MIAMI — Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will launch direct daily flights between Tokyo Narita and Mexico City, beginning on February 15, 2017.
ANA will be the first Japanese carrier to operate daily between Japan and Mexico in about seven years. Since Japan Airlines ended direct flights to Mexico in January 2010, Mexican carrier Aeromexico has been the only one offering four flights a week.
The new route will be ANA’s longest flight at 7,004 miles (11,270km), beating out the 6,753 mile (10,867km) flight between Tokyo and Washington D.C., and it’s going to be operated by a 169-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, with 46 business class seats, 21 premium economy seats, and 102 economy class seats.
The airline bets on the growing economic ties between Japan and Mexico to secure the success of the route. Major Japanese automotive companies such as Nissan, Mazda and Honda, manufacture motor vehicles in Mexico, mainly for export to the United States. Toyota has also plans to start assembling cars there from 2019.
“We are proud to be the first airline to operate direct, daily flights between Japan and Mexico to better serve the growing business and leisure demand between our two countries,” said ANA CEO and President Osamu Shinobe. “We hope our flight will also contribute to a closer bilateral relationship, economic prosperity and cultural exchange.”
The company also hopes that the flights will be used by passengers from Latin America to connect via Narita to destinations in Asia, particularly those travelers without a Visa to transit through the United States.