Japan Airlines (JAL) currently operates the only non-stop air service linking Bengaluru and Tokyo. JAL has now increased the frequency of flights from twice a week to three times, effective August 6, 2022. This additional flight is another convenient option for people traveling to and from Japan and for connecting passengers to and from the United States and Canada.
Hailed as the latest “techie-awaited cloud service”, during its launch campaign in 2020, JAL was set to inaugurate the first and only direct air link between Bengaluru and Tokyo (Narita) in March this year. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the airline only started operations with special flights when necessary. Under the Government of India’s Air Bubble agreement, JAL has operated scheduled flights once a week from March 2021. Following the gradual recovery worldwide from the pandemic, JAL is pleased to increase its frequency of flights. The airline’s latest flight schedule offers three weekly return flights. JAL is working on the initial plan to operate a daily flight.
To celebrate the progress of the resumption of direct flights from Bengaluru to Tokyo (Narita), JAL and Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) held a lamp-lighting ceremony at the check-in counter for flight JL754, and a ceremony at the gate before departure on the night of 5th August 2022. The event was graced by Dr. Murugesh R Nirani, Honorable Minister for Large and Medium Industries, GoK and Smt. Gunjan Krishna, IAS-Commissioner of Department of Industries and Commerce, who both represented the Indian state of Karnataka and visited Japan on JL754.
Also present at the event, Shinya Naruse, Vice President and Regional Manager India for Japan Airlines, said, “We are very pleased to make this progress to better serve the Bangalore community with more convenient flights to the Japan, and therefore also offer greater options for connecting 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.
“At BIAL, one of our main strategic priorities is to improve non-stop connectivity to major international destinations, as passenger volumes continue to grow. 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 a direct connection to Japan. We are therefore delighted with 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,” said Satyaki Raghunath, Director of Strategy and Development, Bangalore International. Airport.
JAL operates the route with a Boeing 787-8 fitted with 30 business class seats and 156 economy class seats. With a flight schedule that leaves Bengaluru after midnight, customers can easily arrive in Japan the next morning for a full day of activities. In addition, it provides ample layover time for connecting passengers to 11 destinations JAL flies to directly in North America from Tokyo Narita Airport.
Customers can travel with greater peace of mind on JAL, a 5-star SKYTRAX airline. JAL has also been awarded the highest levels of certifications such as 5-Star COVID-19 Aviation Safety Rating and Diamond Certification for Health Safety by APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association) in recognition of its COVID-19 safety measures. . JAL is also one of only seven airlines to receive the first World Class 2022 certification from APEX, a testament to its industry-leading approach to safety, sustainability and overall customer experience.