- IATA/ICAO code:
- Airline type:
- Full service carrier
- Tokyo Haneda Airport, Tokyo Narita Airport
- Year of foundation:
- one world
- Yuji Akasaka
Japan Airlines has decided to increase the frequency of flights between Tokyo-Narita and Bangalore from two to three times a week. The Japanese airline currently operates the only non-stop flight service linking the two cities. The additional flight provides another convenient option for passengers traveling to and from Japan and passengers traveling to and from North America.
More flights to Bangalore
The airline’s latest flight schedules highlight round-trip flight operations three times a week, as Japan Airlines slowly works towards its initial plan to offer daily direct flight service from Bengaluru to Tokyo-Narita. The airline’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft will operate the route, equipped with 30 business class seats and 156 economy class seats.
|flight number||Departure time||Arriving time||Frequency|
|JL 753 (NRT – BLR)||18:25||00:15 +1||Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays|
|JL 754 (BLR – NRT)||02:45||14:55||Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays|
To celebrate the continued progress of the direct flight from Bangalore to Tokyo-Narita, Japan Airlines and Kempegowda International Airport held a lamp-lighting ritual at the JL 754 flight check-in counter and a pre-departure boarding ceremony. flight departure. Attending the celebration were Karnataka’s Minister of Industry, Murugesh Nirani, and Commissioner of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Gunjan Krishna, who both also boarded the flight to Japan.
Japan Airlines was supposed to inaugurate flight services to Bangalore two years ago but was halted by the onset of the pandemic. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | single flight
Strengthen its presence in India
The increase of the Tokyo-Bengaluru route by Japan Airlines clearly indicates its commitment to expanding its presence in India. The aThe global member airline was supposed to inaugurate the route in March 2020 but had temporarily barred that possibility due to the onset of the pandemic. Eventually, Japan Airlines could only start flight operations with special flights when necessary.
Then, from March last year, under the Indian government’s Air Bubble arrangement, the Japanese carrier operated scheduled flights once a week. Since the arrangement ended earlier this year, traveling in Bangalore has become easier for passengers as they do not need to provide customer information. And as Japan slowly opens up and waives restrictions, Japan Airlines sees an opportunity to increase services, if only by a single additional flight.
Shinya Naruse, Vice President and Regional Manager India for Japan Airlines commented:
“We are very pleased to make this progress by better serving the Bengaluru community with more convenient flights to Japan, and therefore also offering greater options to connect to North America. We will continue to strive to ‘ensure optimum safety and comfort for our customers traveling between India and Japan, and in doing so, contribute to the strong flow of social and economic values between the two countries’
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Satyaki Raghunath, Director of Strategy and Development at Kempegowda International Airport, said:
“Japan holds a strong market potential for direct flights from India for both business and leisure travellers. We are the only airport in South India with direct connectivity to Japan. Therefore, We are excited about the addition of the third weekly frequency to Tokyo Narita Airport by Japan Airlines, which will further facilitate the way people travel between India and Japan and points beyond Japan. “
Japan Airlines currently serves only two Indian destinations. Photo: Getty Images
Projects for the future?
India is fast becoming a booming aviation market as international airlines try to find new Indian cities to fly to. While Japan Airlines is expanding slightly on its Tokyo-Bengaluru route, the Japanese flag carrier is left with just two destinations in India. The other would be the Indian capital which operates from Tokyo-Haneda and Tokyo-Narita, three times a week from Haneda and once a week from Narita. With a commitment to further expand in India, Japan Airlines may consider landing in cities such as Hyderabad, Chennai or Kochi, to name a few, in the future.
However, Japan Airlines undoubtedly faces fierce competition from none other than All Nippon Airways (ANA), which also flies to two Indian destinations, New Delhi and Mumbai. When it comes to frequency for New Delhi alone, ANA is relatively on par with Japan Airlines in offering four weekly flight services from Haneda, using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. As for Mumbai, ANA flies from Narita three times a week, making it difficult if Japan Airlines chooses to expand its network of Indian routes with this particular city.