All Things Travel: Boston-Tokyo Service An Early Success

July 24, 2012 12:00 AM
All Things Travel: Boston-Tokyo Service An Early Success
" BOSTON (CBS) – The first non-stop service between Boston and Tokyo is an initial success.

That was the word at the Oneworld alliance booth at the Global Business Travel Association conference this week at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, which ends Wednesday.  Former president Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker.

Bob Weiss, CBS Boston travel contributor

Japan Airlines is flying the new route assisted in Boston by their alliance partner American Airlines.

Massport, which operates Logan Airport, has also made a strong commitment to the program with marketing incentives.

JAL is flying the daily route with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft and that is helping draw passengers.

“It has exceeded our expectations with 90-percent full loads,” said Keisuke Suzuki, vice president of passenger marketing the Americas for JAL.

“More and more companies like Wellington Management, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Fidelity are coming on board.”

“We expected load factors to be in the 70′s and we are very pleased with traffic so far. The big test will be November, January and February,” added Suzuki "

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