Singapore Airlines (SIA) has begun serving Tokyo Haneda Airport for the first time.
The airline’s flight SQ634, carrying 246 customers, departed on the afternoon of October 31 (local time) on its inaugural journey from Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND), marking a new chapter in SIA’s operations to Japan.
SIA CEO Chew Choon Seng joined customers and staff in marking the commencement of Singapore Airlines’ newest service at a pre-departure event at Changi Airport. Customers were treated to refreshments and given a special gift – two limited-edition teacups – commemorating the occasion.
The inaugural flight departed at 3:46 p.m. local time and was scheduled to arrive in Haneda at 11:05 p.m. local time. The return service, SQ633, was scheduled to depart Haneda at 12:30 a.m. on November 1 and arrive in Singapore at 6:55 a.m local time. SIA was also planning a celebratory event will also be for customers on the inaugural flight from Haneda.
With the introduction of twice-daily Tokyo Haneda flights, which it is operating with Boeing 777-300ERs, SIA says it is now offering customers greater choice and convenience for travel to the Japanese capital.
“Our twin operations to both Narita and Haneda airports enable us to offer our customers the best of both worlds,” says Bey Soo Khiang, SIA’s senior executive Vice president marketing and corporate services. “There is surely something for every traveller to Tokyo – be it Haneda’s ease of access to Tokyo’s main commercial districts and strong domestic network, or Narita’s international connectivity and proximity to Northeastern Tokyo and the Kanto region.”
The carrier’s second daily round-trip service between Singapore and Tokyo Haneda sees flight SQ636 leave SIN at 9:50 p.m. and arrive at HND at 5:15 a.m. the following day, local time. In the other direction, flight SQ635 is timed to depart HND at 6:25 a.m. and land at SIN at 12:50 p.m. local time.
Singapore Airlines now operates 47 weekly flights to and from Japan. In addition to twice-daily flights to both Tokyo Narita and Tokyo Haneda, the airline operates daily to both Nagoya and Osaka, and five times weekly to Fukuoka. Customers interested in booking flights can visit www.singaporeair.com.