American Airlines recently announced it will be launching daily flights to Los Angeles from Tokyo Haneda starting from February 11, 2016. The airline will deploy a Boeing 787-8 aircraft to operate the year-round service. The Dreamliner will be in a three-class configuration and offer 22 business class seats, 48 seats in premium economy (Main Cabin Extra) and 150 seats in economy class (Main Cabin). The customers travelling in all the three cabins will also be able to take advantage of Wi-Fi service.
American Airlines while providing flight schedule said that the outbound Flight AA27 will make its departure from Los Angeles (LAX) at 18:00 hours and reach Tokyo Haneda (HND) at 23:00 hours next day. The return Flight AA26 will depart from Tokyo Haneda at 01:30 hours and arrive in Los Angeles at 18:20 hours.
Earlier, the airline had in 2014 sought permission from US regulators for taking over the flight rights to Tokyo Haneda which were then held by Delta Air Lines. Considering the fact that the number of foreign flights into Japan is limited, the US regulators have been asked by Japanese civil aviation authorities to see that the level of access is within control. According to latest media reports both the Japanese and US governments have approved the plans of American Airlines to launch flights to Tokyo Haneda.
Andrew Nocella, Chief Marketing Officer of American Airlines, said, “It is a matter of great delight that the airline is launching flights to Tokyo Haneda as well. The new service is surely a fantastic addition to the airline’s ever expanding network to Asia and a great complement to the existing flights services to Tokyo Narita.”