Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) will launch a new route on June 12 from Narita International Airport near Tokyo to Houston, subject to receiving required government approvals.
According to Star Alliance member ANA, the new service will become part of an expansion of its network between the Americas and the growing Asian market.
ANA will offer daily service on its Tokyo Narita-Houston route and will operate the round-trips with Boeing 777-300ER widebodies configured to seat eight in First Class, 52 in Business Class and 190 people in Economy.
The airline’s summer schedule for 2015 will also see it increase its service frequencies from Tokyo to Singapore and Bangkok. According to ANA, this will make it easier for transfer passengers to connect between its Asian and American networks.
Houston not only enjoys significant demand for flights to Asia, but Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport (IATA code IAH) is also one of the biggest hub airports for ANA’s transpacific joint venture partner United Airlines.
According to ANA, this will enable the Japanese airline to improve access for its passengers to Central and South America via Houston.
ANA’s schedule for its Tokyo-Houston service will see flight NH174 leave Narita International Airport (NRT) at 11:15 a.m. daily from June 12 and arrive at IAH at 9:20 a.m. the same day, local time, after crossing the International Dateline.
In the other direction, flight NH173 will depart IAH at 11:20 a.m. daily from June 12 and land at NRT at 3:20 p.m. the following day, local time, again after crossing the International Dateline.
For its 2015 summer schedule, ANA will also increase its service frequencies from Tokyo Narita to Bangkok and Singapore to twice-daily flights.
ANA currently operates daily service from Narita to both cities, as well as twice-daily service to both cities from Tokyo Haneda Airport.
Flights from Singapore and Bangkok arriving in Narita early in the morning will increase the number of North American cities that can be connected and will, together with the existing evening flight, greatly increase the convenience of Asia-North America connections at Narita, according to ANA.
ANA’s schedule for its new Narita-Singapore flight calls for flight NH845 to depart NRT at 5:00 p.m. daily from June 11 and touch down at Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) at 11:15 p.m. local time.
In the other direction, flight NH846 will leave SIN at 12:35 a.m. daily from June 12 and reach NRT at 8:45 a.m. local time.
The new daily service will be operated by Boeing 787-8 widebodies, each fitted with 46 Business Class seats and 123 Economy seats.
Boeing 787-8s configured with the same number of seats will also operate ANA’s new round-trip between Narita and Bangkok.
ANA’s schedule for this flight will see flight NH807 leave NRT at 4:55 p.m. from August 1 and land at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) at 9:35 p.m. local time.
In the other direction, flight NH808 will depart BKK at 12:30 a.m. from August 2 and get to NRT at 8:40 a.m. local time.
Reservations for all these new ANA flights will be available from December 17.