British Airways has announced it will launch direct flights to Osaka, Japan from 31 March 2019.

The service will operate between Heathrow Terminal 5 and Osaka Kansai International airport four times per week, bringing BA’s total weekly flights operated in partnership with Japan Airlines to the country to 32.

In addition, Japan Airlines will offer a codeshare on the new service, allowing its customers to book flights and earn Avios loyalty points across the network. Meanwhile, BA is adding flights from Tokyo Haneda and four Japanese cities – Miyazaki, Kumamoto, Komatsu and Matsuyama – to its agreement with Japan Airlines.

The route will be operated by one of BA’s new B787-8 Dreamliners, which offers World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World seats. It will depart London at 1420 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and arrive at 0950 the following day, with return flights leaving Osaka at 1130 and landing at 1550.

Sean Doyle, director of network and alliances at BA, said: “Our partners Japan Airlines and Finnair have demonstrated that Osaka is a hugely popular route with leisure and business travellers alike, so we are excited to launch direct flights from London, giving customers another gateway.

“This new route will also open up more opportunities for companies to explore and build business in the region so we’re expecting this new service to be well received by our customers.”

Hideki Oshima, executive officer of international relations and alliances at Japan Airlines, added: “We are extremely excited with the announcement of British Airways’ new route. Not only does it provide more choices and greater convenience for our passengers travelling between Japan and Europe, but it is also great news for the Kansai region. We look forward to serving our mutual customers through our codeshare service and contributing to the regional economy in Osaka.”

BA has also today announced the launch of flights between London City airport and Munich from 16 February 2019. It will also increase frequency on services to Berlin, Dublin, Prague and Geneva from December and start new flights to Rome and Zurich in October.;

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