All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced the launch of its daily non-stop flight on Boeing B 787-800 aircraft from Tokyo to Mumbai during Visit Japan Trade Seminar organised by Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) in Mumbai last week. The new flights starting from 27 March 2016 have attractive inaugural fares till 31 March 2016.
Mr Tsuneya Katagiri, General Manager, All Nippon Airways, Mumbai, said: “The state of the art aircraft, B-787 will have a total of 169 seats with each seat having access to aisle. We are introducing full flat beds (46 seats) with staggered seats in business class for the first time on B 787-800. We’re also introducing Premium Economy class with 21 seats. More capacity economy class will have 102 seats.”
The flight departs Narita International Airport, Tokyo at 11.20 hours and arrives in Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai at 17.45 hours. The return flight leaves at 20.20 hours from Mumbai and arrives in Tokyo at 07.50 hours.
Mr Yoshiaki ITO, Consul General of Japan in Mumbai, said: “Japan and India have deep cultural connections. Sanskrit is widely used and many Indian deities are worshipped in Japan. Gods like Shiva, Lakshmi, Indra, Varuna, Garuda, Ganesha and Saraswati were introduced long ago into Japan through China.” Buddhism, the main religion of Japan, has its roots in India.
ANA has introduced special inaugural fares from Mumbai to Japan with business class fare of Rs 84,000 +taxes and economy fare of 25,000+taxes. Special fares are also available for Premium Economy. There will be no fuel surcharge during introductory fares available till 31 May 2016. There are special fares for Travel Agents too, at Rs 50,000 for business and Rs 20,000 for Economy class seat. Regular economy fares start from Rs 32,000.
Mr Katagiri said: “Meal pick-up is from Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai and shower facility is available at arrival lounge at Narita to facilitate passengers intending to head for business right away. For onwards travelers, we have good connection further to West Coast and East Coast of USA.”
Japan welcomed 103,200 visitors from India in 2015, observing the growth of 17.3 percent.
ANA is celebrating its 30th year of international operations and has already been flying daily between New Delhi and Tokyo.
Written by Anand & Madhura Katti