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American Airlines has submitted an application to the United States department of transportation to operate additional service to Tokyo Haneda.
The proposed new flights will take off from Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
American’s application is a result of the US and Japan reaching a tentative agreement last month to expand access at Tokyo Haneda, which would open up to 12 additional daytime slot pairs for US carrier operations.
“Tokyo is an important hub for our Pacific Joint Business with Japan Airlines,” said American Airlines president Robert Isom.
“Enhanced service at Haneda would give our customers better access to downtown Tokyo and open up Japan Airlines’ domestic network with flights to destinations like Osaka, Sapporo and Fukuoka.”
American currently operates one daily flight between Los Angeles and Tokyo Haneda, which began in 2016.
Additionally, Dallas/Fort Worth, American’s largest hub, serves as an important gateway to Asia with proven local and connecting traffic.
With two daily flights, customers traveling from Haneda to Dallas/Fort Worth would be able to connect to and from more than 800 daily flights and more than 200 destinations throughout American’s vast network.
Las Vegas is one of the largest unserved US markets for Japanese travellers.
In January, American, together with Japan Airlines, operated a special non-stop flight between Tokyo Narita and Vegas around the Consumer Electronics Show.
American’s proposed Haneda service would be operated as part of the airline’s Pacific Joint Business with Japan Airlines.
The Pacific Joint Business was established in 2011 and covers travel among 11 countries in Asia and North America.
It allows the two airlines to coordinate schedules, network and service to give more than 3.1 million annual customers access to up to 23 daily trans-Pacific flights from 15 gateway cities in Asia and North America.