American Airlines and British Airways on Sunday launched their new Haneda International Airport flights, strengthening still further the leading position of oneworld, the foremost quality global airline alliance, at Asia’s newest international hub.
Both airlines’ inaugural services from Haneda's newly expanded gateway departed within minutes of one another.
American is now offering the only flights between Haneda and New York, with its daily JFK schedule complementing Japan Airlines’ established service between Haneda and San Francisco. Both services carry the codes of both airlines.
British Airways is operating Haneda’s only route to the UK, serving the airport an initial five times a week non-stop from its London Heathrow hub, in addition to its established daily Tokyo Narita schedule.
With Japan Airlines serving Paris CDG from Tokyo Haneda since October, oneworld was already the only alliance with airlines connecting the Japanese airport with Europe – and now its airlines offer a choice of two European routes.
Sunday's debut services were marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Tokyo Haneda hosted by American’s Vice President and Managing Director Asia/Pacific Theo Panagiotoulias and British Airways’ Area General Manager Asia Pacific Jamie Cassidy, joined by Japan Airlines President Masaru Onishi.
Panagiotoulias said: “We are very excited by this new flight that links two of the world’s largest financial markets and offers passengers the ability to fly from New York to Haneda, the closest airport to downtown Tokyo, and which hasn’t had service from the USA since 1978 when Tokyo’s Narita International Airport opened. We also are pleased to be offering this new service as part of our new transpacific joint venture with our valued oneworld partner, Japan Airlines.”
British Airways’ Cassidy added: “Today is a historic day for British Airways as we start our new route from Haneda which compliments our existing service from Narita. The start of this route allows us to offer our customers greater choice and flexibility. We are proud to be the only carrier operating from Haneda direct to the UK. The start of this service demonstrates our commitment to Japan and the deepening of our growing relationship with JAL.”
JAL's Onishi stated: “Japan Airlines began operating on new international routes from Haneda at the end of October last year. Passenger numbers have been very encouraging and are a good indication of the demand for flights to and from Haneda. The launch of American’s and British Airways’ flights today is undoubtedly great news for the traveling public in Japan and is certain to strengthen further oneworld’s service offerings to customers.”
In addition to the new flight from Haneda to New York JFK, American and its partner Japan Airlines also offer non-stop daily service from Narita Airport to JFK. American flies between the U.S. and Tokyo using Boeing 777 aircraft with 247 seats -- 16 in First Class, 37 in Business Class and 194 in Economy Class.
Flight AA135 will depart JFK daily at 6.10 p.m., arriving at Haneda at 10.15 p.m. the following day. The return AA134 will depart Haneda at 6.40 a.m. daily, landing at JFK at 5.15 a.m. the same day.
With the launch of the its new five-a-week service from Haneda in addition to its daily Narita schedule, British Airways will operate 12 flights a week between Tokyo and London Heathrow.
Flight BA7 will depart London Heathrow on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8 a.m., landing at Haneda at 5 a.m. the next day. The return flight BA8 will depart Haneda on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 6.25 a.m., arriving at Heathrow at 10 a.m. the same day.© Japan Today