Qatar Airways to launch non-stop Tokyo flights

Fast growing Gulf carrier says new daily service will be launched on October 28
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By Andy Sambidge
Wed 13 Jun 2012 06:08 PM

Qatar Airways said on Wednesday it will boost services to Japan to twice-daily with the introduction of non-stop flights to Tokyo.

The new service will be launched on October 28, the airline said in a statement. Qatar Airways currently serves the Doha to Tokyo route daily via the Japanese city of Osaka.

Qatar Airways launched flights to the Land of the Rising Sun in 2005 with Osaka becoming its first Japanese route.

In 2010, the carrier introduced Tokyo to its operations, via Osaka.

With the announcement to de-link flights, Qatar Airways’ Osaka route will become a dedicated non-stop service with frequency effectively doubled between Qatar and Japan.

The airline will serve Tokyo with its flagship Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said the Japan frequency increase demonstrated the airline’s commitment to the Japanese market

“Today’s announcement is a significant step by Qatar Airways as we show our confidence in the Japanese travel market,” he said.

“Japan has been a key market for us ever since we launched operations to Osaka in 2005.”

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 15 years of operation, currently operating a fleet of 109 aircraft to 116 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

Since the beginning of the year, Qatar Airways has launched flights to Baku (Azerbaijan); Tbilisi (Georgia); Kigali (Rwanda); Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil (Iraq), and Baghdad (Iraq).

Over the next few months, Qatar Airways launches services to Perth, Australia (July 3); Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (July 25); Mombasa, Kenya (August 15); Yangon, Myanmar (October 3) and a date yet-to-be-announced to the Serbian capital Belgrade.

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