The first San Jose-Tokyo flight is scheduled to take off Jan. 11. Passengers will travel on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Beginning Jan. 15, the shuttle service will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for first-class and business-class passengers booked on ANA flights between San Jose and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. The San Jose-Tokyo flights are on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The shuttle is aimed at fliers traveling in and out of SFO before and after their San Jose-Tokyo flights. SFO handles significantly more domestic and international traffic than the San Jose airport does.
ANA operates the only nonstop service between San Jose and Tokyo. American Airlines had a San Jose-Tokyo route from 1990 to 2006.
ANA also flies between SFO and Tokyo.
In a statement in August, San Jose’s aviation director, Bill Sherry, said ANA’s new Tokyo route “is a significant game changer for our airport, and I’m confident it will open the door for more flights to serve Silicon Valley. The new ANA service is the culmination of years of work and the strong and active support from our business, community and elected leaders.”
When the new route was announced in December 2011, ANA President and CEO Shinichiro Ito said San Jose “is an important destination on the U.S. West Cast and lies in the heart of Silicon Valley, home to many important software and high-tech companies. We are confident that passenger demand to fly to San Jose will be high, not only in Japan but other Asian cities.”
Reservations for the shuttle service must be made at least three business days before departure by calling ANA at 800-235-9262. The service will end March 28.
Economy-class passengers can use the San Jose-San Francisco shuttle service if they pay $25 each way. For more information, call 310-533-5450 or visit www.anasalesamericas.com/guide/shuttle_van.