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Japan's All Nippon Airways to Fly Dreamliner on Sydney-Tokyo Route

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | July 17, 2015

Japan's All Nippon Airways to Fly Dreamliner on Sydney-Tokyo Route

Photo courtesy All Nippon Airways

Japanese airline All Nippon Airways will begin operating daily flights between Sydney and Tokyo with Boeing 787-9s later this year, the Australian Business Traveller reported.

ANA will launch the service and begin competing with Australia's flag carrier Qantas Dec. 11.

The Australian Business Traveller reported tickets for the new service are expected to go on sale as soon as next month. 

The carrier's Dreamliner will depart from Tokyo's Haneda Airport at 10:10 p.m. local time and arrive in Sydney at 9:35 a.m. local time the following day. The return flight will depart Sydney Airport at 9:30 p.m. and arrive in Tokyo at 5:05 a.m. the next day. 

Customers traveling the route will fly on ANA's international Dreamliner, which features 215 total seats comprised of business class, premium economy and standard economy. 

Each of the four dozen business class seats feature direct aisle access as well as the ability to convert to a fully flat bed. 

With only 21 seats dedicated to premium economy flyers, more than two-thirds of the seats are located in economy. But ANA's economy class on the Dreamliner is nothing to sneeze at, as seats feature a 34-inch pitch as well as AC sockets and USB ports.

It's worth pointing out that ANA boasts the world's largest fleet of Dreamliners and operates both 787-8s and 787-9s. The airline made headlines earlier this year when it introduced an eye-catching Star Wars livery on one of its 787-9s. 

ANA's return to service on the Sydney-Tokyo route comes nearly two decades after the carrier pulled out of the route. Since 1999, Qantas and Japan Airlines have served the popular route. 


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