Emirates to add Tokyo Haneda service

28 Jan 2013 by BusinessTraveller

Emirates is to add daily non-stop flights to Tokyo’s Haneda airport from June 3, its third Japanese destination.

The carrier will serve Tokyo's convenient Haneda airport with a three-class B777-200LR aircraft, featuring eight first class suites, 42 angled lie-flat business class seats and 216 seats in economy.

Flight EK312 will depart Dubai at 0935, arriving into Haneda at 0001 the following day, with the return leg EK313 leaving Tokyo at 0130 and landing back into Dubai at 0705. Japan Airlines will codeshare on the new Dubai-Haneda route.

Emirates launched flights to Osaka in 2002, followed by Tokyo’s main international airport Narita in 2010.

Haneda serves as Tokyo’s principal domestic airport, but restrictions on international services were lifted in 2010 (see online news March 29, 2010). Several carriers launched new routes to Tokyo’s close-in airport, although progress was slowed by the devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan in March 2011.

Virgin Atlantic recently announced plans to switch its Tokyo flights from Narita to Haneda in 2014 (see online news September 17, 2012), while in November last year the US Department of Transportation approved Delta's plans to fly between Seattle and Haneda from this spring (see online news November 16, 2012).

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Report by Mark Caswell

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