Japan Airlines ‘Looking At’ Boeing 787 Flights To Miami

Japan Airlines is studying the possibility of launching flights to Miami using a Boeing 787, according to Miami Today.

It would become Miami’s first ever regularly scheduled passenger service to East Asia – long a goal of local business leaders and politicians.

The flights from Miami to Tokyo would take nearly 15 hours.

A push for the service is being led by Japan’s consul general in Miami, Kazuhiro Nakai, who is working with local officials.

Miami-Dade County is planning a trade mission to Japan in the spring, with Miami-Tokyo air service expected to be high on the agenda.

In addition, Governor Ron DeSantis may also lead a business delegation to Japan in October 2023 where the Miami air service will be pushed for.

According to Nakai, Japanese business leaders say flights to Miami will be a “game changer” for trade and investment with Latin America.

 

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Anonymous
2 months ago

Japan Airlines stop studying and start doing. With American Airlines huge One World hub at MIA funneling traffic from South America, the Caribbean, and Miami ever growing status as a global city it’s a no brainer

Urbanist
2 months ago

This is Miami.

Don’t you dare say anything bad about a study!

Drac
2 months ago

But, wouldn’t the study make sure we get a “game changer?”

wanderer34
2 months ago

I agree there there needs to be some link between Miami and Far East Asia. It’s finally time especially since Miami has been growing as a major business and corporate center years ago!

Free Idea Guy
2 months ago

With all the new international routes being added or coming soon, Miami absolutely should plan to demolish the MIA airport in phases and redevelop all the terminals.

Just went on an international flight to London. The bathrooms were dated/dingy, with janitor sign in sheets posted on the wall; the chairs were hard plastic and broken, literally falling on the floor as you sit; and the waiting terminal was in an all florescent-lit room with no windows.

The MIA airport does not represent this A list city, and we need an international airport for such a world-class city. The US federal gov and State of Florida should help fund this if necessary as it is an instrument of commerce. It should be all glass, with modern open retail shops (like Istanbul airport), with well designed infrastructure to moderate flow of traffic (like Madrid airport).

Anonymous
2 months ago

MD County spend bazillions of dollars on terminals in the last 10-15 years—they ain’t getting torn down anytime soon.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Where did the money all go?! They look 40 years old.

Anonymous
2 months ago

That was before the city became what it is today. Time for an update, sir.

Anonymous
2 months ago

*or madam.

Anonymous
2 months ago

The city didn’t change that much in just 10 years to warrant an all new airport (no city has), the big money got spent already, except for a minor refresh here and there you’re stuck with what you got.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Who was in charge of the design and how could it have been approved only 10 years ago? We should build another one before the World Cup and implement major renovations to the existing one for budget routes. It’s really not adequate for the rate of growth and status of the city today, let alone tomorrow.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Didn’t change that much in 10 years!? Brickell went from a small business center with basic restaurants/retail, to an international business hub, world class chefs and international leader for urban planning.

Anonymous
2 months ago

^ ^ Brickell wasn’t a small business center 10 years ago, and it’s not a big one now. Not even a single F500 HQ there. Chefs and urban planning leader—that’s just fluff.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Citadel

Anonymous
2 months ago

All their employees and chief executive officers are working here in Miami, even if their “headquarters” in other cities remain vacant. Only a matter of time before they take a leap and move HQ.

Anonymous
2 months ago

According to THE NEXT MIAMI, “Miami International Airport Passenger Volume More Than Doubled In January”

https://www.thenextmiami.com/miami-international-airport-passenger-volume-more-than-doubled-in-january/

Anonymous
2 months ago

Do you even fly? Probably haven’t been there in awhile…it’s obviously crumbling.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Doesn’t matter–the money got spent on terminal overhauls already, it’s a done deal. May get a refresh here and there, but no new terminals to replace the barely decade old ones. You ever been involved with a construction budget? They build these huge projects to last several decades, not a decade.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Have you seen the overhauls to LaGuardia? That definitely never happened to the Miami airport and not sure what the money went toward. The terminal I saw was literally falling apart, rows of chairs broken like a DMV in a little town, and was very sad.

