Japan Airlines will transfer its Tokyo-Moscow route from Domodedovo Airport to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport in the summer of 2020.
The airline said in a press release that “Sheremetyevo international airport is known for its accessibility to Moscow’s city center and has a modern infrastructure that provides a high level of service for passengers”.
JAL says it has flown between Tokyo and Moscow for 53 years and now offers daily non-stop flights between Tokyo and Moscow. The flight departs Narita International Airport (NRT) at 10:45 and arrives at Domodedovo Moscow Airport (DME) at 15:00. The return flight, on the other hand, departs DME at 17:15 and arrives at NRT at 08:35.
JAL flies a Boeing 787-8 on this route which has a seating capacity of 186 seats, with 30 business class seats and 156 economy class seats. The business class product is the JAL Sky Suite which offers what the airline describes as fully-flat beds that “provide ample leg room”. The bed width and length are 65 cm by 188 cm and the seats are laid out in a 2-2-2 arrangement.
The airline says that once the relocation is complete in 2020, it plans to start a codeshare partnership with Aeroflot.
The Japanese flag carrier has also announced frequency changes to its Tokyo-Moscow route. Currently, the airline offers seven flights per week on this route. This will change between January 14 and February 29 next year, as the carrier will operate four flights per week instead. However, the carrier will return to offering seven flights per week starting March 1 until March 28, 2020. The four flights will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. A spokesperson from JAL told Business Traveller Asia-Pacific that the changes in the schedule beginning January are a response to the market’s seasonal demand in those two months. Last year, the airline also adjusted the frequency on this route.
JAL also said it would decrease flight frequency on its Tokyo Narita-Ho Chi Minh City route from seven to four weekly flights between October 27 and until November 29 this year. The flights will operate on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
It will also reduce frequency on its Tokyo Narita-Jakarta route from November 12 to December 13 this year from seven to four flights per week. Flights from Tokyo Narita to Jakarta will be scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, while the return flights will be operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Earlier this year, the Japanese flag carrier said it would start flying between Tokyo and Vladivostok, a Pacific port city in Russia, next year. Japan Airlines will offer a daily nonstop service between Tokyo-Narita and Vladivostok operated by a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.