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Star Alliance carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) revealed plans for a new subsidiary carrier, AirJapan, set to launch service next year.
Here’s everything that you need to know about this forthcoming airline.
What is AirJapan?
AirJapan is ANA Group’s third brand between the parent airline ANA and low-cost carrier Peach. While ANA doesn’t use the “low cost” moniker for AirJapan, for all intents and purposes, this is a budget airline for medium-haul routes in Southeast Asia and Oceania.
The carrier will exclusively use Boeing 787-8 aircraft in an all-economy configuration with a total of 324 seats. Legroom is generous thanks to 32″ of pitch at each seat. And passengers will find USB-C and USB-A power ports at every seat. And while there won’t be any seatback screens, streaming entertainment and Wi-Fi will be offered free of charge.
As with most low-cost airlines, the fare doesn’t include much beyond a guaranteed reservation (and carry-on baggage up to 7 kg, or a little over 15 lbs). Flight changes and fare refunds are also not permitted.
“It is our hope that by launching AirJapan, we can showcase the very best of Japan from inside the cabin to enhance their travel journey,” said Hideki Mineguchi, President of AirJapan. “We are excited and eagerly anticipate welcoming passengers onboard to experience the exceptional journey that AirJapan offers.”
AirJapan’s First Route
The airline will commence operations on February 9, 2024, with nonstop flights between Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT) and Bangkok, Thailand (BKK). Flights will operate 6 times per week.
Pricing is extremely competitive, with one-way fares starting at a hair under $110 each way. As we mentioned above, no “extras” are included at that base rate. You’ll need to pay additional fees for things like checked baggage, a seat assignment, and meals.Hot Tip:
AirJapan’s full-service sister airline, ANA, has one of the world’s best business class products. Take a look at our full guide to the best ways to book ANA business class using points and miles.
For those flying intra-Asia, there’s a new low-cost flight option with AirJapan. While it’s not necessarily the most exciting or innovative product, fares are very reasonable, with one-way pricing starting at just a little bit north of $100 between Tokyo and Bangkok.
Featured Image Credit: AirJapan
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Chris is a freelance writer and editor with a focus on timely travel trends, points and miles, hot new hotels, and all things that go (he’s a proud aviation geek and transit nerd). Formerly full time at The Points Guy, his work can now be found at AFAR, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Washington Post, and Lonely Planet, among others
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