Japan Airlines began nonstop services between Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Tokyo Narita Airport today, reviving a route that was discontinued in 2001. JAL will begin with four flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday utilizing Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on the route.
The carrier is considering going to daily service in spring 2016, according to a news release from DFW Airport.
The new route is part of a joint venture agreement between JAL and American Airlines Group, both members of the Oneworld alliance.
JAL previously had flights between Tokyo and D/FW Airport, but discontinued service following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“We’re excited to welcome Japan Airlines back to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport with their Dreamliner service to Tokyo,” said DFW Airport CEO 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 travelers from Japan to the United States and Latin America.”
JAL Chairman 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.
“The Dallas/Fort Worth region is a strategic addition to Japan Airlines’ growing network of global destinations,” JAL Chairman Onishi said. “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.”
Japan Airlines becomes the 14th international carrier to serve Dallas Fort Worth from DFW’s International Terminal D.
Over the past decade, DFW Airport has expanded its focus on international destinations and world-class amenities, attracting 12 new international carriers and 22 new international destinations. DFW Airport currently hosts routes to 149 domestic and 58 international destinations and serves 7 million international passengers annually, an increase of more than 38 percent.