AMERICAS: Delta, AA and Hawaiian likely to get Haneda slots
The US government is proposing to award Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines with routes to TokyoÃ¢â‚¬™s Haneda Airport, the Department of Transportation said Friday. Access to what has been primarily a domestic airport near downtown Tokyo is much coveted by US carriers, who for years had been limited to serving Narita Airport, […]
June 1, 2010
The selection of these carriers is also aimed at promoting competition among the global airline alliances. Delta is a member of SkyTeam, and Northwest Airlines, which Delta acquired in 2008, already has a big presence at Narita and throughout Asia. American is a member of oneworld and cooperates with Japan Airlines Corp., that nationÃ¢â‚¬™s leading carrier and a big player at Haneda. Hawaiian is unaligned, but Hawaii is an important destination to Japanese travellers.
Also applying for Haneda takeoff and landing slots were UAL Corp.Ã¢â‚¬™s United Airlines and Continental Airlines Inc., which earlier announced plans to merge. They are in the Star Alliance and both serve Japanese markets on their own. JapanÃ¢â‚¬™s No. 2 carrier, All Nippon Airways Co., also is a member of Star and has extensive flight operations at Haneda.