Tuesday, May 1, 2012

JAL 787 lands in Delhi

Neelam Mathews
May 1, 2012

Delhi’s Terminal-3 became the first to get the 787 commercial flight by Japan Airlines from Narita, Tokyo. Introduction of this new aircraft by Japan Airlines is going to enhance its flight operations to India seven flights a week from October. Currently, the carrier operates five flights a week between New Delhi and Tokyo with a Boeing 777 aircraft. As a start, JAL will start the 787 service on 4 out of the 5 weekly flights between New Delhi and Narita, Tokyo.

On April 22 this year, Japan Airlines debuted 787 service to the U.S, thereby launching the first-ever non-stop flight between Boston and Asia. Now JAL has introduced the 787 on the New Delhi Tokyo route.

The Boeing 787 is the first airplane to provide both long distance capabilities with mid-size capacity, allowing airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public. Sixty customers have 868 Dreamliners on order.

Yasushi Isomura, Country Manager, Japan Airlines, said, “With the launch of the Dreamliner India will become the 2nd country in JAL’s operations to get this special high end craft. This reiterates our commitment to the Indian market and also talks about the importance of this market in India.”

JAL’s 787 is currently fitted with 42 seats in business, featuring the Executive Class JAL SHELL FLAT NEO seats that are 5 cm (2 inches) wider (than the seats now fitted on JAL’s Boeing 777s) in a 2-2-2 configuration, and 144 in Economy Class with 2 cm (0.8 inches) wider space than current seats and arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration. JAL has on order a total of 45 Boeing 787s.

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