Earlier this year, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) agreed to a deal with Japanese authorities that would give United States-based airlines 12 slot pairs at Tokyo’s Haneda airport (HND), all of which are during the day. If approved, the flights will commence in the first half of 2020.

Airlines were given a week to submit their proposals to the DOT, making them due today, 21 February. The department of transportation plans to allocate permission to the airlines on February 28th, just a week from now.

Tokyo Haneda Airport is located less than 10 miles from the city center of Tokyo, making it a preferred choice among those traveling directly to Tokyo. Currently, most routes from the United States to Tokyo are to Narita Airport, which is located nearly 40 miles away from the city center of Tokyo, requiring a lengthy train ride just to reach the city.

Both United and Delta operate service from Narita to other cities in Asia and the Pacific such as Singapore, Manila, Guam, and Honolulu. As the airlines transition their flights to Haneda, some of the flights within Asia could be scaled down.

International slot pairs were first allocated from Haneda in 2010, with Delta beginning service to Detroit and then Seattle. American also flew from Haneda to New York’s JFK airport. In 2013, more international slot pairs were allocated to Japan’s two largest airlines, ANA and Japan Airlines. Throughout the past couple of years, American based carriers have been gradually increasing service to Haneda. As of today, the following routes are served:

American Airlines:

  • Los Angeles(LAX)-Boeing 787-9

Delta Airlines

  • Los Angeles(LAX)-Airbus A330-300
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul(MSP)-Boeing 777-200ER

United Airlines

  • San Francisco(SFO)-Boeing 787-9

Hawaiian Airlines

  • Honolulu(HNL)-Airbus A330-200 (11 weekly)
  • Kailua-Kona (KOA)-Airbus A330-200 (4 weekly)

Japanese carriers also fly several routes from Haneda to the United States. These cities include San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD), and New York (JFK).

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The proposals of the airlines were released today and are as follows:

American Airlines

  • Preference #1: Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)-Boeing 777-200ER
  • Preference #2: Los Angeles (LAX)-Boeing 777-200ER
  • Preference #3: 2nd daily Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Boeing 777-200ER
  • Preference #4: Las Vegas (LAS)-Boeing 787-8

Delta Airlines

  • Preference #1: Seattle (SEA)-Airbus A330-900neo
  • Preference #2: Detroit (DTW)-Airbus A350-900
  • Preference #3: Atlanta (ATL)-Boeing 777-200(ER/LR)
  • Preference #4: Portland (PDX)-Airbus A330-200
  • Preference #5: Honolulu (HNL)-Boeing 767-300ER
  • Preference #6: 2nd daily Honolulu (HNL)-Boeing 767-300ER

United Airlines

  • Preference #1: Newark (EWR)-Boeing 777-200ER (In addition to flight to Tokyo Narita.
  • Preference #2: Chicago (ORD)-Boeing 777-200ER (replaces current flight to Tokyo Narita)
  • Preference #3: Washington D.C.(IAD)-Boeing 777-200ER (Replaces current flight to Tokyo Narita)
  • Preference #4: Los Angeles (LAX)-Boeing 787-10 (In addition to flight to Tokyo Narita)
  • Preference #5: Houston (IAH)-Boeing 777-200ER (Replaces current flight to Tokyo Narita)
  • Preference #6: Guam (GUM); Boeing 777-200ER (In addition to flight to Tokyo Narita)

Hawaiian Airlines

  • Honolulu (HNL)-Airbus A330-200 (Bringing total flights to 3 daily)

While only 12 of these 17 slot will be awarded, the most notable is American’s bid for a flight to Las Vegas. Las Vegas is popular among Japanese tourists but is not currently served non-stop from Japan. American has operated Boeing 787 aircraft to Las Vegas throughout this winter season, indicating an increased level of dedication to Las Vegas. American argues that its flight to Haneda will allow for people living throughout Japan to easily access Las Vegas through connections on Japan Airlines. Japan Airlines and American Airlines have a joint venture.

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