AirJapan, a new low-cost airline by All Nippon Airways Group, has announced its very first route. Let’s go through all the details.
First route to Thailand
AirJapan has revealed that its very first route will be to Thailand. As of 9th February 2024, the airline will operate 6-flights-a-week between Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport with the following schedule:
- Tokyo Narita-Bangkok
- Departure time: 17:55
- Arrival time: 23:15
- Flight time: 7 hours and 20 minutes
- Flight number: NQ001
- Frequency: All days except Tuesdays
- Bangkok-Tokyo Narita
- Departure time: 00:15
- Arrival time: 08:10
- Flight time: 5 hours and 55 minutes
- Flight number: NQ002
- Frequency: All days except Wednesdays
These flights will be operated by Air Japan’s Boeing B787-8 aircraft featuring 324 seats in an all-Economy configuration. The flights will depart from Narita Airport’s Terminal 1, offering convenient connections to flights operated by ANA Group airlines. Similarly, Suvarnabhumi Airport will provide easy access to both connecting flights and the urban area of Bangkok.
It is our hope that by launching AirJapan, we can showcase the very best of Japan from inside the cabin to enhance their travel journey. We are excited and eagerly anticipate welcoming passengers onboard to experience the exceptional journey that AirJapan offers.said Hideki Mineguchi, President, AirJapan.
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The airline says that it “will cater to the diverse needs of leisure and business travelers by offering a wide range of services and fare options, and aim to support the Japanese government’s target of attracting 60 million foreign visitors to Japan by 2030”. For more information regarding AirJapan’s operating model, please refer this article which I wrote a few months ago when the airline was launched.
AirJapan will offer three types of fares: Simple, Standard and Selected. The Simple fares will only include a carry on-baggage of up to 7 kilograms while the Standard fares will also include seat selection and a single check-in bag of up to 23 kilograms. The Selected Fares will also include an inflight meal (not applicable to select items).
In pre-purchase menu, a total of 13 types of meals will be available, including vegetarian and other meals that take into consideration dietary restrictions and religions, as well as menus that can be enjoyed by passengers of all ages. In cooperation with Japan’s local municipalities, AirJapan will offer an extensive lineup of meals, snacks, sweets and beverages where passengers will be able to enjoy Japan’s regional delicacies. AirJapan says that it will contribute to the reduction of food waste with packaged foods with longer shelf life and freeze-dried products.
The airline will offer free Wi-Fi to all passengers. It’s not clear whether the Wi-Fi will be unlimited or capped. Select amenities such as blankets and original goods will be available for purchase on board.
AirJapan is very similar to ZIPAIR, which operates on a similar model. ZIPAIR is a subsidiary of Japan Airlines which launched flights a few months back. It will be interesting to see how these two airlines – AirJapan and ZIPAIR – will compete.
Featured image by AirJapan
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