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JAL to add San Diego to 787 network in Dec-2012, Helsinki to follow in Mar-2013

15-Feb-2012 6:20 PM

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced (15-Feb-2012) it will launch new non-stop service from Tokyo Narita to San Diego in Dec-2012 and to Helsinki in Mar-2013, utilising Boeing 787-8 aircraft on both routes. This will supplement 787 service between Tokyo Narita and Boston which is scheduled to commence from 22-Apr-2012, subject to necessary approvals. Details include:

  • San Diego: The San Diego service will be the first non-stop route linking San Diego with Japan and Asia, with JAL to initially serve the city with four times weekly frequency from Dec-2012, increasing to daily from Mar-2013. The service will be part of the trans-Pacific joint business agreement between JAL and oneworld alliance partner, American Airlines, which is scheduled to codeshare on this route;
  • Helsinki: With the Tokyo Narita-Helsinki route, JAL will open its first new service between Japan and Europe in 20 years. The service will be operated four times weekly from Mar-2013, with the carrier noting daily frequency is planned within 1HFY2013. Helsinki is the major hub airport of JAL's oneworld alliance partner Finnair, "with whom JAL plans to strengthen its relationship". Inaugural flight date and start of sales and reservations will be announced at a later date. [more - original PR] [more - CAPA Analysis]