Thursday, July 14, 2016

ANA to increase flights between Tokyo and Vietnam’s largest city

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will double the frequency of its flights between Tokyo and Ho Chi Minh City to two flights per day starting Oct. 30.

Pending approval from relevant authorities, ANA plans to add a second daily flight between Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT) and Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) in Vietnam.

Existing flights leave Narita at 6:30 p.m., arriving in Vietnam at 10:45 p.m. Return flights leave SGN at 11:55 p.m., arriving in Tokyo at 7:55 a.m. the next day. The new flights will leave NRT at 7:30 p.m., arriving at SGN at 12:30 a.m. the following day. Return flights, which start Oct. 31, will depart Ho Chi Minh City at 7:30 a.m., arriving in Tokyo at 3:10 p.m.

ANA Dreamliners at Haneda Airport as ANA sets to expand service to Ho Chi Minh City
Two ANA Dreamliners at HND
The existing flight schedule allows passengers to transit both to and from flights between Narita and North America, a route for which passenger demand is high, the airline said in a statement.

The schedule for the new flights will greatly improve convenience for passengers traveling from Japan, and will create more opportunities for passengers from Ho Chi Minh City to transfer at Narita to and from North America.

As a result of the additional flights, the number of U.S. cities accessible from NRT within three hours of arriving from Ho Chi Minh City will increase from four to 10, which includes flights operated by ANA as well as its joint venture partner United Airlines (NYSE:UAL), the carrier said.

ANA will use a Boeing (NYSE:BA) 767-300ER on the new route. The aircraft will have 35 Business Class seats and 179 Economy seats. According to SeatGuru.com, Business Class seats are 20 inches wide with 50 inches of pitch while the Economy seats are 17 inches wide with 31 inches of pitch.

ANA has been working to strengthen its dual-hub airport model for the greater Tokyo area ever since the number of international takeoff and landing slots at Haneda Airport (HND) was increased in the spring of 2014. ANA has positioned HND, which lies just south of the central city on Tokyo Bay, as a hub for transfers between international and domestic flights. Narita, which is approximately 80 kilometers east of the city, is the for international-to-international transfers for passengers traveling between North America and Asia via Japan.

Going forward, ANA plans to further improve and expand its network of international flights to maximize passenger convenience, the carrier said.

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