Japan Airlines has made its inaugural flight from Tokyo to San Diego International, the first nonstop service to the airport from Asia. It was also the first B787 Dreamliner to call at SAN.
Prior to JAL’s launch of the four-a-week service–which increases to daily from March–San Diego had been the largest U.S. city with no direct flights to Asia, forcing customers to connect over Los Angeles or San Francisco.
The city’s mayor-elect, Bob Filner, said: “The start of this momentous service marks a direct way for the citizens of San Diego to reach Tokyo and additional Asian points beyond. We’re grateful for this important global link and the economic benefits it will bring to our region.”
JAL President Yoshiharu Ueki added: “JAL is delighted to be a new member of the San Diego community, and to be the first to provide residents with a bridge to Tokyo- Narita and one-stop connections to more than 15 destinations throughout Asia.”
SAN is served by 16 passenger and four all-cargo airlines, and handled 114,000 tons of cargo and mail in 2011.