Etihad Airways will fly daily between Abu Dhabi and Tokyo from April next year.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline was the first Middle Eastern carrier to launch operations to the Japanese capital in March 2010, and with five direct weekly flights to Tokyo’s Narita airport. The daily service, which commences on 2 April 2013, will be operated using a two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 242 seats – 22 in business class and 240 in economy.
In-flight services will be tailored to the Japanese market, including special menu items, Japanese language in-flight entertainment content and Japanese cabin crew.
“Since launching, we have been proud to say that we were the first Middle Eastern carrier to operate to Tokyo, and as expected there has been a high volume of traffic on the route, particularly from business travellers,” said James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President & CEO.
“Japan has been, and will continue to be, a key market for Etihad Airways and we look forward to playing an integral role in strengthening ties between the two countries. Abu Dhabi’s tourism offering has also developed rapidly in the past two years, and we believe there are significant opportunities to grow the Japanese leisure travel market as well.”
The daily flights will depart Abu Dhabi at 2150, arriving in Tokyo at 1300 the following day. The return service departs Narita airport at 2150, arriving back into the UAE capital at 0435.