Japan Airlines is preparing to start daily service between Tokyo and Perth next year using B787 Dreamliners, according to a report in the West Australian newspaper.
Japan Airlines chairman Masaru Onishi, speaking in Dallas, Texas, said only that Perth was a “possible destination” for the carrier next year – but the newspaper said sources had told it that planning for the new route to Perth is advanced.
In an interesting aside, the same sources told the paper Perth had became more important for the carrier since the Paris terrorist attacks, as the terrorism had depressed the airline’s traffic into Europe.
Japanese travellers are notoriously sensitive to safety and security issues. The market turns off very fast if any destination is considered risky. Hence the airline is looking to offer other safer travel markets.
Qantas and Japan Airlines operated a joint three-times-weekly Perth/Tokyo service until 2011, when it was terminated.
Japanese tourists prefer non-stop services so the new Japan Airlines Perth service should help. Western Australian travellers flying to Japan may well feel the same way.
Japan Airlines will take delivery of another seven B787 Dreamliners next year,.
Written by Peter Needham