Japan Airlines will add a second daily round-trip on its Tokyo Narita-New York JFK route on March 30.
According to JAL Group, Japan Airlines’ parent company, the second daily round-trip will be operated by Boeing 787-8 equipment.
Japan Airlines’ second daily flight from Tokyo Narita to New York JFK will depart Narita International Airport (IATA code NRT) in the evening and the return flight from New York JFK (JFK) will depart in the morning, in order to provide customers with more travel options and convenience.
Additionally, Japan Airlines says the new service will offer improved accessibility to and from South America, where demand for air travel is robustly growing. This is because the arrival of its new inbound flight to New York JFK is timed to connect within periods of 2 hours 30 minutes with oneworld alliance partner American Airlines’ non-stop flights to São Paulo and Buenos Aires.
The connections to one of JAL’s outbound flights from New York JFK to Narita (its new flight JL003) from American’s inbound flights from São Paulo and Buenos Aires to JFK are also convenient.
Connecting time between the arrival of American Airlines’ inbound flight from São Paulo and the departure of JL003 is 2 hours 30 minutes, while the connecting time between the arrival of American’s inbound Buenos Aires flight and JL003’s departure is 3 hours 10 minutes.
Accessibility between New York JFK and cities throughout Asia via Tokyo Narita will also improve greatly, according to JAL. The number of Asian cities with same-day connections to JFK will increase from six cities to 12 cities. Transit times at Tokyo Narita will also be improved for passengers connecting from Asia to North America.
Japan Airlines’ schedule for its new daily flight between Tokyo Narita and New York JFK will see flight JL004 depart NRT at 7:45 p.m. daily from March 30 to October 26, 2014 and land at New York JFK at 8:00 p.m. the same day, local time, after crossing the International Dateline en route.
In the other direction, flight JL003 will leave JFK at 9:30 a.m. and arrive at NRT at 12:40 p.m. the following day, local time, after crossing the International Dateline.
According to JAL, the departure time of JL004 will be 10 minutes earlier and the departure time of JL003 will be 10 minutes later during the period from May 1 to September 30. This is presumably to take into account the strength of the headwinds and tailwinds generally encountered on the route during the summer period, or for another scheduling reason.
The Tokyo Narita-New York JFK route is one of the routes covered in the transpacific joint business agreement between Japan Airlines and American Airlines. JAL codeshares with American on its existing flight and also plans to codeshare with American on its new flight on the route.
JAL’s existing daily flight JL006 from Tokyo Narita to New York JFK, operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, departs NRT at 11:10 a.m. and arrives at JFK at 11:05 a.m. the same day, local time, after crossing the International dateline.
In the other direction, its existing daily JFK-Narita flight JL005 leaves JFK at 1:15 p.m. and reaches NRT at 4:25 p.m. the following day, local time, after crossing the International Dateline.
The arrival time of JL006 will be 10 minutes later and the departure time of JL005 will be 10 minutes later during the period from May 1 to September 30, 2014, according to JAL.