It’s crazy to think that the first commercial 787 flights are right around the corner.
While ANA is the launch customer, I haven’t seen any good award redemption opportunities with them on the 787. Apparently they’ll be launching service between Tokyo Haneda and Frankfurt on the 787 come January, though it hasn’t been loaded into the system yet.
Totally by coincidence, though, I stumbled upon a 787 business class award redemption opportunity that seems too good to be true. Last week I posted about the tough time I had deciding between first class on Cathay Pacific and first class on Japan Airlines for a one way ticket I need to book from Asia to the US for next May.
As I was searching I kept seeing business class award space from Tokyo to Boston on Japan Airlines, even four seats on most flights. I felt like a total idiot, because I had no clue they flew the route. Well, it appears I’m not that much of an idiot (at least not as it relates to this), because they don’t fly the route. Rather, they’re launching four times weekly service on April 22, 2012, with the 787! Starting June 1 the service will be daily.
That’s right, Japan Airlines’ first 787 route is Boston, and there’s plenty of award availability.
On one hand I question whether the delivery date is actually that firm, though at the same time I have a hard time imagining they’d be advertising a new service on the aircraft if they weren’t confident about the schedule.
Anyway, this works out perfectly for me. Forget Cathay Pacific or Japan Airlines first class for the return portion of my May trip — it’ll be the 787 to Boston for me! The funny part is that Japan Airlines hasn’t even announced what kind of a seat they’ll have in business class. Here’s to hoping it’s at least fully flat.
Am I crazy for doing business class on the 787 over first class on Cathay Pacific or Japan Airlines, or would y’all do the same?
Anyway, if you want to fly the 787, the flights are wide open!