LONDON – Through joint venture agreements set between American and Japan Airlines (JAL), a new non-stop service between Seattle (SEA) and Tokyo-Narita International Airport (NRT) is to launch next year.

The service will launch on March 31, 2019, on a daily basis on Japan Airlines’ Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

This will be JAL’s sixth west coast route operating between Japan and North America.

“We are pleased to announce the introduction of the Seattle-Narita route, which will go into service in March 2019, said Tadashi Fujita, VP of Japan Airlines.

“Along with our joint business partner, American Airlines, we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Asia for business or pleasure who will experience Japanese hospitality from the moment they step onboard the aircraft,” he added.

Likewise, American Airlines President Robert Isom commented on the growing partnership between the two sides, which will “strengthen American and JAL’s joint business across the Pacific and meet the growing demand in the Seattle-Tokyo market.”

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Isom added that AA’s customers in Seattle “will soon have nonstop service to one of the world’s most important business and leisure destinations, as well as convenient connections to many other cities in Asia.”

All in local times, JL068 will depart Narita at 1800 and arrive into Seattle at 1100. The return, JL067 will depart Seattle at 1420 and arrive back into Narita at 1630 the next day.

This route probably comes as a response to Delta’s presence on this segment.

For JAL, this route will also bring an extended partnership with Alaska Airlines, which will offer direct connectivity to 20 codeshared flights.