Words by Carlie Tucker
Qantas Airlines have been on a mission to improve services across the board. From plans to reach out to younger demographics with their new AWOL app, to a slew of upgrades across their cabins, the airline is working hard to further cement their status as Australia's national carrier.
Now Qantas has plans to make improvements that business travellers are sure to appreciate with expanded and altered flight plans to Japan. The airline originally announced four weekly flights between Brisbane and Tokyo, but have upped the service to daily flights from the Queensland capital to Tokyo's Narita Airport. Consequently, this will increase capacity by 4,000 seats per week commencing from 1 August. Flights will depart Brisbane daily at 11:15am, touching down at Narita at approximately 7:25pm. Returning flights will depart Tokyo at 8:55pm and arrive in Brisbane at 7:15am the following day.
“This is great news for Qantas customers who now have a range of new, direct travel options on our international and domestic network,” Mr Collyns said.
“We’ve worked closely with Brisbane Airport to increase our upcoming Tokyo route to a daily service, as well as Tourism and Events Queensland and the Queensland Government."
The change trumps original plans to run three additional Japan-bound flights per week from a second Australian port as business travel to and from Queensland increases. Flights will run aboard the Airbus 330 with both economy and business class seats available. This will include gradually refurbished aircraft with new lie-flat Business Suites, upgraded Economy seating and new in-flight entertainment.
Other changes to Qantas flights between Australia and Japan include switching daily Sydney-Tokyo flights from Narita Airport to Haneda airport. Again, the change comes as an effort to please increased business traveller traffic.