Covering the return of international flying from Dallas – Fort Worth, Kyle Arnold flags a new flight from American Airlines joint venture partner Japan Airlines that I hadn’t noticed.
Dallas will actually have flights to more international destinations this month than it did two years ago (56 vs. 52), thanks to American Airlines destinations that have been added to Mexico and Central America offsetting losses in long haul.
But the flight that’s most striking to me is the addition of Dallas – Fort Worth to Nagoya, Japan. It’s striking to see a new destination in Asia, a previously unflown route, and while Japan is closed to most U.S. visitors. And it’s surprising to see the flight so full:
Now, it only operates twice from Dallas to Nagoya, and operates just one time from Nagoya to Dallas, according to Cirium Diio Mi data. And it doesn’t operate at all come April.
The only time I can remember a mainland U.S. – Nagoya flight is United’s old San Francisco – Nagoya flight which was driven by Toyota cargo. If you couldn’t find award space between the U.S. and Asia, you could always book half the passenger cabin in business or first class on points on this flight which was generally empty in the passenger cabin, full in the cargo hold.
So my first thought was that the DFW – Nagoya flight was driven by cargo, but the flights look to be fairly full with passengers, which leads me to think this is driven more by a specific group of passengers and event though I do not know who or what.