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History Of JAL Pax Service To SEA?  
User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3802 posts, RR: 29
Posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

According to "Airlines of Asia Since 1920" (by R.E.G. Davies) Japan Air Lines started service to Seattle via the Great Circle route (later withdrawn) in April 1961. The only SEA service found in JAL's December 1961 timetable is 2x weekly cargo only flights via ANC operated by DC-7F equipment. Had pax service on TYO-SEA-TYO (presumably, like NW, via ANC both ways) already been discontinued by December 1961?

From 1961 and beyond, has JAL ever offered passenger service between Tokyo and Seattle? If so, when and what aircraft type(s) and routing(s) were flown?

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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24629 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3246 times:

Quoting Tango-Bravo (Thread starter):
From 1961 and beyond, has JAL ever offered passenger service between Tokyo and Seattle? If so, when and what aircraft type(s) and routing(s) were flown?

Yes JL operated SEA-NRT for a while in the late 1980s and/or early 1990s. I'm not sure about the precise period but if memory correct it didn't last very long. At the time of the following SEA newspaper item dated July 1991 (see paragraph 4) it was twice a week. I have a vague recollection that the NRT-SEA flights may have continued to another US point (obviously without domestic traffic rights) but I'm not sure about that. I think that service used the 747-200.
http://community.seattletimes.nwsour...rchive/?date=19910709&slug=1293510

Quoting Tango-Bravo (Thread starter):
. The only SEA service found in JAL's December 1961 timetable is 2x weekly cargo only flights via ANC operated by DC-7F equipment. Had pax service on TYO-SEA-TYO (presumably, like NW, via ANC both ways) already been discontinued by December 1961?

I can't recall any JL passenger service to SEA during that period. A few news items refer to JL obtaining rights to both LAX and SEA in 1959. Until then they were restricted to SFO and HNL.


User currently offline28L28L From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3246 times:

From memory I believe that JL flew NRT-SEA from about 1983 until about 1992. The NRT-SEA flight continued to ORD for a while and later on continued from SEA to ATL.

User currently offlineha763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3628 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2984 times:
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Quoting Tango-Bravo (Thread starter):

According to a JAL history book put out by JAL for their 20th anniversay, SEA started in June 27, 1959 via ANC with the DC-7C. It changed to the DC-8 in November 1, 1960. The route stopped in May 20, 1961.

At least this is what I could figure out with my limited kanji reading ability (the entire book is in Japanese).

After that, the next mention of SEA I found is in the online History of JAL website, showing that ORD was started on April 1, 1983 via SEA.


User currently offlinetimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6748 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2779 times:

Two DC-8s a week in the 3/61 OAG (via ANC "when required").

User currently offlineDIA77 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 704 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

Quoting 28L28L (Reply 2):
From memory I believe that JL flew NRT-SEA from about 1983 until about 1992. The NRT-SEA flight continued to ORD for a while and later on continued from SEA to ATL.

This is correct - although, I think the flight lasted longer than 1992. I have a JAL routemap from 1991 that shows the SEA-ATL route.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24629 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2720 times:

Quoting DIA77 (Reply 5):
Quoting 28L28L (Reply 2):
From memory I believe that JL flew NRT-SEA from about 1983 until about 1992. The NRT-SEA flight continued to ORD for a while and later on continued from SEA to ATL.

This is correct - although, I think the flight lasted longer than 1992. I have a JAL routemap from 1991 that shows the SEA-ATL route.

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JAL began nonstop NRT-ATL service (3 x week) in October 1992. That was probably when they dropped SEA. Summary of JAL's network below from the February 1993 OAG.
http://airlineroute.net/2010/06/14/jl-w92/


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