Non-stop flights on Delhi-tokyo route

Af­ter com­plet­ing five years on Mum­bai–Tokyo route, All Nip­pon Air­ways (ANA) re­cently com­menced op­er­a­tions on its sec­ond con­nec­tion from In­dia – New Delhi to Tokyo. The air­line aims at tap­ping traf­fic from In­dia to US.

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From Oc­to­ber 29, 2012, the air­line is of­fer­ing non­stop daily op­er­a­tions on New Delhi-Tokyo route through a wide body air­craft (B 767 – 300 ER) with 35 busi­ness class seats and 165 econ­omy seats. To en­cour­age early book­ings, the air­line of­fered a three-day in­au­gu­ral fare of as low as ` 9000 plus taxes for econ­omy class (from Novem­ber 1, 2012 its as low as ` 18000 plus taxes) and ` 60,000 plus taxes for busi­ness class on this new route (con­tin­ues).

Ac­cord­ing to Kenji Sug­ino, Gen­eral Man­ager – In­dia, All Nip­pon Air­ways, the ex­pan­sion in In­dia is part of a wider group cor­po­rate strat­egy to get a foothold in the Asian mar­kets where there is still de­mand-sup­ply mis­match as far as con­nec­tiv­ity to the US mar­ket is con­cerned. From Tokyo (Narita Air­port), In­dian pas­sen­gers are of­fered con­ve­nient op­tions to US des­ti­na­tions like Wash­ing­ton D. C, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Fran­cisco and Seattle. He said, “The con­stant sup­port from our travel trade part­ners in In­dia has en­cour­aged us to add New Delhi on our route map. We will main­tain an agency com­mis­sion of five per cent for our trade part­ners and en­cour­age them fur­ther to sup­port us.”

Off the to­tal seven days a week op­er­a­tions on Mum­bai– Tokyo route, the air­line of­fers a mix of busi­ness (24) and econ­omy (18) seats for five times a week and all- busi­ness class ( 36 seats) for the re­main­ing two days. It is record­ing a load fac­tor of about 80- 90 per cent on econ­omy and 60 - 70 per cent in busi­ness class on this route. “We ex­pect sim­i­lar load fac­tors on our New Delhi – Tokyo route op­er­ated by a wide body air­craft. With in­creas­ing de­mand for Ja­pan as busi­ness and leisure des­ti­na­tion and our com­pet­i­tive prices, we are pos­i­tive to re­ceive ex­cel­lent sup­port from our part­ners and end trav­ellers.”

With in­creas­ing de­mand for Ja­pan as busi­ness and leisure des­ti­na­tion and with our com­pet­i­tive prices, we are pos­i­tive to re­ceive ex­cel­lent sup­port from our part­ners and end trav­ellers

Kenji Sug­ino

Gen­eral Man­ager – In­dia All Nip­pon Air­ways

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