JAL Launching Tokyo To Dallas Flights In November 2015

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?


  1. They are slow at reconfiguring their 788s. Two years and they only have how many 788s in their fleet? I can’t imagine it being more than 25.

    I’m interested in seeing when AA plans on doing LAX-HND. I thought they had to start it on 1st October? This will definitely be a war between DL and AA. Also, can AA keep their promise of operating this flight daily as well as utilizing a 772 on this route?

  2. Fantastic news for us OneWorld flyers! In the past I have taken this route from LAX but I have yet to fly JAL 787 and this will be a great opportunity to do so. Fantastic news and the value of AA miles for this it’s fantastic.

  3. If they are truly adding capacity and replacing one of AA’s flights (like NH did with one of UA’s ex-IAH) flights, this is good news.

    Perhaps it will also motivate airlines to reduce prices for direct flights from Texas. UA’s and NH’s flights are pretty expensive; AA’s are slightly cheaper but still nowhere near competitive with one-stop pricing offered by CA, BR, or AC.

  4. Toyota is about to move their USA headquarters from LA to Dallas, so this may have actually a lot of business class demand from Toyota and their supplier network.

  5. Tried to use the JAL site to book an award flight Dallas to Tokyo just now but no options on their site for DFW? anyway to book flights right now?

  6. Hi Ben,

    Had a somewhat related question I would like your opinion on.

    Booking a last minute trip to SGN and I have Cathay F booked on the outbound and Cathay J currently booked on the return because F wasn’t available for my dates. I am going to keep an eye on F availability as the flight approaches in hopes they might release more.

    I was thinking about trying to fly JAL F on the return but it adds another (domestic) connection onto the trip. The transpacific JAL flight I’m looking at is HND-SFO.

    This is my first time on either airline in F, so I know it’ll be great either way but wondering how you think the two airlines F products stack up against each other. I’d obviously take the JAL F over CX J, but if i have a choice between both in F on the return, is there a better choice?

  7. @Chim,

    I personnally like JAL First than CX. JL has better food. Service is about the same but CX staff has better English command. IFE is CX by far. I’d recommend you to try JL since you’ll fly CX first on the outbound.

  8. @Leon

    That was my thought as well. I don’t know how often I’ll get to fly to this part of the world so may be better to experience both while I have the chance! Thanks for the reply!

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