Japan’s All Nippon Airways will be launching the first non-stop flights by a Japanese carrier between Tokyo and Perth, Australia starting September 1, 2019.
The airline announced the new non-stop service will start from Tokyo-Narita and Perth on a daily basis using Boeing 787 aircraft.
"We are excited to add Perth to our list of world-class destinations, and are happy to be collaborating with Tourism Western Australia, Perth Airport and Tourism Australia," said Seiichi Takahashi, Senior Vice President of ANA. "The city is celebrated worldwide as a tourist destination and economic hub, and we look forward to making it easier to travel between Tokyo and Perth."
Perth Airport chief executive Kevin Brown said the new service “will deliver a windfall gain for tourism and the broader WA economy”. “More than 60 per cent of the world’s population lives on our doorstep in Asia and Perth is closer than Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to 17 of Asia’s top 20 most populated cities,” he said.
“That’s the enormous potential WA needs to tap into and this new flight is the latest evidence we’re having an impact.”
The service will bring back regular service to the route, which was served by Qantas up to 2011.