Continuing its expansion in
the growing Asia/Pacific market, American Airlines announced today that it
has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to
resume daily nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Osaka, Japan,
on Nov. 1, 2005, and to launch daily nonstop service between Chicago and
Nagoya, Japan, on April 3, 2005. Osaka will become American’s 33rd international destination from its
Dallas/Fort Worth hub, and Nagoya will increase to 19 the number of
international points American serves from its Chicago hub. Together, Osaka
and Nagoya will give the airline a total of seven routes between the
United States and Japan and allow American to expand access to a portion
of Japan that is home to many major Japanese and several key U.S.
American will fly the DFW-Osaka and Chicago-Nagoya routes with 236-seat
At Dallas/Fort Worth, the Osaka decision comes as American is joining with
DFW Airport in planning for the opening of the new International Terminal
D next summer.
“Osaka is a key point in Asia,” said Dan Garton, American’s Executive Vice
President-Marketing. “Restoring Osaka to the American Airlines network
through DFW will further solidify our commitment to the North Texas area
to make Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport an important center for
international trade, travel and commerce. And the timing with the opening
of Terminal D could not be more perfect. We are very enthusiastic about
Terminal D and other state-of-the-art improvements at DFW, such as the
Skylink people- mover rail system.”
Jeff Fegan, DFW’s chief executive officer, said, “American’s commitment to
international service at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is
further evidence of the strength of this marketplace and the growing
opportunities which exist between DFW and Asia. With our new International
Terminal D opening next summer, it’s clear the international market will
continue to grow and position us as a premier international gateway to the
More than 1,400 years old and capital of Japan in the seventh century,
modern-day Osaka is Japan’s second largest gateway and the heart of an
eight- prefecture region with a gross domestic product (GDP) of nearly
$800 billion, representing about 17 percent of Japan’s economy.
Major corporations in the Osaka area include Matsushita Electric
(Panasonic), Sharp, Sanyo, Nintendo, Kobe Steel, Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries. U.S. companies Proctor & Gamble
and Eli Lilly have Japan headquarters in Osaka, whose industry includes
shipbuilding, iron and steel production, advanced electronic design and
manufacturing, biotechnology, as well as consumer goods production.
In addition to its extensive business interests, Osaka is noted for its
abundance of ancient temples and a Universal Studios theme park.
Kansai International Airport, which serves the Osaka region, was opened in
1994 on an island in Osaka Bay, about 30 minutes from downtown Osaka. A
major expansion that includes a second runway was begun in 1999 and is
scheduled to open in 2007.