DOHA: Qatar Airways Thursday announced it will begin daily flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND), the airline’s third destination in Japan.
The non-stop flights on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from its hub in Doha will start from June 18 this summer, Qatar's national carrier said today.
Haneda will be Qatar Airways' third route to Japan after Osaka, launched March 2005 and Tokyo Narita in April 2010.
Osaka and Tokyo are currently non-stop daily operations.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said, "The airline has pursued aggressive growth in the Asian market to cater to the demand of our business and leisure passengers."
"Haneda is a key gateway into the city of Tokyo that will offer passengers a second option to arrive into making it more convenient."
"Last year we launched four new destinations in Asia; Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Clark International Airport in the Philippines, as well as Chengdu and Hangzhou in China."
Haneda International Airport is one of the two major airports that serve the Greater Tokyo area.
In 2012, Haneda was the second busiest airport in Asia with more than 66 million passengers.
Qatar Airways will operate a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Haneda Airport in a two-class configuration, with 22 Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats.
Qatar Airways currently operates to 24 destinations in Asia.
The addition of the third route to Japan further boosts its growth in the region with Asian destinations making up approximately 18 percent of the airline's overall route map.
The daily schedule to Haneda effective June 18, 2014 is:
QR810 Departs DOH 0735 hrs Arrives HND 2325 hrs Travel time: 9 hrs 50 min.
QR811 Departs HND 0100 hrs Arrives DOH 0600 hrs Travel time: 11 hrs. (QNA)