Tickets for ANA's Sydney-Tokyo Boeing 787-9 flights now on sale

Tickets for ANA's Sydney-Tokyo Boeing 787-9 flights now on sale

Japanese airline ANA will begin Boeing 787-9 flights between Sydney and Tokyo from 11 December 2015, introducing competition for Qantas on the resurgent Australia-Japan route.

The daily service will be flown by a Boeing 787-9, which will depart from Tokyo's downtown Haneda Airport at 10.10pm as NH879 to reach Sydney at 9.35am the next day. 

After spending the day in Sydney, ANA's Dreamliner will be wheels-up at 9.30pm as flight NH880, allowing business travellers to hit the ground running in Haneda – perhaps fuelled by an extra strong shot of coffee – at 5.05am the next day.

Inbound travellers headed for elsewhere in Japan will have plenty of domestic ANA connections to choose from, with the airline offering an add-on 'Experience Japan' fare of ¥10,800 (A$120) for any domestic segment.

Tickets for the new route are now on sale, with return business class prices from the December 11 debut of ANA's flight NH879 through to early January 2016 start at ¥304,720 or $3,312.

Tickets can also be snapped up using frequent flyer points from a diverse array of sources including Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines, American Express Membership Rewards and Westpac Altitude Rewards, as well as miles bought 'in bulk' from Avianca and United.

Read: How to book ANA’s Sydney-Tokyo flights with frequent flyer points

ANA pulled out of the Sydney-Tokyo route in July 1999, leaving the corridor in the hands of Qantas and its Oneworld partner Japan Airlines.

Qantas currently runs a daily flight between Sydney and Tokyo's Haneda Airport, while Japan Airlines operates a daily Boeing 777 service between Sydney and Narita. Qantas' low-cost arm Jetstar flies from several Australia cities into Tokyo and Osaka.

Inside ANA's Boeing 787-9

ANA has the world's largest fleet of Boeing 787s, with both the original 787-8 (for which it was the launch airline) and the larger, longer-range 787-9.

Sydney will be seeing an 'international' version of ANA's Boeing 787-9, rather than the model used for domestic flights (which has more seats overall, and only recliners in business class instead of fully-flat beds).

The international Dreamliner has 215 seats split between business class, premium economy and economy cabins.

The 48 business class seats, arranged in a staggered 1-2-1 layout so that each passenger enjoys privacy as well as direct aisle access, convert to a fully flat bed.

A cosy 21 seat premium economy zone offers more legroom across the 2-3-2 configuration, with a swing-up legrest in the front row and swing-down footrests in all other rows, plus AC and USB power for every seat.

There are no surprises in economy, with 146 seats arranged 3-3-3 at a respectable 34 inch pitch and AC and USB sockets close at hand.

ANA has also dressed one of its Boeing 787-9s in an eye-catching Star Wars livery...

... inspired by R2-D2, to be precise...

Read: New Boeing 787 has unique Star Wars livery

Also read: ANA's fleet now includes the Millennium Falcon?

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  • abudhabi1


    25 Jun, 2015 11:51 am

    Any kind of direct competition is a good thing.

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  • AgentGerko


    26 Jun, 2015 09:32 am

    Before they start flying here it might be good if they allowed ticketing here. For some bizarre reason, when they pulled out of Australia they cancelled all ticketing rights so Australian travel agents cannot sell any routes on this airline. Despite being a major member of Star Alliance and a very big airline, I can ticket for instance Velavia from Minsk to Prague without problem but cannot ticket ANA from Tokyo to Los Angeles. So they obviously don't consider Australia very highly.

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  • CityRail


    26 Jun, 2015 11:11 am

    Australia - Japan market has been dominant by Japan Airlines, Qantas and Jetstar in recent years. It is good to see ANA back.

    However, I hope ANA can consider codesharing and tie up with Virgin Australia so Velocity members can earn and burn points on ANA and vice versa, along with their frequent flyer benefit, codesharing and interlining, to increase the catchment of passengers, particularly from Adelaide and Tullamarine.

    Of course, on return, Velocity members will then be able to get shorter flying time between Australia and North East Asia via Haneda rather than Changi, which I believe it is important for VA if they want their virtual flying network to outweigh Qantas.

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  • Roger Benson


    26 Jun, 2015 09:21 pm

    Great   News.  To  be   competitive   though   they   need   to   ensure   flat  beds  in  Business   class  or   else   no  one    will   fly  them!

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  • Hugo


    10 Jul, 2015 01:20 pm

    (a) Except for all those passengers in other classes.

    (b) They have fully flat beds in business class so I'm not sure what you're talking about.

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  • Roger Benson


    7 Aug, 2015 10:18 pm

    re  My   comment  about  Flat   beds  in  Business  class,  now  that  we  know  they  are  flying    the   dreamliner  ,the   business    class   flat bed  is confirmed. There   was   some   doubt   about   whether  they   may  have   used  the  767   with a  cradle    type  non  flat  bed  seat  in   business.  I  think  the   expectation  of   a   flat  bed in   business   class  is  reasonable  these  days   if   you  are  Forking   out   that  kind   of  money,  so  I can't  understand   why   you  have  a  problem   with  that   Hugo.

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  • petrhsr


    11 Jul, 2015 10:32 am

    This is fantastic news, and with a 789 too.  Direct aisle access from each seat in J.  You gonna install that config on your 744 fleet sometime, Qantas?

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  • robwillett


    27 Jun, 2015 07:40 pm

    Finally some good respresentation fro *A. Now we're not beholden to OW and QF. With NH, SQ, TK, TZ, TG we finally get some good representations. QFF is a joke, a fraud and I can't wait to see the end of the bastards.Bring it on ACCC, the sooner the better

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  • Hugo


    10 Jul, 2015 01:18 pm

    >QFF is a joke, a fraud and I can't wait to see the end of the bastards.

