Just over a week after Dubai-based carrier Emirates announced its A380 service to Tokyo Narita would return towards the end of March – replacing its existing Boeing B777-300ER – another Middle-Eastern airline is set to change equipment on its own service to the Japanese capital.
Starting July 1, Qatar Airways will be replacing its B787-8 Dreamliner with its A350-900 on its direct Doha-Tokyo Haneda service. Business Traveller Asia-Pacific was alerted to the change by industry website airlineroute.net and confirmed on the carrier’s timetable.
The A350 will be deployed on flights QR0812 and QR0813, offering economy class passengers approximately one inch more width and pitch in its seating than Qatar’s current B787 product. Meanwhile, Qatar Airways’ new business class seat product, which will be implemented across the airline’s fleet in A350s and B777s, is set to be unveiled in March at ITB Berlin, group chief executive Akbar Al Baker told Business Traveller last week.
The Tokyo Haneda equipment change is not the only one Qatar Airways has announced recently. In December, the carrier announced it will be upgauging to an A380 on its Melbourne route starting June 30.
Details of the Doha (DOH)-Tokyo Haneda (HND) service are as follows (all times local):