All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) will both start flying between Tokyo and Vladivostok, a Pacific port city in Russia, starting next year.
Japan Airlines will offer a daily nonstop service between Tokyo-Narita and Vladivostok operated by a Boeing 737-800 aircraft starting in summer next year “to further contribute to the diplomatic relationship between the two countries”, reads a press release.
“The Company is committed to act as a bridge and contribute toward enhancing the economic development and cultural exchange within Japan and Russia,” says the airline in a press release.
Here is the summer schedule for JAL’s new Tokyo-Vladivostok Service:
|Route||Departure Time||Arrival Time||Aircraft type|
|Tokyo (Narita) – Vladivostok||11:20||14:45||737-800|
|Vladivostok – Tokyo (Narita)||16:25||17:40||737-800|
The winter schedule will be announced at a later date, according to JAL.
While ANA announced the new route on their website in a press release written in Japanese, they have not released a flight schedule for the new route yet. A spokesperson from the airline told Business Traveller Asia-Pacific that they will announce more details “once it is decided”.
For passengers planning to travel onward to domestic destinations in Russia, Japan Airlines Oneworld partner S7 Airlines (a Russian carrier) provides flights via Vladivostok, including Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Yakutsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.