Aviation news: Delta Air Lines to begin flights between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and Detroit and LA


ATLANTA, GA – Beginning January 29, 2011, Delta Air Lines will begin daily, year-round flights between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Detroit and Los Angeles. Flights are scheduled as follows, subject to government approval:

627 Detroit at 7:30 pm Tokyo-Haneda at 11:00 pm* 1/29/2011
628 Tokyo-Haneda at 6:55 am Detroit at 4:50 am 1/30/2011
635 Los Angeles at 12:10 am Tokyo-Haneda at 5:00 am* 1/29/2011
636 Tokyo-Haneda at 1:00 am Los Angeles at 6:40 pm** 1/31/2011

*Arrives next day
**Arrives previous day

All flights will utilize the Boeing 747-700.

The new service becomes available for sale following a recent US Department of Transportation (DOT) decision giving Delta’s global alliance – SkyTeam – its first opportunity to compete across the Pacific from Haneda.

“No US airline has invested more in Tokyo, and service into Haneda airport is a logical addition to the three airports Delta already serves across Japan,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president – network planning and revenue management. “Customers on both sides of the Pacific will benefit as Delta and SkyTeam strengthen competition at Haneda and continue to expand global connections to Japan with new service at Haneda complementing our hub at Narita.”

From Detroit, new service to Haneda will boost Delta’s Eastern US gateway to Asia, building on recently-added flights to Seoul and Hong Kong, expanded service to Shanghai, and long-standing flights to Tokyo-Narita and Nagoya. Delta’s hub at Detroit, featuring a state-of-the-art, 121-gate terminal designed for international connections, will provide one-stop service to Haneda for customers in 106 US cities.

“Delta demonstrates their confidence in Detroit Metro with the continued expansion of Asian routes, specifically to Tokyo-Haneda, continuing to position the Detroit Metropolitan area as an international gateway,” said Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano. “This addition will be a collective boost for Delta’s Eastern gateway to Asia and for Southeast Michigan.”
From Los Angeles, Delta will serve the largest mainland US-Tokyo market, as well as provide one-stop service for customers in 21 US cities.

Said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa: “I am very proud that the US DOT chose Los Angeles as the US West Coast gateway for this much sought-after, new route. Delta’s new nonstop route between LAX and Tokyo-Haneda will increase competition and enhance customer benefits on flights between the US and Haneda, as well as strengthen business, tourism, and cultural ties with one of the most desirable cities in Asia.”