US carriers apply for additional frequencies to Tokyo

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US carriers American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines have applied for 19 additional daily frequencies between the United States and Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND), after the US and Japan reached a tentative agreement to expand access for US-American airlines at Haneda Airport. The agreement will open new additional daytime slots for the carriers. At the moment, airlines from the United States operate a total of six daily flights to Haneda Airport.

Pending government approvals, the proposed flights are expected to begin by the summer 2020.

American Airlines

American Airlines already flies to Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT) from Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. In addition to that, the carrier offers a daily service between Tokyo Haneda and Los Angeles, but plans to expand its operations at Haneda Airport with three new flights (including a second daily flight from Los Angeles):

  • Dallas (DFW) – Tokyo Haneda
  • Las Vegas (LAS) – Tokyo Haneda
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Tokyo Haneda

The proposed route between Dallas and Tokyo Haneda would be operated two times per day by Boeing 777-200 aircraft. The route from Las Vegas and Los Angeles will be operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner airplanes, according to the proposed schedule.

Delta Air Lines

Delta has applied for a total of six additional frequencies from US hubs to Tokyo Haneda Airport:

  • Atlanta (ATL) – Tokyo Haneda
  • Detroit (DTW) – Tokyo Haneda
  • Honolulu (HNL) – Tokyo Haneda
  • Portland (PDX) – Tokyo Haneda
  • Seattle (SEA) – Tokyo Haneda

The connection between Honolulu and Tokyo Haneda would be operated as a twice-daily service, according to Delta’s application with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). The airline announced that its proposed route between Seattle and Tokyo Haneda is scheduled to be operated by the brand new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft, which is yet to be delivered to the carrier.

Delta already flies between several cities in the US and Tokyo Narita International Airport. Additionally, Tokyo Haneda International Airport is also a part of the airline’s existing route network with flights from Los Angeles and Minneapolis.

Furthermore, Delta will restart its service between Seattle and Osaka Kansai in April.

United Airlines

United Airlines has proposed six new daily direct flights to Tokyo Haneda Airport:

  • Chicago (ORD) – Tokyo Haneda
  • Guam (GUM) – Tokyo Haneda
  • Houston (IAH) – Tokyo Haneda
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Tokyo Haneda
  • New York Newark (EWR) – Toyko Haneda
  • Washington (IAD) – Tokyo Haneda

United plans to shift some of its existing daily Chicago, Houston and Washington nonstop flights from Tokyo Narita to Tokyo Haneda. The airline also operates several other flights between the US and Tokyo (both HND and NRT) that will continue to operate as a supplement to the new routes.

The Los Angeles route would be operated by United’s new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, while all other frequencies would be served by the Boeing 777-200.

Hawaiian Airlines

The Honolulu-based carrier currently operates flights to both Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita International Airport from Honolulu. However, Hawaiian Airlines applied for three additional daily services between Honolulu and Toyko Haneda Airport. Besides, the airline offers flights between Kona and Tokyo Haneda. All flights to Japan are operated by Hawaiian’s Airbus A330 airplanes.

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