United plans to launch New York-Tokyo Haneda flights

United Airlines has applied for permission to launch a new route connecting New York with Tokyo.

The US-based carrier revealed on Thursday that it is planning to operate daily flights between New York’s Newark Liberty International Airport and Haneda Airport in Tokyo, although no details were announced regarding the launch date or schedule.

Photo by Songquan Deng
Photo by Songquan Deng

The airline currently flies direct between Newark and Tokyo’s Narita Airport.

“United’s proposed service will connect two centres of global commerce and culture with Tokyo’s close-in airport and offer customers more options for travel between the US and Japan,” said Steve Morrissey, United’s vice president of regulatory & policy.

And United has also submitted an application with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to continue its existing daily direct flights between San Francisco and Haneda.

“More than 150,000 customers from large and small communities across the US have benefitted from United’s San Francisco-Haneda service. We hope the DOT reaffirms its earlier decision that this route provides numerous consumer and competitive benefits,” Morrissey stated.

In addition, Hawaiian Airlines has applied to the DOT for permission to fly between Kona and Haneda. This would mark the airline’s second route to the Japanese airport, following its existing Honolulu-Haneda service.

United currently operates direct flights to Tokyo from seven mainland US hubs, with flights to Narita from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco and Washington DC, and the service connecting Haneda with San Francisco.

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