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American Airlines seeks to defer launch of New York JFK-Haneda service

23-Dec-2010 10:08 AM

American Airlines requested US regulators for permission to delay the launch of New York JFK-Tokyo Haneda service from 31-Jan-2010 to 01-Mar-2011 to avoid the traditionally slow February travel period (Dow Jones/Bloomberg, 22-Dec-2010). The carrier stated the delay would enable the carrier to avoid "start-up in the depths of the off-peak season". The carrier stated Feb-2010 is notably the slowest month for travel between continental US and Tokyo with 25% fewer bookings than in Mar-2011. The carrier continued that an extension would allow American to “benefit from this important seasonal upswing in Tokyo traffic”. Delta Air Lines still plans to launch services from Detroit and Los Angeles to Tokyo Haneda in Feb-2011 using two of the four daily slots available for US carriers at the airport. Delta has previously sought an extension on the services from Jan-2011 to 19-Feb-2011. Hawaiian Airlines, which secured the rights to operate one daily service to Haneda, commenced service from Honolulu in Nov-2010. Hawaiian Holdings stated it was ready to take over American's route authority in the event of "any protracted delays", and use it to commence a second daily Honolulu-Haneda service.