Hawaiian Airlines will begin daily service from Honolulu to Tokyo Haneda this October, after winning approval for the new route from the DOT on Friday.
With the "Open Skies" pact signed by the US and Japan last December, Hawaiian, Delta, and American plan to begin service from the United States to Haneda, a more convenient way to get to Tokyo than the hour-long train ride from Narita.
JAL is retiring all 747s from its fleet this year, and will soon switch from a 747 to a 767 on their Honolulu-Tokyo route, so the additional 767 (and eventually A330) Hawaiian will use on this route should compensate for the lack of seats on JAL.
United, ANA, JAL, Delta, and Hawaiian will now compete from Tokyo from Honolulu. Based on the competition, I hope Hawaiian plans to offer more than just a regional Business Class seat on this route, unless it will undercut its competition on price.
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