All Nippon Airways: Tokyo To Mexico City Route Will Be Back In Late 2016 – This Time Nonstop!

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An old route that has previously been served by Japan Airlines is being picked up again by ANA: Tokyo to Mexico City!

ANA B787 Dreamliner

The route which will be served by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner has a length of 7,004 miles which makes it the longest flights in ANA’s network.

The past few weeks there has been one announcement after the other of airlines who engage in new long haul routes. Just yesterday United reported they would start flying nonstop from San Francisco to Singapore (we wrote about this here).

Today a story at the Nikkei Asian Review (see here) came out saying ANA is planning to pick up the route to Mexico City again which was previously served by Japan Airlines. It was actually going via Vancouver back then and was operated by a super old plane with the worst interior imaginable.

GCM NRT-MEX

The new route will be operated by ANA’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

All Nippon Airways will start daily direct flights between Japan and Mexico in the second half of fiscal 2016, tapping surging demand for business travel as Japanese companies make inroads into the country.

The ANA Holdings unit will offer one round-trip flight per day between Tokyo-area Narita Airport and Mexico City, the capital. The route will be served by a Boeing 787-8, the latest-model midsize jet from the American aerospace manufacturer.

Flight times, schedules and other details remain undecided. The direct flight is seen shaving around 3 hours off travel times between Japan and Mexico City compared with current itineraries involving connections in the U.S.

The Narita-Mexico City route is now served only by Mexican flag carrier Aeromexico, which offers four round-trip flights per week. Japan Airlines once flew the route but ended service in 2010, when it filed for bankruptcy. ANA will be the first Japanese carrier in around seven years to offer service between the cities.

I have a few friends who live in Tokyo and have to travel to Mexico City on a regular basis. So far they have been flying via Los Angeles but this will certainly give more options since it’s a daily flight and also on ANA. The Aeromexico… well let’s just say is not the most prominent option one loves to pick.

Japanese automakers are leading the charge into Mexico. More than 800 companies from Japan had a Mexican presence in 2014. Passengers who traveled between the two countries in 2014 totaled 142,400 on a one-way basis, up nearly 20% on the year. The figures are seen surging further after the Trans-Pacific Partnership free agreement takes effect.

The Mexico City airport sits more than 2,000 meters above sea level, reportedly making takeoff with a full fuel load a challenge. ANA will consider limiting passenger numbers and cargo weight to cope until more efficient engines are available.

This is an interesting detail indeed. I wonder how much the tickets will cost for ANA to compensate the loss in revenue due to the limitations or if they will just chalk it up.

Conclusion

While this is a long flight and the longest in ANA’s network itself, 7004 miles is not considered a super-longhaul. It’s actually less than for example Los Angeles to Hong Kong.

The outlined limitations on the return ex MEX show the unique conditions of this flight though. Lets hope ANA will make a good profit with these flights so the route is there to stay.

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