American Airlines Eyes Tokyo To New York Flights

Daniel Fowkes
30 Jan 2024
· Routes 
American Airlines is edging closer to launching nonstop flights between New York JFK and Tokyo Haneda with its Boeing 777-200ERs.

American Airlines is getting closer to launching nonstop service between New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Tokyo Haneda (HND) following tentative approval from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT).

If American Airlines can formally launch the route, it’ll be the only airline in the United States to offer such a service. However, it won’t be the only airline to feature ultimately.

Japan Airlines Flies Tokyo To New York JFK

Fellow Oneworld member and partner Japan Airlines also operates between Tokyo Haneda and New York JFK. It recently began services with its new flagship, the Airbus A350-1000.

The connection with the A350-1000 flexes the capabilities of the next-generation aircraft, and American Airlines wants to join JAL in serving the two markets.

The Proposed Schedule

If all goes according to plan, American Airlines will look to launch the New York to Tokyo Haneda connection in the coming months and have the service be nonstop.

A connection between the two cities would complement American Airlines’ commitment to the Japanese airport with service from two other airports in the United States: Dalls-Fort Worth and Los Angeles.

The Boeing 777-200ER will likely be deployed on the service between the two locations, boasting an increased range and three-class configuration that holds 37 in business, 24 in premium economy and 212 in economy.

Departure from Haneda would occur at 1505, and thanks to time zones, arrival into New York would arrive at 1510 the same day. However, on the service originating from New York, departure would be at 1000, with an arrival in Tokyo the following day at 1305.

More Seats & Connectivity

American Airlines says the new service will benefit all customers, and they’re very excited about launching the nonstop route.

Utilising partner Japan Airlines as a vital application supporter helped American Airlines get over the line in a move that’ll see 200,000 annual roundtrip seats added between the United States and Japan.

American notes they’re well positioned to meet demand while offering their customers more ways to visit the two locations and travel onwards, whether for business or to connect with family and friends.

Service between the United States and Tokyo Haneda hasn’t been easy to obtain, with other U.S.-based airline proposing their services and what they’d offer if granted the slots.

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