Thai Airways has announced the launch of a three-times-weekly direct service between Bangkok and Japanese city Sendai. The route will begin service on October 29 this year.

The outbound flight to Sendai is a redeye, while the return flight is during the daytime. The flight schedule is shown below:

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Day
TG626 Bangkok (BKK) Sendai (SDJ) 2350 0730 +1 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
TG627 Sendai (SDJ) Bangkok (BKK) 1115 1605 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

A Boeing 777-200 aircraft will be deployed on the route, with 30 seats in Royal Silk Class (the airline’s business class) configured in a 2-2-2 layout, and 279 seats in economy class.

Sendai will become Thai Airway’s sixth destination in Japan, along with Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo. Business Traveller Asia-Pacific recently reported that the Thai carrier will increase flight frequencies on its Bangkok-Fukuoka route from July 13 this year.

Sendai is in the centre of the Tohoku region and is the largest city in northeastern Japan. Located 300 kilometers Northeast from Tokyo, Sendai can be reached within one and a half hour from the Japanese capital by Shinkansen, Japan’s high-speed rail system.

Thai Airways has launched promotional fare for the new route. The discounted airfare for a round-trip will start at THB13,420 (US$430) per person and at THB12,820 (US$411) per person for those who travel in a group of four or more passengers, including taxes and surcharges. Reservations must be made and tickets must be issued by August 31 for travel between October 29 and December 20 this year.

According to the Japanese-language news website Aviation Wire, the Thai carrier once launched the Bangkok-Sendai route in December 2013, operated with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 26 seats in business class and 263 economy seats. However, it was suspended in March 2014.

Currently, passengers can fly from Sendai Airport to four international destinations within the Asia-Pacific region, including Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei.