Japan Airlines (JAL) has confirmed that it will begin operating its Tokyo Haneda-Doha route from 31 March 2024.

The airline first announced its plans to operate this service last July.

This new daily service will mark the first direct flight to the Middle East by the Japanese airline. Ticket sales for the 2024 summer schedule have commenced.

JL059 will depart from Haneda at 10.50pm and land in Doha the following day at 4.40am. JL050 will then take off from Doha at 7.15am and land back in Haneda at 11.55pm.

These flights will be operated under a codeshare arrangement with Qatar Airways.

Through the international network of Qatar Airways, a member of the oneworld alliance, its passengers will be able to connect to further destinations across the Middle East, Africa, and South America from Doha.

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways resumed its nonstop service between Tokyo International airport (Haneda) and Hamad International Airport on 1 June 2023. Those flights will continue and JAL will codeshare on those as well. Alongside Qatar Airways’ Narita-Doha service, the Haneda operations increased its frequency to the greater Tokyo area from seven to 14 flights a week.

Although JAL will be deploying its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on this route, it also recently confirmed that it had taken delivery of its first A350-1000 from Airbus’ delivery centre in Toulouse, France. It begun using that aircraft on the Haneda-New York JFK route in January. JAL has ordered 31 A350 aircraft, comprising 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s. The carrier has been operating the A350-900 on high density Japanese domestic routes since 2019.