    While Qantas Frequent Flyer isn't a great program, you can always just not participate if you don't like it. 

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  • riley


    10 Jul, 2015 01:30 pm

    12 hours is a long time on the deck... Interesting for crew placement and aircraft utilisaton. 

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  • Speak_


    10 Jul, 2015 02:12 pm

    QF do the same with their 747 in NRT. This service is directly on top of QF.

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  • Himeno


    10 Jul, 2015 02:29 pm

    Assuming the times posted in this story are true (given that ANA declined to comment), then it is likely related to the long haul slot times available at HND. The Australia route hasn't been given any of the day time long haul slots.

    ANA could also tie the flight times into a long haul ex-HND flight that does have day time slots, such as Europe.

    With these assumed flight times almost the same as the QF HND flights, is it likely that the extra seats NH puts in the market will trigger the QF flight to downgrade to a 330?

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  • riley


    10 Jul, 2015 05:21 pm

    Downgrade in capacity but upgrade in hard product ie the new business suite. I'd say this is highly likely.

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  • CityRail


    13 Jul, 2015 01:17 am

    Provided such a long layover, I would be interested if they will consider extending the service to Auckland if they can get into a deal with Air New Zeland or Virgin Australia?

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  • Chris


    13 Jul, 2015 01:00 pm

    Or put on a tag flight to MEL

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  • Ksmith


    10 Jul, 2015 01:31 pm

    So the video and images show reverse herringbone seating in business, while the seat map clearly shows a staggered layout. I think the video is a Boeing video and nothing to do with ANA or its aircraft.

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  • eminere


    10 Jul, 2015 02:52 pm

    Exactly. Facts need to be checked and clarified.

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  • David Flynn


    10 Jul, 2015 03:37 pm

    Ksmith: you're correct, the video was flagged as ANA's B789 upon inspection turned out to be a generic Boeing one, so we've removed the video and amended the article to reflect that.

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  • sagidec


    10 Jul, 2015 01:48 pm

    I'd give ANA and JAL a go. They look great with the recent hard product improvements.

    I've spoken to people who've flown them and compliments were coming out of them.

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  • Michael Kao

    Michael Kao

    10 Jul, 2015 03:26 pm

    The business class on the seat map looks like staggered seat as their 77W, but the video looks like reverse herringbone. Do you know which one will we get?

    Hope they don't reverse the decision.

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  • Darren


    10 Jul, 2015 03:35 pm

    ANA are cancelling 1 of there twice daily flights to Paris from 25 October.  I wonder if this is where the capacity comes from to launch Sydney.

    There is nothing on the ANA website confirming the launch at this stage.

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  • Mal


    10 Jul, 2015 03:42 pm

    Darren, I expect you're right there. Nothing on ANA site about the launch but I reckon this is another solid AusBT scoop, the guys here don't do 'rumours' like so many blogs but what they post tends to turn out right!

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  • jys007


    10 Jul, 2015 04:59 pm

    love ANA....

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  • Wombus


    10 Jul, 2015 11:14 pm


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  • kooljohn


    15 Jul, 2015 08:43 pm

    Looks like this article was on the money. ANA rep on facebook confirmed to a user yesterday that the SYD-HND route will be announced shortly as there hasn't been an official date.

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  • Jason Bird


    16 Jul, 2015 04:04 pm

    So I'm taking it that they have sorted out the icing problem on GE engines flying through the tropics then?

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  • Jedinak K

    Jedinak K

    16 Jul, 2015 05:29 pm

    ANA Boeing 787s employ Rolls Royce engines and from what I've heard they haven't had any problems with ice build up. They probably learnt the lesson from the BA 777 incident back in 2008. 

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  • stredinnick


    16 Jul, 2015 04:59 pm

    Excellent news for skiers, and with a 5 am arrival and additional AUD$120 fare through to Sapporo you could be knee-deep in Niseko powder at 2 pm !  Actually Hyperdia suggests that there is a 7:30 am monorail that could see you connecting to the Shinkansen for a 10 am arrival in Nagano - amazing.

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  • airtraveladdict


    17 Jul, 2015 11:23 am

    so so so excited! I hope this competition encourages Japan Airlines to permanently put the 777ER with the suites on the Syd route.

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  • sean prenter


    17 Jul, 2015 11:33 am

    Can get to Hakuba by 9.30am

    Monorail to Hamamatsucho then Yamanote sen to Tokyo then 7.20 Shinkansen to Nagano arrive 8.48am

    Did this trip in May

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  • Richard Foreman


    7 Aug, 2015 06:32 pm

    "No surprises in economy" ...are you kidding ! 34in pitch - wow that's huge ! Yes it has the now infamously standard 3-3-3 but 34in pitch will make a huge difference to passenger comfort - I would go out of my way to fly with them even though I have QF FF !

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  • Jedinak K

    Jedinak K

    7 Aug, 2015 09:15 pm

    I agree Richard, if I had to choose between knee crushing 31' seating pitch and 3-3-3 seating with >32' pitch I'd choose the 3-3-3 seating anyday. At least you can book at the back of the aircraft where the seating reduces to 2-4-2 so it's more bearable. 

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  • MissBasset


    7 Aug, 2015 11:25 pm

    Any word when Star Alliance miles will be usable for award bookings?

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  • jys007


    12 Aug, 2015 02:08 pm

    love ANA.

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  • jys007


    11 Dec, 2015 11:27 am

    possible to book multi legged flights from their site? e.g sydney to tokyo, tokyo to shanghai

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