Japan Airlines makes it to Melbourne

Japan Airlines Chairman Masaru Onishi and Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi were on hand with the giant scissors to herald the start of the oneworld carrier’s new daily operation from Tokyo Narita to Australia’s second busiest airport. Qantas already operates the 8,172-kilometre airport pair, with it also operating a daily rotation.

  • Japan Airlines started its second route between Japan and Australia on 1 September, beginning daily flights from Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Melbourne (MEL). The 787-8-operated service becomes the oneworld carrier’s second route between the countries, joining its existing daily operation to Sydney from its biggest international hub. With the addition of the Victorian state capital, Japan Airlines now flies to 31 overseas destinations from its fourth largest airport in terms of weekly seats. Qantas will provide direct competition on the airport pair, with its existing daily operation. See how Melbourne Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world


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