All Nippon Airways (ANA) is expanding its services to Europe with the upcoming launch of a new daily non-stop Boeing 787-9 route from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Vienna International Airport.
The Japanese carrier will start service on 17 February, 2019, and it will be the cornerstone of ANA’s strategy to meet growing business demand for flights connecting Asia and Europe.
ANA said Vienna is well positioned to act as a connecting hub for further travel within Europe through its joint venture partnership with Austrian Airlines, a member of the LH Group. With Vienna-based flights to 68 other European cities, it said the Lufthansa
Group’s significant presence in the Austrian capital and the airport’s rapid 25 to 50-minute minimum connection time makes reaching other cities on the continent simple and straightforward. Likewise, ANA’s partnership with the Lufthansa group will allow it to meet the increased demand for Japan-bound flights from Austria and neighbouring countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Poland.
The addition of Vienna brings ANA’s total number of European non-stop flights to eight and marks the seventh city in Europe and the 44th city outside Japan to be served by ANA.
ANA senior vice president, Seiichi Takahashi said: “Next year Japan and Austria will commemorate the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and we are pleased to make our award-winning air travel more convenient for travellers from both nations.
“Vienna is known as the historical and geographical gateway to Central and Eastern Europe, and we look forward to strengthening ties between Japan and this dynamic region by offering flights that are ideal for business travellers and tourists.”
Demand for flights to Europe has increased in part due to the strengthened economic relationship between Japan and the European Union. As the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) lowers economic barriers, ANA aims to make travel just as convenient.
As part of ANA’s comprehensive drive to boost business traveller convenience, flights from Haneda and Vienna will arrive in the early morning, perfect for business travellers and tourists to make the most of the day or easily connect to ANA’s extensive domestic network.