MIAMI — Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced the return-to-service to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) from Tokyo-Narita (NRT), starting November 30, 2015 in a codeshare with American Airlines (AA).
“We are pleased to announce the return of Dallas/Fort Worth to our international network, which becomes our eighth gateway in North America and our fourth U.S. service launch in just over three years,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines. The carrier also announced that the route will be operated four times a week, and is considering upgrading the route to daily in Spring 2016.
In a mailed statement, Japan Airlines will launch the route with its 787-8 Dreamliners fitted with its SkySuite 787 Product, a three-class cabin seating for 161 passengers. “By making full use of the efficiencies of the Dreamliner as well as capitalizing on our even stronger relationship with American Airlines, we are confident this resumed service will provide even more valuable links for commercial and cultural exchanges for our customers in both regions and beyond.” Ueki commented.
Currently, American Airlines offers twice-daily service from Dallas to Tokyo-Narita with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, a route ranked among the top five busiest international routes out of DFW.
In the last years, DFW Airport has broadened its international presence after years behind other similarly-sized airports, relying largely on American Airlines’ oneworld alliance partners such as Qatar and Qantas Airways, which offer flights to Doha and Sydney respectively (the longest air route at the present time). Also, the incorporation of the Boeing 787-8 in American Airlines fleet is allowing the carrier to pioneer new long, thin routes such as the current service from DFW to Beijing.
“We are honored to welcome back Japan Airlines to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and are excited about the outstanding connectivity and customer service they will provide to passengers flying to Japan and throughout Asia,” said Sean Donohue, chief executive officer of DFW Airport.