Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Tokyo Haneda: Reconnecting Qatar and Japan

Qatar Airways resumes flights to Tokyo Haneda: reconnecting Qatar and Japan. After a temporary hiatus, Qatar Airways has reintroduced nonstop passenger flights between Doha and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

Previously, the airline had chosen to operate at Narita International Airport due to its better connectivity. However, with border controls leading to the cancellation of plans in 2020, Qatar Airways returned to Haneda on June 1st, offering seven weekly flights. This doubles the airline’s capacity to Tokyo and coincides with the country’s removal of all COVID-related requirements, just in time for the summer season.

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Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. © Jezael Melgoza

The daily flight schedule is as follows:

The airline now operates a daily service, utilizing Airbus A350-900 aircraft with 36 Qsuite business-class seats and 247 seats in economy. Flight QR812 departs from Doha at 6:30 a.m. and arrives in Tokyo Haneda at 11:30 p.m. local time, with a flight duration of approximately 10 hours and 15 minutes. The return journey, QR813, departs Haneda at 1 a.m. and lands in Doha at 6:30 a.m., taking approximately 11 and a half hours.

This development complements Qatar Airways’ existing Doha-Narita route, providing travelers with increased flight frequency from the greater Tokyo area, with a total of 14 weekly flights between the two airports.

Having hosted the World Cup last year and becoming the new airline sponsor of Formula 1, Qatar Airways anticipates a return of the Qatar Grand Prix this winter, leveraging its strong fan base in Japan.

The airline aims to stimulate point-to-point travel as well as connections to its vast network of 160 destinations. They also expressed optimism about the expansion, highlighting the significance of Tokyo and mentioning the airline’s plans to resume flights to Osaka in the near future.

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QSuite in Qatar Airways. © Qatar Airways

The QSuite feature

Additionally, the airline is introducing its highly sought-after Qsuite business class product in Japan for the first time. The Qsuite features the industry’s first double bed and retractable privacy panels, allowing passengers traveling together to create a private suite experience.

The center four seats in the business class cabin are equipped with adjustable panels and individual TV monitors, enabling passengers to customize their space when traveling with companions.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, expressed the significance of the Tokyo Haneda-Doha service, stating that it aligns with the airline’s expanded network plans for 2023. He also mentioned the airline’s intention to resume flights to Osaka later this year, emphasizing the importance of Japan as a key market for Qatar Airways and its passengers.

The reintroduction of daily flights to Tokyo Haneda highlights Qatar Airways’ commitment to expanding its operations and re-establishing connections in Japan, providing travelers with enhanced options for both business and leisure travel.

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