Japan Airlines has set December 2 as the date for the launch of its new non-stop service between Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and San Diego.
The airline will fly the new route four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Japan Airlines (JAL) will operate the route as a joint-business service with fellow oneworld member and joint business partner American Airlines.
Customers can make bookings with JAL from June 14 at 8:00 a.m. JST (June 13, 7:00 p.m. EDT) via its call centers and websites, as well as with American from later this month. Reservations via JAL’s American Region website www.ar.jal.com will be available from June 14, U.S. local times.
JAL will fly the Tokyo Narita-San Diego route with Boeing 787-8s configured with Business Class and Economy cabins.
It schedule for the service will see see flight JL066 (also given the American Airlines codeshare flight number AA5906) depart Narita International Airport (IATA code NRT) at 5:10 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and arrive at San Diego International Airport (SAN) at 9:45 a.m. the same day, local time, after crossing the International Dateline.
In the other direction, flight JL065 (also given the American Airlines flight number AA5907) leave SAN at 11:30 a.m. and touch down at NRT at 4:30 p.m. the following day, local time.
Japan Airlines will eventually increase its service frequency on the route to a daily flight. The carrier will announce the launch date for the additional frequencies in the future, in accordance with its Boeing 787 delivery schedule. The flight and fleet schedule is subject to government approval and change.
JAL will also add two more weekly round-trips (on Mondays and Saturdays) between Tokyo Narita and Delhi, making the route a daily service from October 28.
To accommodate more high-yield corporate traffic demand, JAL will switch the aircraft deployed on the route from the Boeing 787-8 to the larger Boeing 777-200ER, which also offers Premium Economy service.
Japan Airlines will initially use Boeing 777-200ERs on three of seven Tokyo Narita-Delhi flights a week from October 28 to November 30, until it is ready to make the full switch from the 787-8 currently assigned to the route. Initially JAL will operate 777-200ERs on the route on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
After analyzing market demands and feedback from customers, the airline has also decided to change the days on which it operates its three-times-weekly Tokyo Narita-Moscow service.
At present, JAL operates its non-stops between Tokyo Narita and Moscow on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. From October 28, JAL will change the days of operation to Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, to meet customers’ travel needs better. JAL will operate the route with Boeing 787-8s.