Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) has unveiled
plans to launch flights between Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) and
Vladivostok International Airport (VVO) on 16 March, 2020.
The new route is part of a ANA's strategy to
increase its presence in Russia by offering service to additional
cities across the country.
The airline will launch the route with Airbus
A320 aircraft configured with 8 Business Class seats and 138
Economy Class seats.
ANA will operate two flights per week on Mondays
"ANA has long targeted Russia for expansion, and
we chose Vladivostok as our first Russian destination because it
serves as a gateway that connects Eurasia with the Pacific," said
Seiichi Takahashi, Senior Vice President of ANA. "At ANA, we aim
to serve as a gateway for our passengers that allow them to reach
new destinations and connect with new cultures. Our desire to
offer unrivaled service and meet emerging passenger needs led us
to begin service to Vladivostok."
Located just two and a half
hours from Tokyo, Vladivostok has become a popular tourist
destination for its distinct architecture and the natural beauty
of the surrounding countryside. The city is well known in Japan
for its scenic streets and historic buildings, but it has also
become a vital economic hub for Japan-Russia trade in recent years
and as such is a common destination for business travelers.