On August 23, the “Ascent to Asia” reception was held in celebration of United Airlines’ Denver-Tokyo nonstop service that will begin in spring of next year. The event was hosted by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and held at Cableland, the official residence of the mayor.

The Ascent to Asia campaign, launched in 2008, was designed to unite interested parties to build a business case for nonstop service between Denver and Tokyo. Together, these parties have made their dream come true, ending more than a decade of Denver efforts to land the route!

Beginning next April, United Airlines will provide daily nonstop service from Denver International Airport to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.

In November of last year, Mayor Hancock led a small delegation to Tokyo to continue efforts to secure the nonstop service between the two airports. The delegation met with Japan-based All Nippon Airways and its Star Alliance partner United; the two organizations entered into a joint-venture agreement on April 1, 2011 to make decisions jointly on transpacific service. Mayor Hancock expressed the regional and statewide support for a Denver-Tokyo flight, which may have bolstered the quick preparation of the routes.
Denver Mayor Hancock anticipates that the service “is opening Denver’s door” to Asia. In applauding United’s investment in Denver and Colorado, Hancock said the nonstop flight will create jobs, generate more than $130 million in annual economic impact and help attract new businesses.

From left to right: Christina Guo, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock,
Angela Cho, Ivy Hontz and Myrna Ann Adkins