US carriers target bellyhold routes to Japan

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American Airlines Boeing 787

American Airlines has applied to the US Department of Transportation proposing to operate a daily bellyhold service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport from Los Angeles International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

American’s application follows the historic signing of a new aviation agreement between the US and Japan in February to improve US carriers’ access at Tokyo Haneda.

American’s chief marketing officer, Andrew Nocella says: “American’s proposed service provides daytime access to Haneda from our West Coast gateway in Los Angeles and our largest and most centrally located hub in Dallas/Fort Worth – two regions with substantial and growing local and connecting traffic to Asia.”

Meanwhile, United Airlines has applied to the US Department of Transportation for authority to continue to provide a daily bellyhold service from the airline’s trans-Pacific gateway in San Francisco to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

The airline also applied to begin serving Haneda with a daily service from its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport.

United’s vice president of regulatory and policy, Steve Morrissey says: “United’s proposed service will connect two centers of global commerce and culture with Tokyo’s close-in airport and offer customers more options for travel between the US and Japan.”