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JAL to fly new efficient Boeing jets in Logan debut

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  January 27, 2012 10:41 AM

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Japan Airlines says that when it begins inaugural nonstop service from Tokyo to Logan International Airport in April that it will be using Boeing's long-awaited new 787 Dreamliner, making it the first airline to operate the highly-efficient jetliner commercially to and from the United States.

Airlines around the world, buffeted by high fuel costs, have been awaiting the arrival the Dreamliners, which were plagued by production delays. Boeing says that the jets, which employ lighter materials and wider wings, will consume less fuel, cut maintenance costs and provide greater passenger comfort, with larger dimmable windows, LED lighting, and other features.

JAL will offer four flights a week between Logan and Narita International Airport starting April 22, with daily service beginning in June. Making the 13 1/2-hour flight nonstop will shave up to six hours off the time it currently takes Boston passengers, who now have to connect through New York, Chicago, San Francisco, or a number of other cities to get to Tokyo, the biggest Asian destination for Boston travelers.

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