ANA has announced a new nonstop route between Tokyo and Perth, starting in September 2019.

The daily service will operate from Tokyo’s Narita International airport, with flights departing the Japanese capital at 1110, arriving into Perth at 2015. The return leg will leave the western Australian city at 2145, landing back into Tokyo at 0825 the following day.

The route will be served with B787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, configured with 152 economy seats and 32 in business class.

The move will make ANA the first Japanese carrier to fly nonstop from Japan to Perth on a regular basis.

The airline said that Japan’s location in the northern hemisphere “gives it a different seasonal pattern from Australia, boosting tourism appeal for travellers looking to escape winter blues or the summer heat”, adding that the route will also appeal to business travellers “as economic ties are on the rise between Japan and Australia”.

Commenting on the news Seiichi Takahashi, Senior Vice President of ANA, said:

“We are excited to add Perth to our list of world-class destinations, and are happy to be collaborating with Tourism Western Australia, Perth Airport and Tourism Australia.

“The city is celebrated worldwide as a tourist destination and economic hub, and we look forward to making it easier to travel between Tokyo and Perth.”

The new service will bring to 45 the number of international cities served by ANA, with a new route to Vienna commencing in February 2019.