AirJapan, by ANA, has announced it’ll launch service to Singapore Changi from Tokyo Narita from April 26, 2024, making it the airline’s third route.
AirJapan will operate service between Narita and Singapore as NQ3/NQ4 with departure from Narita at 1735 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, thus equating to a 5x weekly flight.
Arrival in Singapore will occur at 2355, departing only one hour later at 0055 the following day. These departures from Singapore will occur on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The aircraft will touch back down in Tokyo Narita at 0910.
This flight has been timed optimally for launch when the second aircraft arrives in April.
AirJapan has also said that flights towards Bangkok and Seoul (Incheon) will be increased to daily promptly. However, this will be mainly permitted when aircraft arrive.
The airline will exclusively operate with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, with destinations in Asia initially being announced. These Boeing 787s are also configured in all-economy, with 324 seats crammed in on the 787-8.
ANA’s Answer To ZipAir
The Japanese aviation sector has substantially heated up recently, especially following Japan Airlines’ launch of ZipAir, a low-cost subsidiary essential to allowing JAL to venture into new markets, compete with more airlines, and offer a more attractive price model.
However, fierce Japanese competitor ANA did not have a venture it believed could offer a similar service. Thus, the launch of AirJapan can be viewed as a response to these developments.
Additionally, analysts would argue that the birth of AirJapan will also aid ANA in competing with companies such as Scoot. This low-cost alternative, part of the Singapore Airlines Group, has shaken the Asian sector, and some companies have been forced to catch up.
AirJapan is expected to commence service to Bangkok six times a week starting February 9, 2024, and flights to Seoul five times a week from February 22, 2024.