Austrian Airlines added Japan to its network on 15 May when it commenced flights to Tokyo Narita from Vienna, with the Japanese airport celebrating the arrival of the first flight the following day. The Star Alliance member will serve the 9,151-kilometre sector between Austria and Japan five times weekly using its 777-200 fleet.
- Austrian Airlines returned to the Japanese market on 15 May, the day which saw the Star Alliance member resume flights between Vienna (VIE) and Tokyo Narita (NRT) after a two-year gap. “We had to terminate flights on the route to Tokyo back in 2016 due to the economic downturn and the currency decline in Japan,” commented Stephan Linhart, Senior Director Sales Austria & Slovakia, Lufthansa Group. “Now market conditions are significantly better. There is potential for this flight service once again and we are very pleased that we can return to Japan so quickly.” The carrier will offer five weekly flights between the Austrian and Japanese capitals, with it planning to utilise its 777-200s on the 9,151-kilometre sector. The carrier has stated that it hopes to carry 57,000 passengers by the end of 2018 on the route according to its press release. When referencing OAG schedules, the carrier will offer 72,222 two-way seats on the city pair between 15 May and the end of 2018, which based on its passenger flow forecast means that carrier will be hoping to achieve an average load factor of 79% this year. No other carrier presently flies between the two cities.