Japan Airlines launches non-stop service between Detroit and Asia

Japan Airlines (JAL) on Monday said that on 22 April 2012 it demonstrated the strategic use of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner with the official launch of its first ever non-stop service between Boston Logan and Tokyo, Narita.

Flight JAL008 left Tokyo, Narita and landed at Boston Logan on 22 April 2012 where passengers were welcomed by JAL chairman, Masaru Onishi, JAL senior vice president for the Americas, Hiroyuki Hioka, and massport director of aviation, Ed Freni. Lexington Minutemen in traditional uniform were visible as customers began arriving for the first service to Japan and the aircraft has now left Boston Logan as flight JAL007 bound for Tokyo, Narita, accomplishing JAL’s maiden revenue round-trip flights of the GEnx-powered Dreamliner. This was also the debut of the world’s newest aircraft type in the United States.

The new transpacific service is currently the tenth joint business route offered with other oneworld alliance member American Airlines. Boston is the seventh gateway North America in JAL’s network. With the Japanese carrier’s codeshare arrangements with American Airlines and JetBlue Airways, customers are able to choose more convenient connections especially up and down the east coast of the US while beyond Japan, customers can connect to and from major Asian cities throughout JAL’s network at Tokyo, Narita.

JAL’s 787 Dreamliner is currently fitted with 42 seats in business in a two-two-two configuration, and 144 in economy class arranged in a two-four-two configuration. JAL currently has on order a total of 45 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.