JAL Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives to a water cannon salute in San Diego. Photo: Brandon Farris / AirlineReporter.com.

JAL Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives to a water cannon salute in San Diego. Photo: Brandon Farris / AirlineReporter.com.

On Sunday December 2nd, Japan Airlines (JAL) began its all new service to San Diego from Tokyo-Narita becoming the first 787 operator into the airport and first airline to offer non-stop service to Asia from the city.

’œFlying directly into San Diego International Airport, which is conveniently located in the heart of the city, offers transpacific travelers a long-anticipated, efficient and time-saving option,’ said JAL President Yoshiharu Ueki. ’œJAL is delighted to also 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 connection to more than 15 destinations throughout Asia-a region of economical growth and development.’

The celebratory ribbon inside the terminal.

The celebratory ribbon inside the terminal. Photo: Brandon Farris / AirlineReporter.com.

JAL 66 came in for a smooth landing on-time at 09:50AM and was greeted with a water canon salute. This is the second US destination following the airline’s launch of Boston earlier this year. The service will begin with four times per week, connecting the two cities eventually going daily on March 1st 2013.

’œWe are very excited to bring the world’s newest airplane to the San Diego Region. The 787 is the reason that this route is happening today,’ JAL President Yoshiharu also went on to say,

JAL will operate the flight with the all new Boeing 787 Dreamliner; they have it configured in a two class configuration of 42 Executive Class seats set up in a 2-2-2 layout, and 144 Economy Class seats in a 2-4-2 layout for an overall total of 186 seats onboard its aircraft.

JAL's 787 (JA827J) sits at SAN.

JAL’s 787 (JA827J) sits at SAN. Photo: Brandon Farris / AirlineReporter.com.

’œOver the past few years, our bureau has worked closely in partnership with San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and other to expand international service into our destination,’ stated Joe Terzi, President & CEO of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau. ’œKey international markets like Japan represent an incredible opportunity for the continued growth of our region’s tourism industry, and this new Japan Airlines flight allows San Diego to become a stronger player in global tourism and business travel,’ Terzi added.

This presents major growth for the San Diego region between Alaska Airlines new offerings and British Airways daily 777 service to London Heathrow Airport. Japan Airlines flight marks the eighth international destination to be offered to residents and the San Diego community are excited by the continued expansion of flights being offered.

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This story written by…Brandon Farris, Correspondent. Brandon is an avid aviation geek based in Seattle. He got started in Photography and Reporting back in 2010. He loves to travel where ever he has to to cover the story and try to get the best darn shot possible.

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Mark C. (OKC)

Sweet! I’ve always loved San Diego. Anybody have clues to the expansion of air service there? I have not research the dynamics of the area, but the upgrade of air service must mean something good is happening in the area….. which is not something normal “For California” in my opinion.

Hey there Mark, it is great that you asked that, I actually will be doing a follow up article soon on that topic based on an interview I did with one of the airport executives.

Mark C. (OKC)

Thanks Brandon, am looking forward to that article. Hey David, I am really pleased with how this blog is moving forward with the additional writers. Keep up the great work. Cheers to all!

Congratulations! Now I can fly direct to the sunny city SanDiego.
Best wishes for everyone in JAL office.

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