Qatar Airways is the latest in a growing list of foreign airlines launching flights to and from Tokyo Haneda Airport. Flights linking the air field with Doha, Qatar, begin on 18 June 2014 and operate daily.
Haneda Airport, a.k.a. Tokyo International Airport, was international only in name after Narita International Airport opened in 1978.
With few exceptions, foreign airlines were not allowed to use Haneda, and Japanese Airlines operated flights only to domestic travel destinations.
All that changed in 2010, when Japanese carriers were allowed to fly from the field to foreign travel destinations, and a small number of foreign airlines were allowed to launch service to the airport.
Haneda Airport is favoured by many travelers because it can be reached from downtown Tokyo in as little as 15 or 20 minutes. Travel time between Narita and downtown Tokyo takes 90 minutes, and trains are relatively infrequent.
Qatar Airways serves Osaka in addition to Tokyo's 2 airports. With the new route to Haneda, the airline will operate 21 flights per week to and from Japan.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Qatar Airways will operate Boeing 787 Dreamliners with a 2-class configuration on the route, with 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.
Each passenger has a 10.5 inchy television screen.
“We are also very pleased that we will be introducing the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one of the most state-of-the-art aircraft in our fleet, on the route when we commence operations to Tokyo Haneda,” says the airline's Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker.
“I have no doubt that our passengers will truly enjoy all that this aircraft has to offer in terms of an overall enhanced travel experience.”