JAL celebrates 50 years in New York

JAL flags off its inaugural New York flight in 1966
JAL flags off its inaugural New York flight in 1966

Japan Airlines is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its inaugural flight to New York this autumn, with a series of themed in-flight offerings.

The Japanese carrier’s first ever Tokyo-New York service, operated by a DC-8 aircraft, departed on 12 November 1966 with 52 passengers, 58 invited guests and eight flight attendants onboard.

And to commemorate the anniversary, JAL will serve special meals on its New York-Tokyo flights, including a special American burger, and screen films based in New York and songs linked to the Big Apple on its in-flight entertainment systems.

JAL’s initial New York service operated twice a week, before increasing to five times a week in March 1967, as part of the airline’s first ever round-the-world service.

The airline doubled its Tokyo-New York route from seven to 14 weekly flights on 30 March 2014.

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