Japan Airlines (JAL) received its first two 787s last month out of its total order of 45 Dreamliners. They plan to use the planes to increase international services by 25 percent by 2017.
On Sunday 22nd April, JAL flew the first scheduled 787 Dreamliner passenger service into the USA, with its new Tokyo to Boston service, the first time ever these two cities have been linked by direct AIR service. JAL will fly the 14 hour hop four times a week: From Boston: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This shows the potential of then plane combining its capacity and range. The carrier says it has bookings for about 98 percent of seats this month and 90 percent for May which is an excellent situation for the airline (less so for passengers who like a spare seat next to them!).
The airline plans to add a new service to San Diego with the Dreamliner. This will be followed by Helsinki in February. They will then replace 767 and 777 aircraft on services to Moscow, New Delhi and Singapore.JAL are suggesting services to London and New York will be boosted and services to Madrid (Hub of One World partner: Iberia), Berlin and Dusseldorf (hub of another One World partner: Air Berlin). They may re open flights from Osaka’s Kansai and Nagoya airports that weren’t profitable with 777s.
JAL has 186 seats on their 787s. 42 are in Executive Class arranged 2-2-2. with a seat Pitch: 60.2″ Width: 54.0″ The 144 Economy sests are arranged 2-4-2 and have a 30-32.0″ pitch and 18.5″ width.