“We are delighted to introduce a new service to Melbourne, our second destination in Australia,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines. “Since 1969, JAL has been operating to Australia and contributing to the promotion of bilateral relations between Japan and Australia. This partnership has become even stronger since the EPA went into force, and so we are pleased to serve Melbourne and continue supporting both nations from every possible aspect including business and tourism.”
“Japan Airlines’ decision to commence a direct service between Melbourne and Tokyo is a ringing endorsement of Victoria and the fantastic recent growth we’ve seen in international travel on this popular route,” said John Eren, Minister for Tourism and Major Events from the Government of Victoria. “The Victorian Government is working hard to grow the visitor economy and increase the number of airlines and services coming into the state.”
Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy said he welcomes JAL’s announcement. “I’m thrilled at JAL’s decision to bring its service to Melbourne, supporting the growing demand between Victoria and Tokyo for holidaymakers and business travelers alike,” Mr Gandy said.
“Over recent years we have seen a significant increase in travel between Victoria and Japan. Last year, 283,000 people travelled between the two destinations and from 2012 to 2016, the market has increased on average by 20 per cent year-on-year. We look forward to this service commencing in September, adding yet another direct international service to Melbourne Airport.”
Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said the new JAL service was perfectly timed, with visitor numbers from Japan having grown 23 per cent during 2016.
“A critical reason behind the strong inbound performance we have enjoyed from Japan over the past 12 months has been increased aviation capacity. We know that Japanese travelers have a strong preference for full-service carriers and direct non-stop flights, so we expect the new service to be very popular and help maintain what has been a significant bounce back from what is such an important market for Australian tourism,’ he said.
Mr O’Sullivan added that Tourism Australian would be working closely with JAL and Visit Victoria to ensure the new service was actively marketed within Japan.
Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia by population, is also one of the fastest growing cities in the country. A number of Japanese businesses are already established in Melbourne and with the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement effective from January 2015, it is expected that ties between the two countries will become even stronger in the future. JAL will strengthen its network in the Oceania region with the launch of this new service, which is in addition to the airline’s current route to Sydney.
The new Melbourne service will depart from Melbourne at night and arrive into Narita in the morning, whilst the return flight will depart from Narita in the morning and arrive into Melbourne at night. By setting a different schedule from the current Sydney route (*2), customers will have more choices for their travel needs to and from the Oceania region.
（*2） Flight schedule of Sydney service; morning departure from Sydney and an evening arrival at Narita. Return flight; evening departure from Narita and morning arrival at Sydney.
Melbourne=Narita route, flight schedule, and aircraft
About JAL SKY SUITE 787 (SS8)
- Business Class: Fully-flat seat
- Fully-flat seat with plenty of legroom to ensure a soothing rest
- A highly-private space
- Unobstructed aisle access for every seat with configuration of 2-2-2
- Adopt the design of retractable privacy partition to meet the needs both for privacy and communication with the companion during air-travel
- 23-inch personal TV screen
- Advanced liquid-crystal (LCD) touch-panel hand-held controller
- Ample storage space for various items
- Large swivel table for more flexibility in movement: Aisle seats (seat C/H) with side table, window and aisle seats (seat A/K and seat D/G) with monitor table and window seats with overhead shelf (seat A/K)
Premium Economy: With more comfortable space
- Premium Class service with more comfortable space
- The fixed-back seat providing a relaxing space even when a passenger seated in front reclines and improved seat slide
- Center divider between seats at head-level for added privacy
- Plastic bottle holder, cup holder, spacious table
- New touch-panel monitor
Economy Class: Configuration at 2-4-2 with 5 cm more legroom in seat pitch
- New seats designed for the SS8
- Keeping configuration at 2-4-2 which different with the common seating configuration at 3-3-3
- The seat width increased approx. 5 cm to 48 cm compared to the seat in the configuration of 3-3-3
- Seat pitch increased by approx. 5 cm from the common approx. 79 cm (31 inch) to approx. 84 cm (33 inch) achieved the world’s top-scale seating space in Economy Class of Boeing 787s.
- New touch-panel monitor
- AC power outlet and USB Port equipped with every seat
*2 Specifications for front-row seats are different.