Qantas Brisbane to Tokyo Narita
With celebrations in the check-in hall, as well as ribbon-cutting in the departure lounge, Qantas re-started direct connections to Japan from Brisbane. On hand with the scissors were: Yoko Yanagisawa, Consul General of Japan; Honourable Kate Jones, Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games; Peter Collyns, Qantas Regional General Manager for Queensland and Papua New Guinea; Julieanne Alroe, Brisbane Airport Company CEO and Managing Director; and Graham Quirk – Lord Mayor of Brisbane.
- Qantas made the switch of its Sydney (SYD) to Tokyo service on 31 July, with daily operations to Haneda (HND) replacing the previously flown sector to Narita. The 7,812-kilometre service will continue to be operated by the airline’s 747-400 fleet, and will face no direct competition, however Japan Airlines will provide indirect competition on the Narita to Sydney airport pair, with its daily 777-200 operation. The following day, presumably utilising the slots freed up from the Sydney service switch, Qantas began daily A330-300 flights from Brisbane (BNE) to Narita (NRT). The 7,142-kilometre sector will face no direct competition. In honour of the first direct, full service flight to Japan from Brisbane since 2010, the airport (BAC) created a Japanese inspired area featuring a traditional Zen garden with Torri gate entrance, a wishing wall, origami table, temple statues, lanterns and bamboo screening for travellers to enjoy. The daily services will provide 62,000 seats per year (both directions), creating a critical connection between Queensland and Japan. Julieanne Alroe, BAC CEO and MD, praised Qantas for the new service saying it will help to reinvigorate a long and valuable relationship between the two countries. “Japan and Queensland have an incredibly strong tie; sharing excellent and well established tourism and business relationships. Japan is Queensland’s second biggest trading partner and Queensland remains the highest aspirational Australian destination for Japanese travellers. The return of a full service carrier direct to Japan is a win for travellers, for business, for Queensland and for the economy.” See how Brisbane Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.