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Yankees Pitcher Chartered Japan Airlines Dreamliner to Get to New York

Excerpt from Sydney Morning Herald

Feb 11, 2014 12:00 pm

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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is infamous for the battery problems it experienced. Masahiro Tanaka, who chartered a Dreamliner for himself, four other passengers, and his dog, will be meeting his Yankees battery-mate soon, and is obviously hoping that there won’t be similar types of surprises.

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A staff of Japan Airlines' (JAL) walks past one of the company's Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner plane at Narita international airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, November 11, 2013. Toru Hanai / Reuters


Japanese baseball sensation Masahiro Tanaka chartered his own Boeing 787 Dreamliner to fly him to New York, with the entire plane taken up by his five-strong party and his pet dog.

The ace pitcher, who has just signed a seven-year MLB deal worth $US155 million ($173.6 million) with the New York Yankees, is believed to have splashed out $195,000 of his own money on the one-way flight. Japan Airlines confirmed he used one of its Boeing 787s but declined to disclose further details.

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