A budget can be revised and new funds can be allocated. I can’t see how any elected official can govern and maintain constituent confidence without this being a top priority.

Anonymous
2 months ago

A done deal? Tell that to Miami-Dade naming rights position for the former FTX stadium. No deal is ever done until the obligations have been fulfilled. Notice, parties go into breach and agreements terminated all the time. There could be a new deal soon…

Anonymous
2 months ago

^ ^ a new deal for WHAT? The terminals already built. There’s nothing to revoke. For some strange reason, you’re comparing advertising/naming rights to construction planning.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Someone said there was a “done deal” and budgeted for years to come. Just saying it’s never a “done deal” when it comes to airports that are constantly needing to be modernized, and now is the time. It’s not like it will happen instantly but it is time to initiate a modern world class redevelopment and it can’t happen soon enough.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Look Miami made the list of TOP (ugliest airports) no. 10:

https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/cities-ugliest-airports-united-states.html/

“The palm trees at the beach swaying gently in the ocean breeze are only a few miles away, but it probably feels a lot farther than that. International travelers especially loathe this airport. One British visitor told the BBC the lack of staff and the plentiful cockroaches she encountered at Miami are keeping her from visiting the United States ever again.”

anonlatino
2 months ago

boohoo, one less chewsday innit

Anonymous
2 months ago

Too bad any redeveloped terminals we’ll get won’t last as long as the current one has. It’ll be another Arquitectonica bus terminal.

Anon
2 months ago

If by last you mean, there are walls and pavement – I really don’t think it is the gateway we want for this business and tourism hub into the United States.

Anonymous
2 months ago

LOL, all glass. It’s an airport, not a tanning bed.

Free Idea Guy
2 months ago

All glass can be designed with the right angles and positioning to be just right amount of sun – it’s an ilusión of glass if done right. Not every section but it should feel open and airy (probably why we saw so many brawls there, people aren’t happy when they are there)

Anonymous
2 months ago

LaGuardia did it. They demolished the entire terminal and built a new one.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Exactly, and everyone complained and thought it would never happen. If we discuss this more it could get attention and happen.

I can’t imagine I’m the only one who had this experience. I was with a group of people and they all said what I had been thinking.

Anonymous
2 months ago

NY didn’t even need a new airport. They had JFK. Squeaky wheel always gets greased up first.

Cody S.
2 months ago

NY airports were constantly being bashed for there dated, “third world” appearance though.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Yes and we are bashing our airport because it’s “third world” and we are hosting the World Cup. The us federal government has a major stake in this project and we have four years to get it done! Clock just started, yesterday…

Anonymous
2 months ago

Funny. I travel to our apartment in NYC twice a month and avoid LGA as much as I can in favor of JFK. Arriving at LGA is like landing in DisneyWorld- a million people cramped in a space filled with people spending on food and beverage / retail. Then, there is only a free bus to Queens subway stop to get into Manhattan. JFK is linked via AirTrain to LIRR to the new Penn Station. All is a breeze without the Disney mass at LGA. My point is be careful for how money is spent.
And, living on Brickell, it could not be easier to take the Metrorail which departs now every 15 mins avoiding the taxis, Lyfts, Uber wait times.

Anonymous
2 months ago

This should happen before the World Cup in 2026. It should be a top priority for the city. It’s the first place people see when they land here. The US gov should want to even pay for this. The more people we impress the more investment we get.

