ROUTES: Orlando dreams of Asia

Orlando International airport has set its sights on winning a new nonstop to Asia, to complement its existing services to Europe and Latin America.

Phillip Brown, executive director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, says that new long-range narrowbodies like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 make a nonstop to Asia possible, at World Routes 2013 in Las Vegas today. However, he adds that this is a “long-term goal”.

A flight from Japan could be possible. Brown cites the fact that two-thirds of Japanese visitors to Florida travel to the Orlando area.

There are no nonstops between Asia and Florida currently.

Japanese carriers All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) both have 787s and fly them to the USA.

More service to Latin America is a more immediate priority for Orlando, says Brown. He did not mention specific destinations but cites the large local population with connections to the region.

Orlando has nonstop flights to Bogota, Cancun, Mexico City, Panama City, San Jose (Costa Rica), San Salvador and Sao Paulo Guarulhos, Innovata FlightMaps Analytics shows.

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