Delta is the latest airline to file an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation add new Tokyo-Haneda service. They’re looking to get in on the newly announced slots and have proposed the following new routes. They want to add service to Seattle (SEA), Detroit (DTW), Atlanta (ATL), and Portland (PDX)., as well as twice-daily service to Honolulu (HNL).
Per Delta, they plan to operate the flights using the following aircraft types:
- SEA-HND would be operated using Delta’s newest international widebody aircraft, the Airbus A330-900neo. Delta’s A330-900neo will feature all four branded seat products – Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin – giving customers more choice than ever before.
- DTW- HND would be operated using Delta’s flagship Airbus A350-900 aircraft, the launch fleet type for Delta’s award-winning Delta One Suite.
- ATL- HND would be flown using Delta’s refreshed Boeing 777-200ER, featuring Delta One Suites, the new Delta Premium Select cabin and the widest Main Cabin seats of Delta’s international fleet.
- PDX- HND would be flown using Delta’s Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which features 34 lie-flat seats with direct-aisle access in Delta One, 32 in Delta Comfort+ and 168 seats in the Main Cabin.
- HNL-HND would be operated twice daily using Delta’s Boeing 767-300ER. This fleet type is currently being retrofitted with a new cabin interior and inflight entertainment system.
Tokyo-Haneda has 12 new slots opened at the airport, and Delta is hoping to get six of those slots. However, they’re not the only ones, as American, United, and Hawaiian Airlines all have also submitted applications as well, so it will be interesting to see who will be awarded these slots.
As of now, between all the applications, there’s currently 17, meaning 5 of the proposed routes won’t be approved. Many of these airlines currently fly to Tokyo-Narita, however they’re interested in either adding new service or moving their routes to Haneda.
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