|A Japan Airlines 787 arriving at San Diego for the First Time|
On Tuesday Vancouver International Airport announced that Japan Airlines would be the first carrier to bring the Boeing 787 with regularly scheduled service beginning February 3rd 2014.
“Metro Vancouver’s community of aviation enthusiasts – me included – is thrilled to welcome the Dreamliner to YVR,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Japan Airlines has connected travelers between Vancouver and Tokyo since 1968. After 45 years of great history and close to 23,000 flights, we are so pleased to celebrate JAL’s next chapter with the latest in aircraft technology.”
JAL will introduce the 787-8 Dreamliner to the YVR-NRT route using a phased approach, beginning with one weekly flight on Mondays and extending to its daily flights by March 2014.
This however will not be the first time for the Dreamliner to come to YVR as ANA has had its Seattle flight divert several times for a gas stop when it was too foggy for them to get into SeaTac.
It was originally believed and reported that China Southern was going to be the first airline to operate the 787 into YVR, however they aren't planning on having it operate on the route until February 10th 2014 just a week after Japan Airlines will start service. But unlike Japan Airlines, China Southern will operate the route daily with the 787 rather than one time a week service.