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San Jose gets new Tokyo nonstops

Advertisement for ANA's new 787 Dreamliner at Tokyo's Haneda Airport (Photo: Infradept / Flickr)

Yesterday, Japan’s ANA (All Nipp0n Airways) announced that it would bring nonstop service back to Mineta San Jose International airport starting this April. (American Airlines offered SJC-NRT nonstops until 2005).

What’s most exciting about the announcement is that ANA will deploy the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the route. ANA is the launch customer for Boeing’s newest aircraft and the San Jose flights (as well as those to/from Seattle) will mark the first commercial Dreamliner flights in the US. Currently, ANA only flies the 787 on intra-Asian routes.

So far, all we have is an announcement- There is no firm start date for the flights and when I checked on ANA’s website today, San Jose is not yet listed as an origin or destination city.

Here’s part of ANA’s announcement:

Flying long-haul services to these two key West Coast destinations will enable ANA to maximize the Dreamliner’s efficiency and performance. The Dreamliner uses 20 per cent less fuel than similar-sized aircraft, making it the first mid-sized airplane capable of flying long-range routes, and offers new standards of passenger comfort because of its composite structure and interior design.

Shinichiro Ito, President and CEO of ANA Group, commented: “We are very pleased to announce the launch of further international Dreamliner services to these two new destinations on the west coast of the United States. We will make full use of the efficiencies of the 787 as well as capitalizing on our close relationship with United and Continental Airlines to enhance the competitiveness of our joint ventures with these two Star Alliance partners.”

“Seattle is an important international business hub and home to companies such as Microsoft, Amazon and, of course, Boeing itself while San Jose is in the heart of Silicon Valley. Passenger demand to fly to both destinations is high, not only from Japan but from many Asian cities. The launch of these new services will make ANA the only Japanese airline to operate the two routes, as well as the only carrier to operate the Narita-San Jose route.”

ANA currently operates daily nonstop flights from San Francisco to Japan using Boeing 777-300ER with new “Inspiration of Japan” interiors.

  • Ken

    The San Jose Airport, via Twitter, told me “The Airport will be opening a common use lounge by the time ANA begins operating.” Finally!

  • Louis

    The draw of being able to fly the 787 should offset the pain of flying in and out of San Jose.

  • John

    The 787 is perfect for this flight. SJC is a second tier city that this plane is made for. It will offer no first class seats and 46 C seats with 121 in Y. As this will be one of the first cities to receive the 787, it is too small and does not offer a first class for SFO service. SFO will still get the new design 77W with inspiration of Japan interiors.

    On a side note, SJC does not have a business class lounge. Interesting to see how they solve this if they plan to.

  • Dean

    It’s exciting that the Bay Area will be one of the first US destinations to receive the amazing “Deam Machine”. It sets new high standards for comfort and global flying. This area is a prime location to prove what it can do with many destinations that will be available non-stop instead of via connections.