JAL Returns To Dallas After 14-Year Absence

Japan Airlines will resume nonstop flights between Tokyo Narita and Dallas/Ft. Worth on 30 November 2015 for the first time since 2001.

Japan Airlines will resume nonstop flights between Tokyo Narita and Dallas/Ft. Worth on 30 November 2015 for the first time since 2001. JAL last operated Dallas service in late 2001 with a Boeing MD-11 aircraft. The new service will be flown with a Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

The carrier will fly four times per week, joining oneworld alliance member American Airlines, which operates twice daily service using Boeing 777-200 aircraft. There will be 18 weekly flights between the two cities when JAL returns. The carrier said the AA partnership was a factor in its return.

“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, Japan Airlines.

“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,” he added.

American offers connections to more than 200 destinations via DFW. AA and JAL began a Pacific Joint Business partnership in April 2011, and JAL has been expanding to U.S. markets since then. An AA press release said JAL is considering expanding the DFW flights to daily in the spring of 2016.