A Japan Airlines charter flight landed at Miami International Airport last week. The airport says it is the first time in Miami’s history that this has happened.
The March 17 flight landed at MIA just before 3 a.m. on March 17, and pulled into Concourse J.
Over 100 passengers, including players and staff from the eventual World Baseball Classic 2023 champion Japan national baseball team and Major League Baseball employees were onboard.
A 787-9 operated the flight.
Flightradar24 records show that the flight took a total of 13 hours and 2 minutes from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Miami.
The plane returned to Haneda on March 18, taking 14 hours and 55 minutes.
The same plane once again returned from Haneda to Miami on March 20 (flying time: 12 hours, 46 minutes), and is departing this afternoon back to Tokyo.
In a statement, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said that there are no imminent plans for direct Asia flights to MIA. However, the team at MIA is continuing to explore the possibility of nonstop service from Japan and other Asian markets to Miami.