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Japan Airlines Announces First Nonstop Flights From Boston To Tokyo

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A JAL jetliner at Tokyo's Haneda airport. (Photo credit YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

A JAL jetliner at Tokyo’s Haneda airport. (Photo credit YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) — Travelers can begin looking forward to nonstop flights from Boston to Tokyo.

Japan Airlines says it will begin flying directly from Boston’s Logan International Airport to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport in April 2012.

Boston is the largest U.S. market without nonstop Asian service.

The Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Logan, estimates more than 380,000 passengers flew from Boston to Asia in 2010, generating more than $350 million in ticket sales.

Gov. Deval Patrick says the service will help connect those in Asia to Massachusetts’ health care, biotechnology and telecommunications industries as well as the state’s colleges and research universities.

Japan Airlines President Masaru Onishi says the new route will prove to be a valuable link for commercial and cultural exchanges between both regions.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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