Japan Airlines To Launch San Francisco Flights Amid Tokyo Narita Route Expansion

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced that it will launch a flight to San Francisco amid a 2020 Tokyo Narita expansion. Japan Airlines’ decision to expand its Tokyo, Narita flights was explained in a press release from the Shinagawa-based airline on Wednesday.

Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
JAL will now have two daily flights from NRT to SFO. Photo: JAL

Utilizing its main hub at Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT), the Japanese national flag carrier plans to offer a twice-daily service over the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco. Service will start on Sunday, March 29th, 2020.

Japan Airlines hopes that by introducing a second flight on the popular Tokyo-San Francisco route, it will give business and leisure passengers more options when it comes to traveling throughout Asia and North America.

The second Tokyo Narita to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) flight is being offered as well as the current daily Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) to San Francisco flight. The current schedule looks like this:

Narita- San Francisco

  • Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JL058 Depart Narita 18:10 Arrive San Francisco 11:30.
  • Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JL057 Depart San Francisco 13:35 Arrive Narita 16:45 (+1).

JAL to offer a second daily flight to Guam

As well as the new San Francisco, flight Japan Airlines is also adding a second flight to the U.S. island territory of Guam for passengers in search of a beach vacation at this popular resort destination. Flights to Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM) will commence at 14:00 on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019. (Japan Time).

JAL to offer a second daily flight to Guam with SKY SUITE seats. Photo: JAL

With leisure travel from Japan continuing to remain strong to the Micronesian island nation, JAL will operate a Boeing 767-300ER on the route that features the JAL SKY SUITE with the latest seats and inflight entertainment. The schedule for this route is:


  • Boeing 767-300ER JL943 Depart Narita 10:45 Arrive Guam 15:30.
  • Boeing 767-300ER JL944 Depart Guam 18:05 Arrive Narita 20:50.

New routes to Vladivostok and Bengaluru

The Oneworld alliance member also plans to introduce a new route to Vladivostok International Airport (VVO) in Russia at the end of February and Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (BLR) in India starting in March.

JAL 737-800
Vladivostok is just a two-hour flight from Tokyo. Photo 221.20 (talk) Wikimedia Commons

Flights to Vladivostok will start on February 28th and run up until March 28th, three times per week. After March 28th JAL plans to up the flights to once a day throughout the airline’s summer 2020 schedule.

The Russian Pacific Ocean city of Vladivostok is a mere two-hour flight from Tokyo and JAL has timed its flights so that passengers have ample time to explore the charming city on their day of arrival. Here’s the schedule for this one:

Narita- Vladivostok

  • Boeing 737-800 JL423 Depart Narita 11:30 Arrive Vladivostok 14:55.
  • Boeing 737-800 JL434 Depart Vladivostok 16:15 Arrive Narita 17:30.

(3x per week Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).

Bengaluru is India’s Silicon Vally

Flights to Bengaluru, the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state will begin on March 29th, 2020 and will provide convenient connections through Narita Airport for passengers traveling between the United States and India.

JAL to fly to Bengaluru
The new route to Bengaluru will let North American passengers transit through Narita. Photo: Byeangel via Flickr

Bengaluru is the center of India’s high-tech industry and the country’s main IT base similar to California’s Silicon Valley. Some of the world’s most prolific technology companies have offices there. The scheule is as follows:


  • Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JL753 Depart Narita 18:15 Arrive Bengaluru 00:35 (+1).
  • Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JL754 Depart Bengaluru 02:45 Arrive Narita 14:15.

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