’s flight was operated with an Airbus A330-200, registration VH-EBO by happy-looking flight crew members.
Qantas service from Brisbane to Tokyo
Today’s flight is the 1st Qantas airline service from Brisbane to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport since the suspension of Narita flights in November 2021. The last flight was on November 13th 20222, when the 2004 Qantas A330-300 registration VH-OPG covered the route in 8:50 hours. While commuters will get from Haneda to central Tokyo quicker, today’s QF61 will take about the same time to get from Brisbane to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
Qantas airlines now have over twenty return flights weekly from Australia to Japan, including flights service between Sydney Airport (SYD) and Brisbane to Tokyo Haneda. Putting the 3rd leg on the stool, Australia’s flag carrier will restart Melbourne (MEL) -Haneda’s new services start from the next year March 2023. Adding more Australia – Japan capacity, the group’s low-cost carrier Jetstar, operates from Cairns (CNS) to Tokyo Narita and Osaka Kansai (KIX) and the Gold Coast (OOL) to Tokyo Narita. Passengers headed for other domestic destinations can connect through Qantas’ partner airline, Japan Airlines.
Similarly, the early coming of inbound flights to Brisbane will connect with Qantas’ extensive domestic and regional network, increasing tourism opportunities in Queensland and the rest of Australia. Qantas regional general manager for Asia, John Simeone, told that pre-COVID Japan was 1 of the most popular destinations to Australian visitors and demand for Tokyo flights service has bounced back strongly.
75 years of flying between Australia and Japan
“Qantas airlines has a long history of serving the Japanese market, and, later in December 2022, we’ll be celebrating 75 years of flying between Australia & Japan. We’re so happy to make on this legacy by connecting Japanese travelers to the Sunshine State [Queensland] once again.”
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Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff told
There are so many connections direct between Brisbane and Tokyo, including tourism, education, and business, plus a healthy dose of visiting friends and family traffic. Another will be added in 2032 when Brisbane hosts the Summer Olympic games, most recently hosted by Tokyo in the last year 2021, although they are referred to as the 2020 Olympics. Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff said that since the 1980s, the Japanese market has been important to Queensland, with its flow of travelers, students, and business travelers.
“The restart of direct flights service between Toyko to Brisbane will once again open this pipeline to support jobs and the local tourism industry, with travelers spending up right across the state. We also know Japenese love Queensland beef, so these flights will be carrying fresh produce from across this state directly into the heart of Tokyo.”
The Haneda flights are supported by Queensland’s AU$200 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, jointly funded by the state’s 4 international airports and the state government.
The 1st Qantas airlines flight to Japan was on December 18th, 1947, from Sydney to Hofu in Yamaguchi. That fight was on a Lancaster that took 27 hours and 21 minutes to get the six passengers and 1,200 pounds (544 kilograms) of mail to Japan.
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