Japan Airlines (JAL) is launching flights between Tokyo Haneda (HND) and Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO). The airline was supposed to launch these flights last March but the plans were modified amid the impact of the pandemic.

Strong connections

Four years ago, Japan Airlines and Aeroflot launched their expensive business partnership. JAL noted that the flag carrier of Russia’s gateway hub is located at Sheremetyevo and has the largest network in its country, allowing passengers to travel to and from various destinations.

According to Routesonline, the Moscow Sheremetyevo service will operate once a week and Aeroflot will codeshare on the route. The service is set to be developed commercially on April 22nd and will be with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

JAL had previously been making trips from Tokyo to Moscow Domodedovo before the pandemic. The switch to Sheremetyevo was supposed to happen on March 29th, but international travel was disrupted.

Additional steps

Along with this decision, JAL resumed between Tokyo Narita (NRT) and San Diego (SAN) yesterday. This route was dropped last April, also due to the global health crisis. There are changes to the schedule this time as the operation will be conducted three times a week rather than the initial daily service.

San Diego International Airport is notably glad that this route is back on. The airport’s CEO, Kimberly Becker, noted Tokyo’s close relationship with the Californian city.

“The resumption of service to Tokyo is an important step in our recovery process,” Becker said, as reported by Routesonline.

“With many economic and defense ties between our two cities, this route will foster continued business interactions.” 

Passenger jets of Japan Airlines (JAL) are seen on the tarmac at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP) (Photo by BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP via Getty Images)

Looking ahead

Altogether, these services are signs that recovery is on the cards following such a tough year for international travel. Even though most regions have been affected amid the restrictions, Asia-Pacific markets have significantly been rocked since the outbreak of the virus at the beginning of last year. There will undoubtedly be a slow rebuild, but flight resumptions are always a positive start.

Simple Flying reached out to Japan Airlines for comment on its flights from Tokyo Haneda to Moscow. We will update the article with any further announcements from the airline.

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