United applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for permission to provide daily non-stop flights from its hub at San Francisco International Airport to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport in October 2013.
The airline has also applied for the Haneda Airport slot vacated by American Airlines following AA’s termination, on October 16, of its flights to Haneda from New York/JFK.
The airline currently operates a daily non-stop flight from San Francisco to Tokyo’s Narita international airport.
The new flights, if approved, will provide United passengers alternative departure and arrival times as well as easy connections to onward flights out of Haneda airport.
United has proposed to launch the new flights to Tokyo Haneda from San Francisco from June 2014 using existing aircraft in its fleet.
United currently operates daily non-stop flights to Tokyo Narita from Chicago, Denver, Guam, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.