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Published: 07/01/2015 - Filed under: Home » News »

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After Delta reduced it’s Seattle – Haneda route to seasonal operations, two American carriers’ are seeking access to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.  Currently, per the U.S.-Japan bilateral agreement, U.S. airlines may only operate a total of four daily round-trip flights at Haneda Airport.  These existing routes are provided by Delta from LAX and Seattle, Hawaiian from Honolulu and United from San Fran. 

American’s President, Scott Kirby, lobbies on behalf of equal access and states:

With only four authorized daily flights for U.S. airlines between Haneda and the United States, it is imperative that American be allowed to compete. We are the only U.S. global network carrier without the authority to operate our own aircraft at Haneda. American's proposed Los Angeles-Haneda service will increase competition in the Haneda market and make the most of underutilized operating rights by giving millions of consumers and shippers a new, viable travel option to Haneda that they don't have today.

Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines appeals to economic growth as well as public benefits:

Kona continues to be a top destination for Japanese travelers, and we are more certain than ever that direct service to West Hawai'i is the highest and best use for the scarce Haneda slots that are at stake here. This route would provide unmatched public benefit by improving U.S. exports, boosting spending and economic growth within the United States and increasing U.S. jobs.

Both airlines are asking the public to support them through online petitions and social media.

American is encouraging customers and employees to voice their support of its proposal to operate Los Angeles-Haneda service by visiting aa.com/LetAAFlyHaneda and tweeting using the hashtag #LetAAFlyHaneda.

Hawaiian Airlines will be seeking petition signatures and letters of support for the route from all communities of Hawai'i. Petitions are available online at the airline's online advocacy webpage: Action.HawaiianAir.com.

If approved, this would be Hawaiian Airlines' fifth Japan route and third daily non-stop flight between Japan and Hawai'i, joining daily service to Honolulu from Tokyo and Osaka and thrice-weekly service between Honolulu, Sendai and Sapporo. Hawaiian Airlines anticipates it will begin service on or about June 1, 2015, utilizing its fleet of 20 294-seat A330-200 aircraft. The departure and arrival times will vary depending on time of year.

MONTHS

FLIGHT

ROUTE

DEPARTS

ARRIVES

FREQUENCY

May-Oct

HA 841

KOA-HND

06:10 PM

10:00 PM (+1)*

Daily

HA 842

HND-KOA

11:55 PM

12:50 PM*

Daily

Nov-Apr

HA 841

KOA-HND

05:05 PM

10:00 PM (+1)*

Daily

HA 842

HND-KOA

11:55 PM

12:15 PM*

Daily

*Aircraft will cross international dateline

American will operate its proposed LAX-HND service with a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. The airline is retrofitting all 47 of its 777-200s to refresh the cabins and enhance the premium experience on international flights.  Specific flight schedules are not available at this time.  

Business Traveler will keep on eye on the decision and let you know what outcome US DOT makes on this popular route.    

By Elizabeth Atkinson 

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