Qatar to operate B787 Dreamliner on Haneda route
Qatar Airways announced that it will begin daily flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) commencing 18 June and the non-stop flights will be operated from its Doha hub with B787 Dreamliner aircraft.
April 1, 2014
Qatar Airways announced that it will begin daily flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) commencing 18 June and the non-stop flights will be operated from its Doha hub with B787 Dreamliner aircraft. Haneda will be Qatar Airways’ third route to Japan following Osaka, which began in March 2005 and Tokyo Narita in April 2010. Both Osaka and Tokyo are currently non-stop daily operations.
“The airline has pursued aggressive growth in the Asian market to cater to the demand of our business and leisure passengers,” said Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker. “Just last year we launched four new destinations in Asia; Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Clark International Airport in the Philippines, as well as Chengdu and Hangzhou in China.”
Haneda International Airport is one of the two major airports that serve the Greater Tokyo area. In 2012, Haneda was the second busiest airport in Asia with more than 66 million passengers. Qatar Airways currently operates to 24 destinations in Asia.
The addition of the third route to Japan further secures the airline’s hold in its already blossoming growth in the region, with Asian destinations making up approximately 18 per cent of the airline’s overall route map.
Over the next few months, the network will grow further with new routes being launched to Philadelphia,US (2 April); Larnaca, Cyprus (29 April); Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Turkey (22 May); Edinburgh, Scotland (28 May); Miami, USA (10 June); and Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (1 July).