Friday, May 27, 2011

Chamber welcomes nonstop air service between Boston and Tokyo

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement regarding the announcement by Japan Airlines that it will commence nonstop air service between Boston and Tokyo next year:

“The Chamber and the business community welcome the decision by Japan Airlines, together with its partner American Airlines, to start flying nonstop between Boston and Tokyo,” said Paul Guzzi, President and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.  “These flights will not only make it easier for tourists to travel between our two cities, but will bring wider economic benefits as well, enabling closer connections to markets, products, customers, family and friends that will benefit New England and Japan.

“Until now, Boston was the second largest U.S. market without direct air service to Tokyo, as well as the largest U.S. market without service to other key cities in Asia,” added Guzzi.  “The Japan Airways flights will fill an important need for the many travelers in our market, particularly those in our leading industries such as high tech, life sciences, health care and education.

“We applaud not only Japan and American Airlines, but also the significant efforts by Massport, Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino, all of whose leadership helped convince the airlines to take this step,” said Guzzi.

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