The ANA Group, which will launch a five-day-a-week San Jose-Tokyo route Jan. 11 featuring the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, is on-board a private-government initiative promoted by U.S. Ambassador John Roos to help young Japanese connect with their American counterparts.
The Tomodachi Initiative, born after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March, 2011 and organized by the U.S. government and U.S.-Japan Council, focuses on educational and cultural exchanges as well as encouraging entrepreneurship. The U.S. military rescue assistance was called Operation Tomodachi.
ANA has joined other companies in providing support for the program. So far millions of dollars in donations have been raised. The airline will provide $100,000 worth of transportation.
To commemorate ANA’s involvement in this initiative, three aircraft — two Boeing 787-8’s and one Boeing 777-300ER — operating on routes between the U.S. and Japan including Tokyo-Washington D.C. and Tokyo-San Jose, will be painted with the Tomodachi logo design. ANA will hold an inauguration ceremony at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Jan. 11 celebrating the new flights between the San Jose and Narita International Airport. Roos, former CEO of the law firm Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, will attend the ceremony.
The inaugural San Jose-Tokyo flight is sold out.