Japan Airlines returns to Dallas/Fort Worth

1 Sep 2015 by GrahamSmith

Japan Airlines will launch a B787-8 service between Tokyo Narita and Dallas/Fort Worth later this year.

The airline will commence the four-times weekly operation on November 30 and is "considering" a daily service in spring 2016. It suspended the route shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

JAL will mutually codeshare on the route with fellow Oneworld carrier and joint business partner American Airlines, which operates a twice-daily B777-200 between the two airports.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, outbound service JL012 will depart Tokyo at 1055 and arrive in Dallas at 0720. Return service JL011 will leave Dallas at 1145 and land in Tokyo at 1625 the following day.

JAL president Yoshiharu Ueki said: "We are pleased to announce the return of Dallas/Fort Worth to our international network, which becomes our eighth gateway in North America and our fourth US service launch in just over three years."

Subject to government approval, passengers transitting through Dallas/Fort Worth will be able to check baggage through to their final destination to/from select countries outside of the US.

Andrew Nocella, American's chief marketing officer, added: "American is making great strides to expand our presence in Asia, and this partnership represents a key component of that effort.

"This new service complements American's existing service and brings more choice for our customers travelling between Asia and the US, providing more opportunities to connect Asia to South America."

JAL and American launched their joint business agreement across the Pacific Ocean in 2011 (see news, January 2011).

Graham Smith

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