Japan Airlines Celebrates 50 Years of Service to Los Angeles
El Segundo, CA – May 29, 2009: Today marks another milestone in Japan Airlines' extensive history as the carrier celebrates 50 years of service to and from Los Angeles.
Japan Airlines' first flight, operated by a propeller-powered DC-7C named "The City of Los Angeles," departed Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) at 10:30 p.m. on May 28th. and landed in Los Angeles on May 29, 1959, some 25 hours later after making one stop in Honolulu. Upon arrival, the forty passengers onboard were greeted with grand fanfare including live music played by the Westchester High School Band.
Japan Airlines is holding a special ceremony at the Los Angeles International Airport today to mark this golden anniversary with such distinguished guests in attendance as Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles, the Honorable Junichi Ihara, and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Executive Director, Ms. Gina Marie Lindsey.
"From our inaugural DC-7 flight fifty years ago to each and every flight thereafter, we have continually strived to ensure safe operations." said Yasuyoshi Suzuki, Vice President and Regional Manager – Los Angeles. "We are truly grateful to every customer and to the people of Los Angeles for their support, and we are committed to providing superior service into the future."
Japan Airlines, the first international airline to offer service between Los Angeles and Tokyo, currently offers daily Boeing 747-400 service between the two cities. At the end of October 2009,* JAL will introduce new B777-300ER four-class service onto the route.
*Subject to Change.
About Japan Airlines
The JAL Group is Asia's biggest airline group in terms of sales revenues and 2nd largest in Asia in terms of passengers carried annually. JAL Group airlines serve 220 airports in 35 countries and territories, including nearly 60 airports in Japan. The JAL Group operates a fleet of some 270 aircraft including Boeing 747s and B777s and is now in the process of a major fleet renewal, introducing more fuel-efficient small and medium aircraft such as the B737 New Generation series and in the future the new high-tech Boeing 787 "Dreamliner".
In August 2008, JAL began introducing new B777-300ER four-class service onto its New York – Tokyo (JL005/006) and San Francisco – Tokyo flights offering luxurious suites in JAL First Class, improved JAL Shell Flat NEO seats in JAL Executive Class, and the industry's first shell-shaped slide-down seat in JAL Premium Economy. The new aircraft will be introduced onto the carrier's Los Angeles – Tokyo and Chicago – Tokyo routes in Fall 2009. A member of the oneworld® global alliance, JAL offers customers many benefits including the JAL Mileage Bank frequent flier program.
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