Haneda-Frankfurt Service by ANA in January 2012 - 1st Long-Haul Int'l Route for Boeing 787

All Nippon Airways Co, Ltd. (ANA) will start a new international route in January 2012 connecting Haneda Airport in Tokyo with Frankfurt, Germany.

ANA announced the route in its plans for the Boeing 787 released on August 23. It will be the first regular long-haul international route for the 787 Dreamliner, an aircraft for which ANA was the world's first airline to receive. The overnight round-trip flight plan schedules a 1:00 a.m. departure from Haneda with a 5:25 a.m. arrival in Frankfurt, followed by a return trip with a 11:15 a.m. departure from Frankfurt and a 6:45 a.m. arrival on the following day in Haneda. The start date has yet to be determined, but the schedule will initially include three weekly flights on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturday, followed by daily operation from February on.

The new route will be ANA's first with regular international flights connecting Haneda Airport with Europe. Although an agreement was reached in 2009 between the Japanese and German aviation agencies concerning routes connecting Haneda and major German cities that permits each country's airlines to operate two flights per day (fourteen per week) during the late-night and early morning hours (10:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.), ANA's flight plan is the first to be announced. This new route will be one of the Japan-Europe routes operated by the joint venture between ANA and Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

The Frankfurt route will be the third between Haneda and Europe following routes to London and Paris.