Japan Airlines has one of my favorite first class products in the world, and has a pretty decent route network to the US — they fly from:
- Tokyo Narita to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York JFK, and San Diego
- Tokyo Haneda to San Francisco
- Osaka to Los Angeles
They’re fairly good about releasing award space, both in business class and first class. While business class awards are usually available as soon as the schedule opens, first class awards are typically most readily available last minute.
It looks like Japan Airlines’ US route network will soon be expanding, and this one is especially useful for American flyers.
Via airlineroute.net, Japan Airlines will launch 4x weekly Boeing 787-8 flights between Tokyo Narita and Dallas as of November 30, 2015. The flight will operate with the following schedule:
JL12 Tokyo Narita to Dallas departing 10:55AM arriving 7:20AM
JL11 Dallas to Tokyo Narita departing 11:45AM arriving 4:25PM (+1 day)
The new service will operate in both directions on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
This flight is in addition to American’s twice daily Boeing 777 flights between Tokyo Narita and Dallas, which are presently operated by American’s old 777s, featuring their old first class product and angled business class product.
American and Japan Airlines have a transpacific joint venture, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see American cut one of their daily flights and instead launch a different route with it (perhaps even the Los Angeles to Tokyo Haneda route they plan to launch eventually).
Japan Airlines will use a Boeing 787 on this route, which features a business, premium economy, and economy cabin. There’s no first class on their 787s. While JAL initially installed angled business class seats on their 787s, they’re in the process of reconfiguring their 787 fleet with new, fully flat business class seats. Hopefully this route gets those seats right away, though if it doesn’t it’s only a matter of time until they do.
The new Dallas to Tokyo route isn’t yet bookable, though I’ll be sure to post when it is, as I expect there will be a good amount of business class award availability.
Are you excited about JAL’s new route between Dallas and Tokyo?