British Airways has announced that it will begin flying to Osaka next year.

Japan’s second largest city will see the arrival of four flights per week from Heathrow with the 787-8 Dreamliner as the operating aircraft. Under a business agreement with Japan Airlines there will also be an opportunity to travel between Tokyo Haneda and four other Japanese cities in Miyazaki, Kumamoto, Komatsu and Matsuyama.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, 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. Japan is a highly sought-after destination for British tourists and many of the country’s key attractions are within easy reach of Osaka. 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.”