Friday, 17 May 2019

US authority tentatively approves services to Haneda


Photo Japan Airport Terminal 
The US Department of Transport has tentatively given approval for American carriers to fly into Tokyo’s preferred airport, Haneda, it was announced this week.

The DoT will make the final decision later this year to allow airlines to start flying the new routes from the spring/summer of next year and is considered a major milestone for route development between Japan and the US.

United Airlines has 'tentatively' been granted a total of four daily nonstop flights to Haneda Airport, these will leave from United's hubs at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  "As the largest U.S. carrier to Asia, we are excited to see we were granted additional slots to Haneda to help more Americans travel between our nation and Japan's capital city, which will offer our customers an unparalleled experience while maximizing choice," said United Airlines President Scott Kirby.


Photo Japan Airport Terminal 
American Airlines has been given approval 'tentatively' to operate a daily flight from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and a second daily flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Haneda.  “We are encouraged by the DOT’s tentative decision and look forward to operating more flights into Tokyo Haneda and beyond with our joint business partner, Japan Airlines,” said American Airlines President Robert Isom. “We understand the unique opportunity we’ve been granted with new Haneda service from our largest hub at DFW and additional service from LAX, and will deliver a world-class customer experience when flights begin next year.” American’s new DFW–HND service would be operated with a Boeing 777-200, while its second LAX–HND service would be operated with a 787-8.

The Trump backing Delta is the clear winner, they've been given the 'tentative' approval to operate flights from Seattle (SEA), Detroit (DTW), Atlanta (ATL), Portland (PDX) and Honolulu (HNL) to Haneda. If the preliminary decision is upheld, Delta would become the leading US airline serving the Tokyo airport. The airline already flies there from Los Angeles (LAX) and Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP).  “This preliminary order demonstrates the DOT’s commitment to encouraging competition and providing more choice for customers travelling between the U.S. and Tokyo’s city centre,” said Steve Sear, President – International and Executive Vice President - Global Sales. 

Delta says it will operate the flights using the following aircraft types:

SEA-HND Airbus A330-900neo. 

DTW-HND Airbus A350-900

ATL-HND  Boeing 777-200ER

PDX-HND Airbus A330-200

HNL-HND Boeing 767-300ER



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