ANA launches new Dreamliner service from Tokyo to San José

During the launch event for ANA’s new route from Tokyo to San José, guests and passengers enjoyed watching kagami-wari, the traditional Japanese ritual of breaking a sake barrel as a symbol of new beginning here performed by San José Airport’s Aviation Director, Bill Sherry; Consul General of Japan in San Francisco, Hiroshi Inomata; US Ambassador to Japan, John Roos; San José’s Mayor, Chuck Reed; former Secretary of Transportation and Commerce, Norman Mineta; and ANA’s Chairman, Yoji Ohashi.

  • ANA, the largest Japanese airline in terms of passenger movements, inaugurated new flights from its Tokyo Narita (NRT) hub to the third-largest city in California, San José (SJC), on 11 January. The airline deploys one of its 17-strong 787 fleet to provide five-weekly frequencies on the 8,300-kilometre route over the Pacific. During the inaugural ceremony in Tokyo, ANA’s President and CEO, Shinichiro Ito, said: “We are confident that passenger demand will remain high between San José and Japan, as well as other Asian cities, with Tokyo as the gateway into Asia. Reservations for the route are already showing great demand and we are excited that customers will enjoy ANA’s utmost service with Japanese hospitality on our innovative Dreamliner”. The new route is the first direct routing between Japan and San Jose since October 2006, when American Airlines withdrew its daily 777-operated service.

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