JAL to organize special launch tour for the new San Diego route


We all know Japan Airlines (JAL) loves to organize special tours especially when they launch a new route or when they retire an aircraft type from their fleet (they recently announced a 2-day domestic tour for the MD-90 retirement and more details will be released on November 20 2012). So it shouldn't be a surprise that JAL will be organizing a special tour for the new Tokyo Narita (NRT) - San Diego (SAN) 787 route launch this December. It will be a 5 day tour and you will be able to fly on the inaugural flight JL066 from NRT to SAN on December 2 2012. Below are the details of the itinerary.

Day 1 December 2 2012
- Visit the JAL 787 simulator at Haneda which you can sit in the cockpit of the 787 simulator
- Visit the JAL history exhibition room which you can see some very special exhibits including all the previous uniforms of JAL cabin attendant
- Visit to the operation room at Narita Airport to take a look at the pilot and cabin attendant briefing
- Fly on the inaugural flight JL066 from NRT to SAN on the state-of-art 787. Scheduled departure time is 17:10
- Receive certificates and souvenirs

San Diego
- A 4 hour San Diego local tour will be arranged after you arrive SAN in the morning on the same day. The tour will be conducted in Japanese

Day 2 December 3 2012
- Visit to the USS Midway Museum. The museum is converted from the aircraft carrier Midway.
- Lunch at restaurant near Mexico boarder

Day 3 December 4 2013 
- Free time. You can take advantage of some of the JAL SAN route lounge campaign which includes some cool guided tour such as the free dolphin watch cruise. You can find more details on JAL website (Japanese only)

Day 4 and Day 5 December 5-6 2013
- Fly back to Tokyo on JL065 on Day 4 and arrive the next day.

In order to participate in this special tour, you need to be at least 12 years old. You will need to sign a waiver form as medium will be present to cover the event. During the tour to the operation center, photo taking is prohibited.

And space is extremely limited. There will only be 20 seats available. Reservation starts at 14:00 JST on November 2 2012. The cost of the tour will be JPY219,800 (fuel surcharge included) but I am not sure if you can earn miles on this tour or not. I expect the tour to sell out shortly after it goes on sale. So act fast if you are interested.

For more details, you can refer to JAL website (Japanese only)



  1. I flew on the 787 from NRT-BOS, and although I reckoned the air treated my skin better, I was quite disappointed by the AVOD. It worked well, sure, but there was barely a selection of anything in any language (I'm not looking for EK/QR, but having even a TPAC UA 777's equivalent amount of AVOD would suffice). The same goes for NH too.

    I like JL a lot (the flight attendants IME have been affable, particularly when I engage them in Japanese; Sky Time is a treat; no one barks at me to sit down. Though, due to the dearth of programming available on the pair of Japanese carriers, I prefer to fly them once I've reached East Asia, not necessarily to it from the US.

    On the other hand, JFK usually commands "snazzier" birds, so should a non-stop be available from there, I'm game.

  2. Unfortunately majority of their customers are Japanese and half of the contents are Japanese programs. Even the Sky Manga are all in Japanese for now. I believe they have mentioned IFE improvement in their mid term management plan but not sure if it's only a MAGIC-III to V upgrade or actually provide more contents. But with JAL SKY Wi-Fi on the 777-300ERs, I would just go online if there's nothing to watch on the IFE :P