Japan Airlines will be returning to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport this fall.
The Japanese carrier will launch service four times a week between DFW and Tokyo’s Narita Airport on Nov. 30. JAL said it will use a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner, which has 161 seats, including the airline’s “sky suite” in business class. The airline is considering going to daily service next spring.
“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,” said JAL President Yoshiharu Ueki.
The new route is the latest addition to the joint venture agreement between JAL and American Airlines. Under the agreement, the two airlines share revenue, sales and marketing on certain flights between Japan and the U.S.
The flight will depart DFW at 11:45 a.m. and arrive in Tokyo at 4:25 p.m. the next day. The return flight will leave Tokyo at 10:55 a.m. and arrive at DFW at 7:20 a.m. the same day.
Recently, American received government approval to start service between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Los Angeles, which will also be operated as part of the joint venture. American currently offers two daily flights between DFW and Tokyo Narita.
JAL had previously flown the DFW-Tokyo Narita route, starting in March 1999, with a Boeing 747. However, it discontinued the service shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9-11.