Qatar-Airways-aircraftQatar Airways has fulfilled its long-standing ambitions to fly to Japan’s capital city when flight QR802 touched down at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on April 26th.

The addition of Tokyo, following the 13½ hour journey from Doha, marks the airline’s 89th international destination and second in Japan with the carrier already serving Osaka.

Tokyo also becomes the airline’s fourth new route launched so far during 2010 in a year of continued aggressive expansion.

The launch of the new Tokyo flights comes ahead of Japan’s Golden Week holiday season, and sees Qatar Airways become the only carrier from the Gulf operating daily flights to the Japanese capital, providing convenient connections for passengers travelling on the airline’s global network via its Doha hub.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker expressed delight that the airline was at long last able to fly to Tokyo after years of campaigning.

“Tokyo has been a destination of choice for Qatar Airways for a very long time, and as the largest metropolitan area in the world, it represents an important feeder market into our growing international network,” he said.

Qatar Airways serves Tokyo with an Airbus A330 in a three-class configuration. With 12 First, 18 Business and 208 Economy Class seats, passengers are assured of Five Star comfort and service no matter which class of travel.

Qatar Airways’ passengers transiting onwards in First or Business Class through Doha onto connecting cities can use the airline’s exclusive Premium Terminal, where they can unwind and relax, enjoying facilities including fine dining, spa treatments and duty free shopping.