American announces Los Angeles-Tokyo route

American Airlines will launch a year-round daily service between Los Angeles and Tokyo Haneda on February 11.

The carrier will operate a B787-8 in a three-class configuration on the route. The Dreamliner will be equipped with wifi and have 22 seats in business class, 48 in Main Cabin Extra (premium economy), and 150 in Main Cabin (economy).

Outbound service AA27 will depart LAX at 1800 and arrive at Haneda at 2300 the next day. Return leg AA26 will leave Tokyo at 0130 and land in Los Angeles at 1820.

Last year, American filed a request with US regulators seeking to take over the flight rights to Tokyo Haneda that were then held by Delta (see news, October 2014).

As there is a limit to the number of foreign flights into Japan, US regulators are tasked to oversee that the level of access is controlled.

Both the US and Japan have now approved American’s flight plans to Tokyo Haneda.

Andrew Nocella, American’s chief marketing officer, said: “This new flight is a fantastic addition to our growing network to Asia and a great complement to our existing service to Tokyo Narita.”

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Graham Smith


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  • Since when did AA’s main cabin extra become a class of its own? ‘the carrier will operate a B787-8 in a three-class configuration on the route. The Dreamliner will be equipped with wifi and have 22 seats in business class, 48 in Main Cabin Extra (premium economy), and 150 in Main Cabin (economy).

    It would certainly interest HMRC to know that they market it as a premium cabin because they only charge APD of £71 for what HMRC refer to as Reduced rate: (for travel in the lowest class of travel available on the aircraft).

    BA on the other hand charge the increased amount for their premium economy product of £142.

    So in conclusion, to claim AA have 3 class aircraft on this route is akin to stating that Ryanair operate 2 class aircraft by virtue of their front row seats.

    Am I missing something??

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