Cities in Limbo
San Jose, Calif.
All Nippon Airways was less than a week into daily direct Dreamliner flights between San Jose and Tokyo when the Dreamliner was grounded.
(Read More: ANA Cancels All Dreamliner Flights for February.)
While the San Jose Airport authorities will not comment on the impact of losing those direct flights, some estimate the region is losing $214,000 a day in economic activity.
In early December, Japan Airlines started direct Dreamliner service four times a week between San Diego and Tokyo. It was a major coup for San Diego to establish the direct service to Japan. To make it happen, the San Diego Airport committed $750,000 in marketing support and discounted landing fees for JAL at an estimated cost savings of $351,000.
Two weeks after the Dreamliner grounding, JAL resumed direct flights to San Diego using Boeing 777 planes in its fleet.
(Read More: Boeing CEO: 'We Will Get the 787 Back in Service'.)
United Airlines is still saying it plans to start daily non-stop Dreamliner flights between Denver and Tokyo starting March 31. With the launch of service less than two months away and the 787 grounding expected to be extended, it's increasingly likely United will have to make alternate plans.
How big is daily service to Tokyo for the Denver area? By one estimate, it would bring in $132 million in annual revenue and 1,500 new jobs.