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ANA Revives Longest Route in Japan, New Chitose-Naha, for First Time in 11 Years with Seasonal Service

ANA Revives Longest Route in Japan, New Chitose-Naha, for First Time in 11 Years with Seasonal Service

ANA airplanes at Naha International Airport in Okinawa

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In October, All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) will commence service on the longest domestic route in Japan, which stretches from New Chitose to Naha.

The news became public when the airline released flight schedules in its late-2012 business plan. ANA will only operate flights on the route between October 28 and March 30, 2013, with daily service in both directions on Boeing 737-800s with seating for 167. Flights will depart from New Chitose at 12:30 p.m. and Naha at 1:25 p.m. Each will take approximately 4 hours and 3 hours and 10 minutes, respectively.

ANA flew on this longest domestic route in Japan until 2001, followed by Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (JAL) until 2008. The route was popular among flyers traveling on business and pleasure, as well as those seeking to rack up their miles, but service ceased due to changes in the aviation market. Trips between New Chitose and Naha currently require a connection at Haneda Airport or some other intermediate destination.

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