ANA to launch third India route

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) plans to expand its flight operations to India by adding a third destination to its network. Starting on October 27, the Japanese carrier will fly between its hub at Tokyo Narita Airport and Chennai in South India.

Subject to government approvals, ANA will deploy Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner jets on the route, operating three times per week. The airline’s 787-8 aircraft feature a total of 169 seats; 46 in Business, 21 in Premium Economy and 102 seats in Economy class.

The new route will be offered in addition to the carrier’s existing flights from Narita to Mumbai and Delhi. Both routes are also operated by Boeing 787s.

On the basis of fleet size, the Star Alliance member is the largest airline in Japan. Its current fleet consists of narrow-body aircraft (including both Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737s) and wide-body airplanes, including Boeing 767, 777 and 787. Earlier this year, ANA became the first Japanese carrier to operate the Airbus A380 aircraft. The A380s are deployed on ANA’s route to Hawaii.