American Airlines delays start up of JKF-Haneda service

23 Dec 2010

American Airlines will delay the launch of flights between New York and Haneda Airport in Tokyo in order to sidestep the traditionally weak February travel period.

Initially, after obtaining approval for the route last year, the carrier was scheduled to begin services on January 31, 2011. However, the carrier recently filed a request with the US Transportation Department to postpone the start day to March 1, since February is the slowest month for bookings between the US and Tokyo.

This move comes just nine days after American Airlines confirmed that it would begin services between New York’s JFK Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on January 20, 2011, and offered frequent fliers flying this route with extra miles.

Delta Airlines, a fierce competitor of AA, intends to begin flights on the same route on February 19, as scheduled. The carrier will fill in two of the four available time slots reserved for US carriers at the recently revamped Haneda Airport.

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Alisha Haridasani

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