To celebrate the launch of All Nippon Airways’ first flight from Tokyo Narita to Kuala Lumpur on 1 September there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by some traditional musical entertainment. The route will be operated daily by the Star Alliance carrier but faces competition from three other carriers; AirAsia X, Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.
- All Nippon Airways on 1 September launched a new long-haul service from its Tokyo Narita (NRT) hub. The Star Alliance carrier now serves the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur (KUL) with daily flights using its 787-8s. The 5,406-kilometre route is already served by AirAsia X (daily flights), Japan Airlines (daily flights) and Malaysia Airlines (10 weekly flights). ANA now serves 31 international destinations in 14 countries non-stop from Tokyo Narita, as well as 17 international destinations in 14 countries from Tokyo Haneda. Between the two Tokyo airports ANA serves 39 different international destinations in 17 countries, as some destinations (Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Jakarta, Los Angeles, Manila, Paris CDG and Singapore) are served from both airports.