American Airlines finally re-secured rights to operate flights to Tokyo Haneda Airport. This is the second time the Dallas based airline will have operations at both of Tokyo’s major airports.
The airline announced it received approvals from the Japanese aviation authorities to start the new route.
AA26/27 flight pair will start operations on February 11, 2016.
Tickets will be on sale starting on November 8, 2015. This will give the airline about a three month lead time to sell tickets ahead of the inaugural flight. Total distance of travel is about 5,500 miles (12 hours outbound, 10 hours inbound flying time) and is well within the Boeing 787-8’s operational range.
Flight times are dictated by the slots agreed between the US and Japan. Outbound leaves Los Angeles at 1800 (6pm) which should allow American Airlines to gain feeder traffic and arrives at 2300 (11pm)+1 local time. The arrival time should provide passengers with time to catch the last set of public transportation options into downtown Tokyo. Any delays will cost passenger to use taxi.
Inbound at 0130 (130am) will mean some passengers may have to wait at the gate area longer than usual as most transportation and food outlets close earlier than boarding time. To accommodate late departures, Oneworld partner Japan Airlines extended its lounge times to 0130 starting in June 5, 2015.
American Airlines will be using a Boeing 787-8, the smaller of the two variants of the jet family ordered. The aircraft is configured into three classes (Business, Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin) with a total of 226 seats. Premium Density Ratio (premium seats over total capacity) is 12.39%.
American Airlines loaded this aircraft type with the latest seat designs for all classes. Passengers can enjoy different options in their individual inflight entertainment screens. Connectivity is provided by USB/Power ports and WiFi.