Australian John Wraight sleeps while resting on blankets after being stranded… (Cory Lum / EPA )
Delta Flight 635, a hulking 747-400, pulled out of Terminal 5 at LAX early Saturday and arrived at Tokyo's Haneda airport 11 hours later. No big deal under normal circumstances. On the day after the worst quake in Japanese history, it was a small step toward normalcy.
Photos: Scenes from the earthquake
Four LAX flights into and out of Tokyo’s two airports were scheduled Saturday, and as of midday they were close to being on schedule. Delta Flight 284 from Narita airport in Tokyo arrived at LAX in the late morning, and Flight 283 left LAX for the return trip about 45 minutes after its scheduled noon departure. Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines Flight 12 from Narita arrived at LAX before noon.
Overall, though, domestic and international air travel to Japan remained crippled. Kyodo News reported more than 400 flights were canceled Saturday. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines canceled all domestic flights after seven of the two airlines' planes were damaged in the quake.
Train operations in the Tokyo area resumed Saturday, Kyodo News said, though some routes were reduced to fewer runs.
In addition to the usual airline websites, here are some handy links for keeping track of flights to and from Japan and into LAX:
LAX flight cancellations and resumptions
Tokyo/Narita quake updates
Track any flight from any airline via FlightAware