All Nippon Airways plans to launch direct flights between Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and Mexico City in the second half of fiscal 2016, sources said.
ANA will offer seven round-trip flights on the route using the new midsize Boeing 787-8.
The airline expects the route to attract business passengers because Mexico is a production base for automobiles. The company also hopes that the flights will be used by passengers from Latin America connecting via Narita to destinations elsewhere in Asia.
ANA will be the first Japanese carrier to operate nonstop flights between Japan and Mexico in about seven years. Since Japan Airlines ended direct flights to Mexico in January 2010, Mexican carrier Aeromexico has been the only one offering such flights.
Nissan Motor Co., Mazda Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. manufacture automobiles in Mexico, mainly for export to the United States. Toyota Motor Corp. plans to produce the Corolla car at a new plant there from 2019.
Aeromexico’s direct flights to Narita are more expensive than flights that connect via airports in the United States, but since they are more convenient they are popular with travelers from Latin America.
These are the passengers ANA is aiming at, the sources said.