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Port of Seattle Welcomes Japan Airlines (JAL) Announcement to Begin Service in 2019 to Sea-Tac Airport

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Press event at Sea-Tac announcing Japan Airlines will begin daily Seattle-Tokyo service in the spring of 2019 using Boeing 787s, 26 September 2018.

Service via Boeing 787-8 aircraft with daily service beginning March 31

SEATTLE (September 26, 2018) – The Port of Seattle today joined Alaska Airlines and Visit Seattle to welcome executives from Japan Airlines (JAL) and its Pacific Joint Business partner American Airlines as they announced nonstop service beginning March 31, 2019 between Tokyo-Narita (NRT) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new daily service via Boeing 787-8 aircraft will be a welcome back to Seattle as JAL previously served nonstop route to Tokyo from 1983 to 1992.

“Tokyo is Seattle’s second largest international market, and is a strong destination for both business and leisure travelers,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins. “With additional growth of international services in response to the demand of our growing region, this announcement highlights the need to move forward with the construction of new International Arrivals Facility.”

L to R: Lance Lyttle, Managing Director, Sea-Tac Airport, Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins; Chikako Endo, JAL; Brad Tilden, CEO Alaska Airlines; Tadashi Fujita, Ex. VP Japan Airlines; Joe Mohan, VP Alliances and Partnerships, American Airlines; Tom Norwalk, CEO Visit Seattle.

“We are pleased to announce the introduction of the Seattle-Narita route, which will go into service in March 2019. Along with our joint business partner, American Airlines, we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Asia for business or pleasure who will experience Japanese hospitality from the moment they step onboard the aircraft,” said Tadashi Fujita, Executive Vice President of Japan Airlines.

“We love partnering with Japan Airlines to bring their Tokyo service back to Sea-Tac,” said Brad Tilden, Alaska Airlines Chief Executive Officer. “Every day, our global partners connect almost ten 737s full of our Mileage Plan members to international markets. Guests traveling to Japan and throughout Asia can look forward to JAL’s warm hospitality and amazing inflight experience the moment they step on the plane.”

“Visit Seattle is honored to welcome Japan Airlines back to Sea-Tac Airport,” said Tom Norwalk, President and CEO of Visit Seattle. “Japan is a critically important visitor market for our destination and this non-stop service from JAL will provide our Japanese visitors another wonderful option when flying to Seattle. I applaud JAL for its use of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on this route and I look forward to personally welcoming the inaugural flight next spring.”

“This new route will strengthen American and JAL’s joint business across the Pacific and meet the growing demand in the Seattle-Tokyo market,” said American Airlines President Robert Isom. “Our customers in Seattle will soon have nonstop service to one of the world’s most important business and leisure destinations, as well as convenient connections to many other cities in Asia.”

Flight Schedule: Tokyo (Narita) – Seattle Service
Daily service beginning March 31, 2019.

The flight schedule is subject to government approval. Japan Airlines is the third airline to launch service to Tokyo-Narita from Sea-Tac Airport, joining ANA and Delta Air Lines.

International Service at Sea-Tac
Sea-Tac Airport welcomed seven new international airlines in the last two years. Last year in 2017, we welcomed four new international airlines – Virgin Atlantic, Eurowings, Norwegian and Aeromexico. This year we received three international carriers – Air France, Thomas Cook Airlines and Aer Lingus. In addition to today’s announcement by JAL, Cathay Pacific Airways previously announced planned service to start in 2019.

The Port of Seattle is poised to welcome more international travelers with a newInternational Arrivals Facility scheduled to be completed in May 2020 and ready for passengers in August 2020 following extensive systems testing. The facility will double passenger capacity, reduce connection times and increase gates capable of serving international wide body airplanes from 12 to 20.

About Japan Airlines
Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded in 1951 and became the first international airline in Japan. A member of the oneworld® alliance, the airline now reaches more than 349 airports in 54 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners with a modern fleet of 230 aircraft. JAL Mileage Bank (JMB), the airline’s loyalty program, is one of the largest mileage programs in Asia. Awarded as one of the most punctual major international airlines and a certified 5-Star Airline by Skytrax, JAL is committed to providing customers with the highest levels of flight safety and quality in every aspect of its service and aims to become one of the most preferred airlines in the world. For more information, please visit www.jal.com/en/outline/.

About Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Operated by the Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA, KSEA) is ranked as the 9th busiest U.S. airport, serving nearly 46.9 million passengers and more than 425,800 metric tons of air cargo in 2017. With a regional economic impact of more than $22.5 billion in business revenue, Sea-Tac generates 151,400 jobs (87,300 direct jobs) representing over $3.6 billion in direct earnings and more than $442 million in state and local taxes. Thirty-four airlines serve 91 non-stop domestic and 28 international destinations including Canada, Mexico and seasonal operations.