BERLIN: Qatar Airways announced yesterday that it will begin daily flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND), the airline’s third destination in Japan commencing from June 18, 2014. The airline will offer non-stop flights from its hub in Doha operating with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Haneda will be Qatar Airways’ third route to Japan following Osaka, which began in March 2005 and Tokyo Narita in April 2010. Both Osaka and Tokyo have currently non-stop daily operations.
“The airline has pursued aggressive growth in the Asian market to cater to the demand of our business and leisure passengers,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.
“Haneda is a key gateway into the city of Tokyo that will offer passengers a second option to arrive into making it more convenient.
“Just 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 currently operates to 24 destinations in Asia. The addition of the third route to Japan further secures the airline’s hold in its already blossoming growth in the region, with Asian destinations making up approximately 18 percent of the airline’s overall route map.
One of the key features of the airline’s offering is the short connecting times when transiting on to other destinations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
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 will begin operations to and from Haneda Airport (HND) as per below schedule effective 18 June 2014:
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 136 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
Over the next few months, the network will grow further with new routes being launched to Philadelphia, USA (April 2), Larnaca, Cyprus (April 29), Istanbul Sabiha Gِkçen Airport, Turkey (May 22), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28), Miami, USA (June 10) and Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1).
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