ANA Knows The Way to San Jose

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Model by ANA

ANA Boeing 787 Model on Display in San Jose

Silicon Valley, the US game changer when it comes to innovation and technology, will soon have a game changing non-stop flight to Tokyo-Narita (NRT) with ANA on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The flight will operate from San Jose’s Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), a stones throw from the valley’s most innovative technology companies, including Japanese companies.

Getting ANA into San Jose took a bit of work. San Jose Mayor, Chuck Reed, worked with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and their CEO Airport Task Force to get more air service into the San Jose International Airport (SJC) in the “Capital of Silicon Valley.”

San Jose Mineta International (SJC) boasts a great on-time performance record with parallel runways and the passenger terminal provides the comforts travelers seek from complimentary WiFi to plentiful seating with power outlets.

The inaugural flight is scheduled for January 11, 2013, and ANA will operate into Tokyo-Narita (NRT) five times weekly. The new flight is timed to arrive to catch connecting flights across Asia.

ANA is a member of the Star Alliance along with United Airlines, the dominant carrier at nearby San Francisco Intl (SFO). The ability to earn frequent flyer mileage on United along with reciprocal benefits for elite level frequent flyers is a significant plus.

The new flight has caught the attention of government officials, companies across the greater Silicon Valley area, and Chambers of Commerce from Milpitas to Santa Clara.

ANA to San Jose Backstory

Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Mac Tully, co-chair of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, CEO Airport Task Force, and President/Publisher of the San Jose Mercury News, along with San Jose’s Mayor, Chuck Reed, played a significant role.

In a speech at San Jose’s City Hall Rotunda, Mac Tully explains how the route came about.

Tully said, “Roughly two years ago the Silicon Valley Leadership Group formed a CEO Airport Task Force as collaborative public-private sector challenge to increase both the number of flights that come out of our airport and the number of destinations that are served out of Jan Jose. Since then much time and effort has been put forward by both public officials and CEOs of prominent local companies that worked to engage many different airlines across the globe to either expand their service or bring new service to San Jose at our recently remodeled airport.”

“The airport task force surveyed major employers that travel extensively both domestically and internationally. Those surveys have repeatedly demonstrated people will fly out of San Jose if given a chance. Demand today far exceeds current availability for many domestic and international routes out of San Jose. Armed with this information our mayor, Chuck Reed, along with Carl Guardino, CEO Silicon Valley Leadership Group traveled to Japan to meet directly with the leadership of All Nippon Airways and shared this information. ANA listened and recognized this as a great opportunity.”

The high demand for seats can often be seen in the price of tickets, forcing price sensitive travelers to use San Francisco International Airport (SFO). In addition to lower fares, San Francisco serves as a hub for United and has plentiful transcon service on a wide variety of carriers.

Better Air Service for San Jose

San Jose Mayor, Chuck Reed

San Jose Mayor, Chuck Reed, Speaking at ANA Preview Event

In a speech celebrating the new ANA service, Mayor Reed said, “CEOs of many, many companies in the valley, dozens of companies, have stepped up and said we want better air service in San Jose. We want to go to Tokyo! The number one destination to go to is Tokyo so we can manage our worldwide enterprises.”

Addressing the route demand, Reed continued, “That is what is going to make this airline (ANA) a success in San Jose. It’s going to make it possible for companies to be successful in the world as they grow and expand. San Jose is a city that has people all over the world who come here and contribute to our economy.”

Reed proclaimed, “ANA is the newest arrival – it is going to be one of the most important partners as we work to expand our global influence and work in the global economy. You have to be able to travel — I know there is telecommuting and all that sort of stuff — but CEOs get on airplanes for face to face meetings. That’s still going to happen and ANA is going to make it possible for them to do it comfortably, safely, quickly, efficiently and that is what Silicon Valley is about.”

More than just a new flight

The new San Jose (SJC) service is more than just a flight. Tully proudly said, “Not only will ANA offer nonstop service out of San Jose in January but will do so with the new Dreamliner jet. This new luxury jet will clearly offer a far superior travel experience for passengers.”

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner provides an unprecedented flying experience. The aircraft provides larger windows, features LED lighting used to create a relaxing atmosphere, and sports re-designed overhead bins. The best feature passengers won’t see, but they will notice – the aircraft is pressurized at 6,000 feet above sea level opposed to 8,000 feet, which is standard pressurization in other modern aircraft. At 6,000 feet passengers will have more oxygen and more humidity which will be noticeable at the end of a long-range flight.

Individuals who work the flights, including flight attendants, have said the pressurization provides more energy and less fatigue.

San Jose Airport Task Force: The World is Watching ANA at San Jose

The City of San Jose, elected officials, and innovative technology companies in Silicon Valley are looking to put more global destinations on the map from San Jose’s Airport. According to Mayor Reed, London is second on the list, plus London’s Heathrow Airport makes for a good onward connecting point.

The media guru Tully announced, “The World is Watching. We now have the attention of major airlines across the globe that we have been talking to about the opportunities with San Jose. These other airlines are keenly interested in how ANA fares with this new route. When this route is successful for ANA, we on the airport task force believe other airlines will rush to follow and increase their service out of San Jose.”

“I truly believe airports are huge economic engines for the communities they serve,” said Tully, who further commented, “Airports drive investments and airports drive jobs. We have an underutilized thoroughly modern airport serving one of the richest areas in the nation.”

Stay Tuned

Interested in additional aircraft features and passenger services? Pictures? Stay Tuned for Part Two.

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