RICHMOND—Vancouver International Airport (YVR) said that it has “ushered in the Year of the Dreamliner”with Japan Airlines’ announcement that it will begin Boeing 787 operations on its daily non-stop service between YVR and Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT) beginning February 3. This inaugural will mark the first-ever scheduled arrival of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to YVR, airport officials said.
“Metro Vancouver’s community of aviation enthusiasts—me included—is thrilled to welcome the Dreamliner to YVR,” said Craig Richmond, president and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Japan Airlines has connected travellers 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.”
With its modern systems, advanced engine technology and unique composite structure, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner series delivers big-jet range in a mid-size airplane, all while achieving Mach 0.85 speed, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. Customers aboard the new aircraft will experience wider aisles, larger windows with adjustable tint, cleaner and more comfortable air, lower cabin altitude and a smoother, quieter ride.
JAL will introduce the 787-8 Dreamliner to the YVR-NRT route through a phased approach, beginning with one weekly flight on Mondays and extending to its daily flights by March.
JAL’s Dreamliner service is expected to be followed by additional Boeing 787 announcements, as other YVR airlines take delivery of their new aircraft and plan routes and service schedules for the balance of 2014. YVR said it will work with its airline partners to host official inaugural events, including tours and contests.