JAL to Begin Daily Nonstop Seattle – Tokyo Service

Bruce Rutledge

Bruce is the editor-in-chief based in Seatle

JAPAN AIRLINES (JAL) will begin a daily nonstop service between Seattle and Narita International Airport in Tokyo on March 31, 2019.

Now Seattleites can enjoy JAL’s renowned “omotenashi-style” service on their journey to Japan. Omotenashi originated with Sen no Rikyu in the 16th century as part of the spirit of Chado, or the Way of Tea. JAL also utilizes a unique LED color scheme inflight to reflect the Chado sensibility of honoring the seasons while delivering patient and thoughtful hospitality. The spirit of omotenashi can be seen in both tangible and intangible ways on JAL flights.

The new service will operate with state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 aircraft, which are fitted with JAL’s latest award-winning seats. In business class, customers can delight in a truly private space , and each JAL SKY SUITE ensures maximum comfort and sleep. An automated partition give passengers an additional level privacy.

In most standard Boeing 787 configurations, there are nine economy class seats in each row. JAL has reduced that number to eight to create more space and legroom. Skytrax has named JAL seats the “Best Economy Class Airline Seats” for three straight years.

An added convenience for JAL customers is the airline’s expanded North American network via codeshare flights on Alaska Airlines-operated flights. The two airlines are also engaged in a reciprocal frequent flyer program relationship. For example, JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) members can earn valuable miles when flying on Alaska Airlines or redeem miles for award travel.

To celebrate the launch of direct service from Seattle to Tokyo, JMB members can earn double miles when flying JAL on this transpacific route using eligible fares. (Restrictions may apply. Visit jal.co.jp/en/ for details.) The Seattle-Tokyo flight is about 10 hours. Enjoy the omotenashi along the way.

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