ALL Nippon Airways (ANA) will increase the frequency and capacity of its Tokyo (Narita)-Yangon route beginning September 30, from thrice weekly to daily.
Nyo Nyo Khaing, manager at the Yangon-based ANA office, said that seat capacity on the route would be increased through the deployment of a new 202-seater Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.
“Currently, the schedule is three flights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, using B737-700ER aircraft that can accommodate just 34 seats, comprising 24 business-class seats and 10 economy-class seats,” she said.
“We hope that the new aircraft with more economy seats will attract more passengers between the two countries.”
Flights departing Tokyo’s Narita International Airport leave at 10.30 and arrive in Yangon at 15.10. On the return leg, Tokyo-bound flights take off at 21.45 and touch down in the Japanese capital at 06.50 the next day. Ticket sales for the new daily service have started.
ANA aims to capitalise on the projected increase in demand for both direct and indirect flights between Japan and the rest of Asia, and between North America and Asia.
The airline was among the first to launch direct services between Japan and Myanmar. Its maiden Tokyo-Yangon flight took off in October last year (TTG Asia e-Daily, October 12, 2012).
ANA will also increase seat capacity for flights out of Narita to Chengdu from October 1.