For the First Time, AIR Ita Will Operate in the Japanese Market With a Direct Flight From Rome to Tokyo

Trade and Economics - December 21, 2022

The first direct flight from Rome Fiumicino to Tokyo Haneda operated by the brand-new Italian Flag Company has departed

On Saturday 5 November, the first intercontinental flight to Japan of an aircraft of the Italian flag company Air Ita departed. An Airbus A350, flagship of the young company, took off towards Tokyo Haneda airport with all seats occupied and the hold full, making the first direct connection between the Italian and Japanese capitals.

There will be 3 weekly flights between Rome and Tokyo, departing every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 3.20 pm from Fiumicino airport. The arrival in Japan is scheduled for the day after the departure and precisely at 11:20 while the return is scheduled from Haneda, every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 13:35 after 7 hours of flight. In the next few months, the frequency could increase up to 5 connections a week to become daily in the next few years.

The inauguration of the flight towards Tokyo had already been planned for the first weeks of last summer but, due to entry and exit restrictions caused by the new waves of Covid19 infections in Japan, it had been postponed to autumn. Tourists from the Asian state have always been considered the most active and the most interested in the artistic and cultural beauties of Italy and creating a direct connection between the Italian and Japanese capitals can only have a positive impact on the tourist flow in the Italian area.

ITA Airways will be one of the very few airlines in the world to operate a direct flight between Rome and Tokyo Haneda Airport with a connection to the center of the Japanese capital. The numerous Japanese tourists who visit the beauties offered by the Italian territory every year will thus be able to take advantage of a direct flight, 3 times a week to Rome from where, possibly, they can move independently to head to other art cities using, for example, the Italian railway system that daily connects Rome to all of Italy.

The Italian flag carrier has decided to use the planes themselves as a business card to present the elegance of the Bel Paese, entrusting the interior design to the famous style professional Walter De Silva, from whose genius were born some of the most beautiful automobiles of the last 20 years, both Italian and foreign. The interiors of the Airbus A350s, used for the Japanese route, are a triumph of all-Italian comfort and elegance, demonstrating how important it is for the top management of Air Ita to show Italian spirit right down to the details. Furthermore, the new uniforms for the flight crew were created thanks to the consultancy of Brunello Cucinelli, a great protagonist of Italian fashion. To make the trip a complete Italian experience, the flavors and aromas of the culinary excellence chosen by the starred chef Gian Piero Vivalda, available for those traveling in Business Class from 15 October.

The Rome-Tokyo route will allow ITA Airways to consolidate its commitment to expand its network of connections, especially towards Asia and will add to the already numerous intercontinental routes operated by the company, such as those towards New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. Flights to New Delhi and Malé in the Maldives will also be inaugurated in December. In the coming years, AIR Ita could restore flights to Japan also from Milan Malpensa since, to date, the only connection provided by the Lombard airport is to the Big Apple, while all those wishing to reach Japan will be forced to stop at Rome Fiumicino from Milan Linate.