Transport Airlines

Yankees Pitcher Chartered Japan Airlines Dreamliner to Get to New York

Excerpt from Sydney Morning Herald

Feb 11, 2014 12:00 pm

Skift Take

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.

— Dennis Schaal

Report: Social Media Customer Service in the Travel Industry

Toru Hanai  / Reuters

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.

Read the Complete Story →

Tags: ,

Next Up

More on Skift

Daily Travel Startup Watch: eCopters, Halcyon Backpacking Company And More
VisitBritain Appoints New CEO with Focus on Digital Marketing
TripAdvisor CEO Exuberant About ‘Phenomenal’ Restaurant Opportunity
Spending On Leisure Travel Is Best Use Of Points Earned During Business Travel