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Japan Airlines Starts New Direct Service Between Doha and Tokyo

Japan Airlines has launched new nonstop service between Doha, Qatar and Tokyo, with the inaugural flight taking to the skies on Monday, April 1st, 2024.  The route will now operate daily with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Japan Airlines Departure Ceremony at Tokyo Haneda Airport, Celebrating New Nonstop Service to Doha, Qatar on Monday, April 1st, 2024 - Courtesy Japan Airlines

On Monday (April 1st, 2024), Japan Airlines celebrated the launch of inaugural service Between Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar and Tokyo Haneda International Airport.  JAL becomes the first Japanese airline to offer direct service to the Middle East, and the new route will be operated in codeshare with fellow oneworld® member Qatar Airways.  The route will operate daily with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring 52 award-winning JAL SKY SUITE III fully lie-flat Business Class seats and 151 JAL SKY WIDER Economy Class seats.

In Monday’s announcement, Japan Airlines’ Managing Executive Officer and SVP – Route Marketing, Ross Leggett, said,

“Our new Doha service is the first direct flight from the Middle East operated by a Japanese airline.  It perfectly complements JAL’s global network and enables customers to seamlessly connect from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South America through our partnership with Qatar Airways, a member of the same oneworld alliance as JAL.  The demand for business and leisure travel from Doha to Asia continues to grow, and we are excited to offer JAL’s renowned five-star service and unique approach to hospitality to even more travellers.”

Also commenting on the historic route launch, Hamad International Airport’s SVP of Finance and Procurement, Sujata Suri, said,

“We are thrilled to welcome Japan Airlines to the Middle East through its renowned hub in Doha.  The launch of Japan Airlines’ daily flights from Tokyo Haneda to Hamad International Airport is a landmark achievement and a testament to the flourishing partnership between both Qatar and Japan. Combining Japan Airlines’ latest launch with Qatar Airways’ recent resumption to Osaka, is projected to result in a 50% increase in weekly flight frequency between Qatar and Japan, which underscores Hamad International Airport’s commitment to advancing global travel and enhancing passenger experiences.”

Qatar Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, Terry Antinori, added,

“We are very pleased to welcome our oneworld partner Japan Airlines to Doha and look forward to further building our successful relationship for the worldwide customers flying from and to Japan and North Asia.  It is wonderful to see how our strategy to leverage Hamad International Airport’s position as a global five-star rated hub, continues to yield results and we hope to continue to attract even more partner airlines to this major gateway and stopover destination in the future.”

Japan Airlines' Schedule Between Doha, Qatar and Tokyo Haneda - Courtesy Japan Airlines

Founded in 1951, Japan Airlines (JAL) became Japan’s first international airline.  A member of the oneworld® global alliance, the carrier currently serves 376 airports in 64 countries and regions together with their codeshare partners with a modern fleet of 226 aircraft.  JAL also operates three LCC subsidiaries, including ZIPAIR, SPRING JAPAN and Jetstar Japan.  The carrier’s loyalty program, JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) is one of the largest mileage programs in Asia.  Japan Airlines has been awarded as one of the most punctual major international airlines and holds a 5-Star rating from by Skytrax and a ‘World Class’ airline designation by APEX.  JAL is committed to the highest levels of safety and quality in all aspects of service, and to becoming one of the most preferred airlines in the world.


Source: Japan Airlines


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