ANA to launch direct Tokyo-Vienna service

Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways wants to boost the connection between Europe and Asia

Travelling between Europe and Japan will soon be even easier because Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways plans to launch direct flights between Vienna and Tokyo.

All Nippon Airways is Japan's largest airline carrier — Sorbis / Shutterstock ANA, All Nippon Airways, to launch direct Tokyo-Vienna service Haneda
All Nippon Airways is Japan’s largest airline carrier — Sorbis / Shutterstock

As a part of their long-lasting expansion, the country’s largest airline carrier has revealed its strategy to meet growing business demand for flights connecting Asia and Europe.

The daily non-stop flights that will connect Tokyo Haneda airport with Vienna international airport will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 from 17 February 2019.

“Next year Japan and Austria will commemorate the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and we are pleased to make our award-winning air travel more convenient for travellers from both nations,” said Seiichi Takahashi, senior vice president of ANA.

Vienna is known as the historical and geographical gateway to Central and Eastern Europe, and we look forward to strengthening ties between Japan and this dynamic region by offering flights that are ideal for business travellers and tourists.”

A perfect gateway to Central and Eastern Europe

The new connection is the airline’s response to an increased demand for flights to Europe. The number of passengers has grown “due to the strengthened economic relationship between Japan and the European Union,” the airline said in a statement.

Vienna is a major tourist destination and a gate to the regions of Eastern and Central Europe —Shutterstock ANA, All Nippon Airways, to launch direct Tokyo-Vienna service Haneda
Vienna is a major tourist destination as well as being a major business hub — Shutterstock

“As part of ANA’s comprehensive drive to boost business traveller convenience, flights from Haneda and Vienna will arrive in the early morning, perfect for business travellers and tourists to make the most of the day or easily connect to ANA’s extensive domestic network.”

The airline has selected Vienna for being a major tourist destination. The Austrian capital has recently ranked as the most liveable city in the world. It also serves as a perfect gateway to the whole region of Central and Eastern Europe.

ANA has also entered a joint venture partnership with Austrian Airlines, a member of the LH Group. The carrier provides accessible short-haul connections across the region.

“With Vienna-based flights to 68 other European cities, the Lufthansa Group’s significant presence in the Austrian capital and the airport’s rapid 25- to 50-minute minimum connection time makes reaching other cities on the continent simple and straightforward,” the airline added.