British Airways will switch its daily flight from London Heathrow to Tokyo Narita airport to Tokyo Haneda airport from Saturday 28 March 2020.
Currently, BA flies to both Tokyo Haneda (Flights BA7 & BA8) and Tokyo Narita (Flights BA5 & BA6) daily. From Saturday 28 March 2020, it will fly to Tokyo Haneda twice daily.
Flights BA5 & BA6 will continue to be operated with a Boeing 787-9 aircraft and the flight timings are broadly the same with an afternoon departure from London Heathrow and Tokyo.
BA has cited better onward connections to its joint business partner Japan Airlines and local transportation links as a reason for the move.
As BA is continuing to serve Tokyo, it is not offering any refunds to affected passengers as a consequence of this move. However, some passengers with onward connections may need to rebook to meet minimum connection times.
Japan Airlines (“JAL”) is to add a second daily London Heathrow – Tokyo Haneda flight with effect from Sunday 29 October 2017.
This means that, together with its joint-venture partner British Airways, JAL will offer four flights a day between London and Tokyo. BA will continue to fly to both Tokyo Narita and Tokyo Haneda airports daily.
The new JAL flight (JL41 & J42) will depart London Heathrow at 09:30 and return to London Heathrow at 06:25. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 787 in a three class configuration.
It’s noteworthy that BA and JAL have chosen to add capacity between London and Japan when history has shown that inbound visitors from Japan to Europe can be very sensitive to terrorist incidents.
In addition, BA and JAL have chosen to a fourth daily frequency from London to Tokyo, rather than add a flight to an unserved destination in Japan such as Osaka or Nagoya. This does give BA and JAL a substantial frequency advantage over All Nippon Airlines which is the only other airline to fly between London and Tokyo after Virgin Atlantic withdrew from Tokyo on 31 January 2015.
The new flight will be on sale at Japan Airlines from Friday 14 July 2017.