Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport got a little visit from Japan Airlines today. It was a one-time charter flight from Okayama Japan to San Jose CA. Aboard were around 300 or so Japanese citizens who are here for a 50th anniversary celebration of the sister-city relationship which should last about 4 days. The landing reminded me of the good old days back when American Airlines’s ran the Narita Japan (NRT) flight which was canceled after 15 years of service. The arrival of the Boeing 747 was a welcome sight for all of the employees who lined the ramp to watch the landing. San Jose’s runways (30Right, and 30Left) are only 11,000 feet long with high density automobile traffic at either end, so speculation about the aircraft’s ability to land safely was all the buzz in the final moments before the 747’s touch-down. After handling the DC10, DC10-30, MD11, and 777 I had no worries of my own about the abilities of the aircraft, runway, or pilots……touchdown was as smooth as butter. If I offer my best guess, I would say their were at least 80 people involved in handling this single Japan Airlines flight.

*SJC Jet Center (4 full fuel tankers)
*American Airlines (off-loading,and loading the aircraft, cabin cleaning, security checks, and gate agents)
*United Airlines (mechanics)
*Flying Food Group (catering)
*FAA (You name it!)
*Custom’s and Agriculture
*FedEx (additional equipment)
*Airport Operations
….and many more!

It was great to see all of the airport tenants come together under the shadow of construction on the NEW terminal B to make this one flight happen, the operation went off without a hitch. Good time was had by all! Maybe in the future we might see another Tokyo flight operating a few times a week out of San Jose, but for now all we can do it wait, and hope.

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See more photos over at flickr.com. And watch an Awesome video of the landing shot from a helicopter over at NBC11.com

3 Comments so far

  1. joann Landers (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 12:27 am

    Awesome. Sorry I missed it.

  2. randramble (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 8:45 am

    News-reporter style, Dred! But I’d love to know more about the sister city celebrations…

  3. Paul R Gornitzka (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 1:20 am

    It was a great day to be working at SJC. I took about 180 hi-resolution shots of this beautiful bird.

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