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All Nippon Airways brings direct flight to San Jose International

During the darkest days of World War II, Winston Churchill wisely said, “Never, never, never, never give up.”  Appropriately, that message hangs on a sign near the baggage claim at San Jose International Airport.

Last February, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and I boarded a flight to Tokyo, Japan, to encourage the CEO of All Nippon Airlines to offer a direct flight between San Jose and Tokyo.

After the trip, the Leadership Group established our “CEO Airport Task Force,” with San Jose Mercury News Publisher Mac Tully as our chair. With the Mayor, 30 Silicon Valley CEO’s we made the business case for the direct flight.

That business case is obvious – the heart of Silicon Valley is a five to fifteen minute drive to San Jose international airport, saving business and leisure travelers their most precious resource: their time. San Jose also has the best on-time arrival record in the United States; and less delays mean more productivity.

This week, the CEO of All Nippon Airlines responded to our requests – with a resounding yes.

In 2012, Tokyo-bound travelers can board direct flights to Japan or use the flight as a gateway to the rest of Asia.

Success doesn’t come from luck – but, as Winston Churchill reminds us, by never giving up.

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