American takes over Delta’s SEA-HND rights, now bidding for LAX-HND routes

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    It looks like American Airlines is barking at Delta Airlines lately. First, American offered bonus miles for those passengers who fly on paid First and Business class, and now, American has made a bid to the Department of Transportation to take over Delta’s route to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. American claims that Delta only operated flights between Seattle-Tacoma International and Haneda Airport 17 times this winter, which is 10 percent less and just enough flights for Delta to maintain rights to the slot. American asked the DOT to withdraw Delta’s rights due to underuse and the DOT has agreed. Now, American is trying to get the DOT to approve a bid to start flying from LAX to Haneda. American says they would provide customers daily, year-round nonstop service between LAX and Haneda on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. American is currently the largest carrier at LAX, and they provide passengers with nearly 1,200 weekly flights to 52 North American airports. American quoted the following statistics on their website, “This compares to Delta’s 500 weekly flights to 27 North American cities for customers connecting to Haneda through Seattle. We’ll offer one-stop service from Tokyo’s downtown airport to more than double the number of [...] The post American takes over Delta’s SEA-HND rights, now bidding for LAX-HND routes appeared first on The Winglet.

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