Japan Airlines (JAL) has begun a nonstop service between Tokyo Narita (NRT) Airport and Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport, reviving a route that had been discontinued in 2001.
JAL will start the service with four flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday utilising Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. The airline announced plans to increase this to a daily service on March 20, 2016.
“We’re excited to welcome Japan Airlines back to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport with their Dreamliner service to Tokyo,” said CEO, DFW Airport, Sean Donohue. “Japan Airlines is known for providing an exceptional level of customer service, and it is the same kind of service that DFW seeks to provide to its customers. We know that DFW will be a convenient mid-continent gateway for travellers from Japan to the United States and Latin America.”
Chairman, JAL, Masaru Onishi led a traditional Japan Airlines gate ceremony to officially send off the aircraft to Tokyo. Departing passengers were invited to take part in the gate celebration, which included traditional Japanese cuisine, entertainment and gifts.
Onishi added: “The Dallas/Fort Worth region is a strategic addition to Japan Airlines’ growing network of global destinations. With DFW Airport’s central location, abundant connecting routes and exceptional amenities, we believe that more convenience and travel options can be offered to our customers travelling to and from Japan and beyond.”
In addition to the new route, JAL shares two daily DFW-NRT flights operated by American Airlines in a trans-Pacific joint business partnership through the oneworld alliance.