We’ve known for a few months now that ANA is starting nonstop services between Narita and Perth. Well, today’s the day. The inaugural flight is due to touch down in Perth tonight.
The daily Boeing 787-8 service will carry 184 passengers in a three class cabin layout. There are 32 lie flat business class seats – each with aisle access, 14 premium economy seats, and 138 economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.
The flights down to Perth are daytime flights and the return flight to Narita will be through the night – making those lie flat beds look mighty attractive.
The ANA Narita-Perth-Narita schedule is as follows;
|Dep Tokyo (NRT)||NH881||Daily||11:10|
|Arr Perth (PER)||20:15|
|Dep Perth (PER)||NH882||Daily||21:45|
|Arr Tokyo (NRT)||08:25 (+1)|
Qantas used to fly several times a week between Perth and Narita, albeit in one of their 767-300 which aren’t a patch on the slick new Dreamliners. But they bailed out of the route in 2011 and bailed out of international services from Perth in general.
Since then the 100,000 plus passengers travelling between Western Australia and Japan annually have had to transit, often in Singapore or Hong Kong.
ANA’s new service is the first direct link between the two cities since 2011 and is part of a renewed push by the airline into Australia as passenger numbers between the two countries rebound.
But the bulk of the airline activity between Australia and Japan is centred on Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney. Between them ANA, JAL, and Qantas offer multiple flights to several Japanese destinations.
Right now, ANA has the Perth market to itself. It’s going to offer a handy service for those looking to jet between Perth and Tokyo. In addition, it will offer a neat one stop service for ongoing travel into North America.
Today’s flight is due to touchdown in Perth at 20:15 local time.