Emirates announced that it is increasing its commitment to Japan with the launch of daily, non-stop flights between Dubai and Tokyo Haneda on 3rd June 2013.
Haneda Airport is located in Ota-ku, Tokyo and handles the majority of domestic flights to and from Tokyo; it opened its doors to international carriers following the opening of the fourth runway and the international terminal in October 2010.
Haneda, which will become Emirates’ 131st destination, is currently ranked as the second busiest airport in Asia.
Operated by a three-class Boeing 777-200LR, EK312 will depart Dubai at 0935hrs and arrive at Haneda Airport at 0001hrs the following day. The return flight, EK313 will depart at 0130hrs and arrive at Dubai International Airport at 0705hrs.
“As Emirates’ third gateway in Japan, the Dubai to Haneda route will help to build on the vibrant relationship between the United Arab Emirates and Japan, in terms of trade and increasing the opportunities for business and tourism,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates Executive Vice President, Passenger Sales Worldwide.
“Emirates has been operating to Japan since 2002 when we introduced non-stop flights to Osaka; our commitment continued when we launched flights to Narita International Airport in 2010. We are confident that the demand in terms of both passengers and cargo is strong enough to warrant Emirates operating non-stop, daily flights to both of Tokyo’s airports, offering our passengers more flexibility on the route to Dubai and onwards to over 70 destinations in the Indian Ocean, Middle East, Africa and Europe,” added Mr Antinori.
Emirates’ longstanding partnership with Japan Airlines will be expanded to include a code share on the new Dubai-Haneda-Dubai services. The flights will be identified with the Emirates ‘EK’ code as well as with Japan Airlines ‘JL’ code.
With the new daily flight to Haneda, Emirates SkyCargo is able to provide an additional 210 tonnes of cargo capacity per week, further supporting Japanese exports of mechanical components, electronic goods and automobile parts, and its imports of gas and oil products. Dubai is an important hub for the re-export of Japanese manufactured products to the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.
Passengers will enjoy unrivalled comfort and amenities on board Emirates’ Boeing 777-200LR which is equipped with eight luxurious private suites in First Class, 42 of its latest lie-flat seats in Business Class, and generous space for 216 passengers in Economy Class, along with gourmet cuisine in all cabins which has been tailored to Japanese passengers, served by Emirates’ multinational cabin crew.
The aircraft also features ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system which offers over 1,400 channels of movies, TV and game entertainment on demand, which includes 40 Japanese channels
With a fleet of 196 aircraft, Emirates now flies to 128 destinations, having launched services to 15 destinations in 2012, Warsaw and Algiers are set to join the network this year on 6th February and 1st March respectively.