ANA Launching Manila-Tokyo Boeing 787 Service

All Nippon Airways is set to introduce a second daily flight between Manila and the Japanese capital of Tokyo beginning on March 30, 2014. The new service to Tokyo Haneda will utilize the airline's Boeing 787-8 aircraft giving the Philippines its first permanently scheduled Boeing 787 service.

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The 787 flight will complement ANA's existing daily service between Manila and Tokyo Narita that is operated using a 214-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. The new flight to Haneda Airport is a direct answer to the competitive threat posed by Philippine Airlines that is also set to launch its own twice daily flights between Manila and Haneda on March 30.

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Located near the centre of Tokyo, Haneda Airport is a preferred gateway for business travellers offering ease and convenient access to the city centre. It is also a popular airport for leisure travellers. The ANA flight to Haneda will depart for Manila at 9:55am arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 1:30pm. The return flight to Tokyo will depart Manila at 2:40pm arriving at Haneda at 7:55pm. All flights will be operated out of NAIA Terminal 3 using the 222-seat Boeing 787-8 aircraft that is configured with 42 Business Class and 180 Economy Class seats. It will be the first permanently scheduled service to Manila to be operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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Philippine Airlines was previously in talks with ANA over a possible investment that would see the Japanese carrier assuming part of Lucio Tan's stake in PAL. However, Ramon Ang, President of PAL, indicated last month that the investment talks had been shelved and that the two airlines were pursuing a possible code-share partnership.

Flights between the Philippines and Japan are set to increase this year after the successful re-negotiation of the Japan-Philippines air services agreement. Cebu Pacific will also be launching its first direct flights between Manila and Tokyo on March 30, 2014. All Nippon Airways was the launch customer and first operator of the Boeing 787 aircraft.

1 comment:

  1. I think, there is something wrong in this article. From March 30, it is the B767 will operate Haneda-Manila route. The B787 will follow by May 2014. Meaning, the B787 will not be seen first in a month (March 30-April 30) and soon it will appear in NAIA by May.



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