San Diego Sunday joined Seattle and Boston as the only U.S. cities with Boeing 787 international service.
Japan Airlines will fly four days a week from San Diego to Tokyo’s Narita Airport. The JAL service is the first service from San Diego nonstop to Asia.
Boston was the first U.S. city to host Dreamliner international service with flights to Tokyo. Sea-Tac Airport joined the club this fall with All Nippon Airways 787 service to Tokyo.
The composite-bodied aircraft was designed specifically to serve more lightly-traveled routes that couldn’t be economically served by larger aircraft.
The JAL service from Boston, like the JAL service from San Diego, is the first service to Tokyo from that city.
Sea-Tac already had Tokyo flights by Delta and United Airlines, but the Tokyo ANA flights were the first from Seattle by that airline.
United Airlines is using Dreamliners for flights within the United States before beginning international service next year from Houston to Lagos, Nigeria.