Japan Airlines has celebrated the opening of its second daily non-stop service between London Heathrow and Tokyo Haneda Airport.
The carrier held a gate ceremony in London to mark the launch.
“Japan Airlines is pleased to offer more flight options to Japan with the increase of its service between London and Haneda,” said Yoshitaka Ihokibe, senior vice president, Europe, Middle East & Africa.
“Together with our joint business partner British Airways, we are now offering four direct flights between London and Tokyo.
“We hope that this additional flight will strengthen and boost the economic and cultural relations between the UK and Japan.”
JAL operates its second direct service (JL042/JL041) with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, fitted with the airline’s latest cabin interiors and arranged in a three-class cabin configuration.
The addition of the new service enables JAL to offer customers a total of four daily direct flights between London and Tokyo: two daily services operated by JAL (codeshare with British Airway), both serving Haneda; and two daily services operated by oneworld and joint-business partner BA (codeshare with JAL), with one serving Haneda and the other Narita.
Simon Eastburn, director of airline business development at Heathrow, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Japan Airlines to offer more choice for passengers flying to Japan, with an additional flight now departing from Heathrow.
“Creating more links between the UK and Asia supports a growing demand and ensures the wonders of Japan are even more accessible to travellers.”