Lufthansa to send a 747-8i to Tokyo Haneda

Coming into Tokyo in the air, you have two realistic options:

  1. Fly into Narita and enjoy the 50 minute ride into town with either the Narita Express or Keisei Skyliner .
  2. Fly into Haneda, hoping the timings work out, but enjoy a short monorail to Hamamatsuchō and the Yamanote line,  or train ride Shinagawa, and Yamanote to Central Tokyo (taking 20-30 minutes).

From my experience, Haneda is much more preferable – least of all riding the monorail is a lot cheaper than the Narita express – which considering how much some Japanese rail services can cost, is a good thing.

Lufthansa currently operate into both Tokyo airports, with both services currently being operated with a Boeing 747-400 aircraft. Well, for those who love the new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, it will be joining this route in the Winter 2014/2015 season.

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i at the Lufthansa Technik hanger at Frankfurt-am-Main Airport. Image, GhettoIFE
Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i at the Lufthansa Technik hanger at Frankfurt-am-Main Airport. Image, GhettoIFE

The switch over will be on 26th October 2014 in time for the Winter season, with the 747-8i heading to Tokyo Haneda, whilst the Tokyo Narita will be switched to a lower capacity Airbus A340-300.

LH716/717 will operate the Haneda flight, whilst LH710/711 operates the Narita segments.

Lufthansa Tokyo Flights from 26th October
Interesting things to note from this screen shot:

  • LH7236 is the ANA Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service
  • LH710 is the Lufthansa Airbus A340-300 service
  • LH 716 is the Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i service
  • LH7247 is the ANA Boeing 777-300ER service
  • LH108/714 is run via Munich with LH714 using a A340-600.

For those travelling on Lufthansa/ANA between Frankfurt and Tokyo Haneda, there is a great choice of flights to be hand – with some of the latest seating in the sky available to you.


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