Anonymous
1 month ago

MIA already has a newer international terminal (I believe it is Terminal H or J). That is where many world cup fans will be arriving at. MIA is a huge hub airport and to reconstruct the entire thing would be a huge project. If planning starts now, it definitely will not be completed for the next decade, let alone 2026 for the World Cup. And with passenger numbers rising, there isn’t much room for airlines to grow and any disruption would have a major effect to passengers and airlines.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Please look at the photos of the airports in Istanbul and Madrid (links below) before forming an opinion. Is the Miami airport anywhere near as nice or impressive?

https://www.architecturaldigest.in/content/istanbul-airport-design-turkey-travel/amp/

https://www.archdaily.com/805964/madrid-barajas-airport-terminal-4-estudio-lamela-plus-richard-rogers-partnership

Anonymous
2 months ago

With the advent of melreese land stolen by greed, MIA will be limited on expansion based on land alone. Only other possibility is building a new airport in another part of the city. Melreese should have been held for expansion of MIA and other public land use for taxpayers, instead its going to private hands that will control the land fort 100 years and profit massively from it.

Anonymous
2 months ago

There’s a lot of land in south Miami. What about Tropical Park? It’s right by a highway. What about near hard rock with the new metro expansion? We do need two airports, one can be modern and new and the other can be purely functional as it is today MIA Intl Airport.

Anon
2 months ago

Right on the perimeter of the city next to the Everglades is perfect for a new world class airport. Nobody will need to develop any further – it is far enough west not to disturb anyone, and it will be beautiful to land take off with views of the glades on one side, and Miami skyline on the other.

Urbanist
2 months ago

I’m ready for a one-seat ride to Japan!

Michael
2 months ago

A direct flight to Tokyo has been discussed for decades. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Anonymous
2 months ago

So this is the 5th time in 6 years that MIA tries to lure a nonstop flight to Asia. Good luck!!!

Anonymous
2 months ago

yes….but now theres a plane that can operate at a profit and JAL’s close relationship with American….wont be surprised if it starts by end of 2023

Anonymous
2 months ago

The 787 has been flying since 2009. A nonstop Tokyo Miami flight was never considered before the 787 Dreamliner. I want to be as hopeful as you are. I’m just laying out the facts.

Anonymous
2 months ago

The 787 has been in operation since 2009

Anne A.
2 months ago

A plane with a max range of 7,500 miles to cover 7,400 windless miles to Tokyo. No, thanks. I’ll wait for that “study” to conclude.

anonymous
2 months ago

What will happen first: baylink or a flight to asia?

Loco Joe
2 months ago

A 10 lane highway from Miami to Japan.

Original
2 months ago

An Asian style baylink train…

wanderer34
2 months ago

I see getting a link to Far East Asia and Australia as a major move for MIA, the city of Miami, and FL in general since there hasn’t been a link to Asia and Australia since forever.

The city, county, and state leaders need to make sure that a link to Asia is concrete rather than just fantasizing and talking about linking Asia to Miami. Let’s see how this turns out. I’m bullish as to how Miami and it’s int’l connectivity will turn out after 2023!

Anonymous
2 months ago

I can see it being a major move for Asia and Australia, too. Maybe if Asia and Australia invest more energy, capital, and resources, there will be a greater demand to have direct flights to those destinations.

Anon
2 months ago

Dope! I want to go to Japan.

Anonymous
2 months ago

About. F-ing. Time.

Cody S.
2 months ago

Japan is a great gateway to Asia for Miami. I wonder if the route might suffer the fate of Air New Zealand’s, the headwind problem causing a refueling stop.

AJ Reddy
2 months ago

Miami to Qatar is 15 hours. There is no way Miami to Tokyo is also 15 hours. What route are they taking? Polar? Pacific?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Atlanta to Tokyo HND is 14.5 hours, while Tokyo to ATL is 13.5/14 hours. So Tokyo to Miami will likely be 15 hours, while MIA to Tokyo will be longer (my guess is 16-16.5 hours). Westbound flights are normally shorter than eastbound flights due to stronger tailwinds in the latter, while they become headwinds in the former.

Miami to Doha is 13.5hrs in the summer, and 14hrs in the winter.
Doha to Miami is 15.5hrs in the summer, and 16.5hrs in the winter.

Tony Montana
2 months ago

After this one I’d like a nonstop to Honolulu. Another game changer!

Anonymous
2 months ago

This is going to be an iconic flight