This post is about how Qantas launches Tokyo - Melbourne route today.
Qantas' first Melbourne-Tokyo Narita flight took off today. The new daily service was launched in response to strong demand, as travel between Japan and Australia is grows at around 20% a year.
The new Qantas route between Tokyo and Melbourne will be operated by an upgraded, two-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft fitted with Qantas' signature Marc Newson interiors.
Scroll down to read more...
MESSAGE FROM QANTAS CEO GARETH EVANS
Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the new route was the latest example of the national carrier growing its international network to meet demand and unlock opportunities for Australia in Asia.
“The clear message from our Japanese customers was that they wanted a direct link into Melbourne - so we're delighted to be opening up that gateway for them today,” Mr Evans said. “We've had a great response from Victorian tourism operators and the many companies in Melbourne who do business with Japan."
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS OUT OF MELBOURNE
Tokyo becomes the eighth international destination Qantas serves out of Melbourne. Flights from Melbourne to Christchurch began on December 4, while Qantas confirmed earlier this week that a new Melbourne-Los Angeles Qantas flight would be the launch route for its game-changing Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Features of the Qantas Airbus A330 that will fly between Tokyo and Melbourne include the latest generation of its award-winning Recaro seat in Economy, a lie-flat Business Suite that can be reclined during take-off and landing, and over 1,500 inflight entertainment options.
Qantas QF79 is set to depart Melbourne at 9:15 AM and QF80 will depart from Tokyo at 7 PM.