ANA’s Tokyo Narita to Seattle
Rising a kanpai toast with sake in Seattle were Port of Seattle’s Tay Yoshitani, CEO, and Rob Holland, Commissioner; as well as Christine Gregoire, Washington State Governor; together with ANA’s SEVP Keisuke Okada; Yuji Hirako, SVP Americas; and Toshio Nomura, GM Seattle.
Kagami-wari, a traditional Japanese ceremony celebrating a new beginning by breaking the sake cask open with mullets, was performed by Sea-Tac’s and ANA’s officials. To ascertain the future success of the route, sake was then shared with everyone – including all the passengers of the first flight.
- Passenger wishing to travel between Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Seattle-Tacoma, WA (SEA) now have a choice of three carriers. On 25 July, ANA joined its Star Alliance partner United, as well as Delta in serving the market with daily flights. The route will initially be served by 247-seat 777-300ER aircraft but ANA expects to transition to the 787 later this year. Seattle-Tacoma airport was the 16th busiest airport in the US last year with passenger numbers growing 4.0% to 32.8 million. The airport has non-stop services to five destinations in Asia; Beijing (China), Osaka Kansai (Japan), Seoul Incheon (South Korea), Taipei (Taiwan) and Tokyo Narita (Japan).