Delta Air Lines is to launch expanded nonstop services from Japan to two popular leisure destinations – Honolulu and the Pacific island of Palau.
The airline has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting permission to start new nonstop service between its Tokyo-Narita hub and the Pacific island of Palau. The proposed flights would operate four-times weekly beginning in December and would be the only scheduled nonstop service between Japan and Palau.
Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean that lies 800 km east of the Philippines and 3,200 km south of Tokyo, is a popular scuba diving destination. In addition to divers, the island has been attracting tourists interested in its well-preserved natural environment. Nearly 30,000 Japanese tourists visit Palau each year.
Delta currently operates flights from Nagoya to Detroit, Guam, Saipan and Manila, as well as connecting flights to 10 U.S. gateways via Tokyo-Narita.
The airline will also begin new daily services between Nagoya, Japan, and Honolulu on 22 December 2010, subject to government approval. The flight will be operated with 216-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, with 35 BusinessElite seats and 181 seats in Economy.
Delta also plans to begin operating nonstop service between Haneda Airport in central Tokyo and Detroit and Los Angeles, pending final approval by the U.S. DOT.© Japan Today