All Nippon Airways, the launch customer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will start flying the jet to the U.S. on April 1.
ANA will fly the Dreamliner from Tokyo’s Narita Airport to two West Coast cities: Seattle and San Jose, Calif.
United and Delta also operate Seattle–Tokyo routes; United and ANA are Star Alliance partners with antitrust immunity on transpacific routes.
ANA will be the only carrier serving the San Jose-Tokyo market.
“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,” said ANA President Shinichiro Ito.
“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,” he said.
CORRECTION: Japan Airlines, not ANA, will launch Tokyo-Boston service on April 22 using the Boeing 787.