On February 15th, Japan Airlines announced that they will be launching a new non-stop service from Tokyo to San Diego International Airport. These flights will be the first nonstop flights ever between Asia and San Diego. San Diego International Airport will be the fifth city in the United States to offer nonstop flights to Asia. Service will begin in December with four flights per week, and in March of 2013, daily flights from Tokyo to San Diego will be available. The flights are scheduled to begin on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday until March. The flights will be just less than fourteen hours long. They will be scheduled to leave San Diego International airport at noon and will arrive at Narita International Airport at nearly 5 PM the next day, because the flight crosses the International Date Line. Return flights leaving Tokyo will depart at 5:30 PM and arrive in San Diego at 10:30 AM te next day.
Japan Airlines is a Tokyo-based airline company. They stated that these flights are part of a business deal between themselves and American Airlines. San Diego International Airport has the largest US passenger market to Asia, but up until now passengers had to travel to LAX in Los Angeles or even up to San Francisco to get a direct flight.
The company will be running these flights out of Narita International Airport in Tokyo and will be flying with the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. This will make the San Diego Airport also the fifth city in the United States to be serviced by this new luxury aircraft. The Dreamliner contains both executive and economy class flight cabins. The Dreamliner is said to be a revolutionary aircraft that will change the way travelers feel about flying. The aircraft supposedly creates a more comfortable environment that will have you feeling less jet lagged and more relaxed throughout the flight. This aircraft boasts bigger seats with cushions, a more comfortable cabin with better temperature control and lighting, as well as less airsickness. There are also bigger windows and larger overhead space, so no one will have to force a bag beneath the seat in front of them and eliminate all of their legroom. Passenger numbers on these 787 aircrafts have been higher than on other long flights from Tokyo, indicating that while the differences might seem slight, they are worth taking advantage of.
This added flight from San Diego to Tokyo is also a result of the popularity of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. American Airlines has stated that as Boeing creates more of these Dreamliner aircrafts, they will continue to expand their flight schedule. As soon as more planes can be delivered, American Airlines plans to service San Jose, California, as well as Seattle, Washington with nonstop trips to Tokyo.