American Airlines applies to fly from New York and Los Angeles to Tokyo Haneda

American Airlines applies to fly from New York and Los Angeles to Tokyo Haneda

American Airlines, a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, today filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to acquire two daily slot pairs to operate year-round scheduled service to Tokyo International Airport at Haneda (HND), starting Oct.1, 2010.  American proposes to fly to Haneda from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the two largest markets between the U.S. mainland and Tokyo.

“We have long wanted to fly from New York and Los Angeles to Haneda, the closest airport to downtown Tokyo,” said Will Ris, American’s Senior Vice President – Government Affairs.  “New York and Tokyo are two of the world’s principal financial centers, and Los Angeles, the nation’s second largest city, has substantial ties to Japan.  The new service will strengthen our relationship with our oneworld partner, Japan Airlines (JAL), which has extensive operations at Haneda.

“American applauds DOT and the U.S. Department of State for successfully negotiating an Open Skies accord with Japan last December that clears the way for U.S. airlines to serve Haneda once the new agreement is signed,” said Ris.  “There has been no scheduled service between the U.S. and Haneda since Narita opened in 1978.

“With almost 70 million annual passengers, Haneda is the fourth busiest airport in the world,” Ris added.  “It is in the public’s best interest that New York and Los Angeles are first in line for this important new service opportunity.”

American proposes to operate these new flights featuring 247-seat Boeing 777 aircraft, which hold 16 passengers in First Class, 37 in Business Class, and 194 in Economy Class.  Here are the proposed schedules:

From JFK to Haneda:.........................From Haneda to JFK:
Depart at 7:20 p.m…..........................Depart at 7:00 a.m.
Arrive at 10:20 p.m. (next day)............Arrive at 6:50 a.m. (same day)

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The early evening departure from New York, and the early morning arrival in New York, will allow convenient round-trip connections to a number of beyond cities, including Boston, Miami, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis and Washington (Reagan).

From LAX to Haneda: ........................From Haneda to LAX: 
Depart at 6:45 p.m…..........................Depart at 12:05 a.m.
Arrive at 10:05 p.m. (next day)............Arrive at 6:10 p.m. (previous day)

The early evening departure from Los Angeles, and the early evening arrival at Los Angeles, will likewise allow convenient on-line roundtrip connections to a number of beyond cities, including American’s hubs at Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Miami, as well as Fresno, Las Vegas, New York (JFK), Portland, San Diego, San Francisco,  San Juan, Santa Barbara, Seattle, and Washington (Dulles).

American currently operates nonstop service to Tokyo’s Narita airport using Boeing 777 aircraft from Chicago (daily), Dallas/Fort Worth (twice daily), Los Angeles (daily), and New York JFK (daily).  Under a codeshare arrangement between JAL and American, JAL displays its JL code on each of American’s U.S.-Tokyo flights and American displays the AA code on daily flights operated by JAL between Narita and Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), and San Francisco.

On Feb. 12, American and JAL filed a joint application with DOT for antitrust immunity for an alliance agreement and a joint business agreement for services between North America and Asia.  Subject to government approvals, those agreements will allow greater cooperation between American and JAL, enhanced competition and improved air travel across trans-Pacific routes.

American’s and JAL’s oneworld partner, British Airways, previously announced its intention to create a joint business agreement with JAL so that, from April 2011 and subject to regulatory approval, the two carriers can enjoy greater revenue sharing opportunities that will offer real long-term value for Japan Airlines.  As part of a joint business venture, British Airways has offered to support and facilitate a new service between London Heathrow and Haneda.