By Adam Reilly
Mar. 6, 2012
BOSTON — It's an aviation milestone for Boston: Japan Airlines is about to begin nonstop service from Logan to Tokyo featuring the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Because the plane is made of carbon, it's 20 percent more fuel-efficient, making direct flights from Boston to Japan feasible for the first time.
Bob Weiss, the former editor of "Boston Airport Journal," predicts the high-tech plane will give Boston's tourism industry a major boost. The estimates put the number of Asian visitors to Boston at 50,000 annually.
Asians love to travel, Weiss said. "So what I think is going to happen is a lot of people are going to come to Boston — they know a lot about Harvard and MIT and business here and everything — and then I think they're going to go on to New York and then come back. I think it's going to expand the entire travel business here in Boston."
(And just think if it had been around when the Sox first acquired Daisuke Matsuzaka.)
The Dreamliner starts flying the Boston-to-Tokyo route on April 22.
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