All Nippon Airways (ANA) has disclosed the flight schedule for its new Tokyo-Vladivostok route, which shows the airline will fly to the Russian city twice a week from March 16 next year on an Airbus A320neo.

The Japanese carrier first announced plans to launch flights between Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) and Vladivostok International Airport (VVO) in August this year but didn’t disclose any details of the flight.

This will be the airline’s first route to Russia.

Below is the flight schedule for March 16 until March 28:

Route Flight no. Day Departure time Arrival time Aircraft type
Tokyo Narita – Vladivostok NH883 Monday 1100 1415 A320neo
Friday 1110 1425
Vladivostok – Tokyo Narita NH884 Monday 1515 1625
Friday 1540 1650

Starting from March 29, the flight times will change to the following:

Route  Flight no.  Days Departure Time Arrival Time  Aircraft type 
Tokyo Narita – Vladivostok NH883 Monday 1335 1650 A320neo
Friday 1215 1530
Vladivostok – Tokyo Narita NH884 Monday 1910 2020
Friday 1800 1910

ANA’s 146-seat Airbus A320neo is comprised of eight business class (arranged in a 2-2 pattern) and 138 economy class seats.

The airline said in a press release that the new route is part of a strategy to increase its presence in Russia.

“ANA has long targeted Russia for expansion, and we chose Vladivostok as our first Russian destination because it serves as a gateway that connects Eurasia with the Pacific,” said Seiichi Takahashi, senior vice president of ANA.

“At ANA, we aim to serve as a gateway for our passengers that allow them to reach new destinations and connect with new cultures. Our desire to offer unrivalled service and meet emerging passenger needs led us to begin service to Vladivostok,” he added.

Rival carrier Japan Airlines (JAL) also announced in August that it would fly between Tokyo Narita and Vladivostok. JAL said at the time that it would offer a daily non-stop flight on a Boeing 737-800 starting in summer next year “to further contribute to the diplomatic relationship between the two countries”.