United Adds Flights Between Guam and Tokyo Haneda. American Still Wins With JFK.

by Anthony Losanno

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American Airlines announced the schedule for its new flight from New York John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) this week. It won this slot when it became available after Delta Air Lines pulled the plug on its service from Portland International Airport (PDX). United had made a play for the slot and wanted to add a flight from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). This was denied, but United just got new flights from Guam’s Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM) added to its schedule.

United currently flies 32 weekly flights between Guam’s Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM) and Tokyo-Narita International Airport (NRT). The plan calls for a Boeing 737-800 on this route with 16 Business Class, 48 Economy Plus, and 102 Economy Class seats.

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Patrick Quayle, United’s Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances, said:

As we grow our global network, we’re always looking for opportunities to give our customers more choice and strengthen links between countries. This route – connecting Tokyo’s most convenient airport with our unique Guam hub – accomplishes just that. I appreciate the support of the Department of Transportation in recognizing the importance of this route to our customers and stakeholders.”

United is the largest carrier serving Guam. It offers more than 87 weekly flights to 14 destinations and has been flying to the North Pacific island for over 55 years.

Anthony’s Take: American definitely is the winner in this slot war with the New York route being far more lucrative, but it’s good to see United still investing in its Guam operation. We’ll see if they try to shift the slot in the future.

(Image Credits: Kazua Oto and United Airlines.)

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1 comment

GKK February 23, 2024 - 11:39 am

Is it really far more lucrative? New York-Tokyo has been a graveyard for US carriers for a long time.


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