Japan Airlines has canceled eight flights scheduled to run between Tokyo and San Diego from Jan. 19 to Jan. 25, following the global grounding of Boeing Corp.’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft related to battery malfunctions.

A statement from the carrier said the cancellations affect approximately 1,290 passengers who were scheduled to travel on direct flights between San Diego International Airport and Narita International Airport. The carrier has also made aircraft changes globally to accommodate 70 flights impacted by the Dreamliner grounding for the same period.

The airline said it will be providing updates as decisions are made regarding other flights after Jan. 25.

“We sincerely apologize to our customers and all related parties for the inconvenience and concerns caused,” Japan Airlines spokeswoman Carol Anderson said in an email.

The San Diego-Tokyo flights were the first in Southern California to use Boeing’s 787-8 aircraft, and are the first-ever direct flights between San Diego and Japan. Flights are currently offered four times weekly, with daily service from San Diego International scheduled to begin in March.

— SDBJ Staff Report