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.
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
General Manager – India All Nippon Airways