American Airlines is resuming service between New York JFK and Tokyo's near-downtown Haneda Airport on June 1. It briefly flew between JFK and Haneda...

American Airlines is resuming service between New York JFK and Tokyo’s near-downtown Haneda Airport on June 1.

Tokyo Haneda Airport (IATA code HND) is the closest airport to the central commercial area of Tokyo. It is about a 20 minutes’ drive or monorail ride away from key downtown-Tokyo business districts.


American Airlines briefly flew between JFK and Haneda from February 18, 2011, but suspended the service when demand for travel to Japan subsided following Japan’s March 2011 massive earthquake and tsunami.

Until American Airlines starts taking delivery of up to 100 Boeing 787s which it has ordered, the Boeing 777-200ER is the carrier's primary long-haul aircraft type. American is due to operate up to 54 777-200ERs, each of which it has outfitted to seat 247 passengers in three service classes

According to American, its resumed New York JFK-Haneda daily flights will offer connecting opportunities for travelers from Asia, to North American cities such as Boston, Miami, Raleigh/Durham, Washington, D.C. and Montreal. At Haneda, the service will also offer connecting opportunities to Singapore and Bangkok for fliers traveling from North America.

Nearly 70 million customers pass through Tokyo Haneda Airport annually, making it Asia’s second-busiest airport (after Beijing Capital International Airport) and the fifth-busiest airport in the world. It is also Japan’s main hub for domestic flights, providing the widest range of options for connections to and from cities throughout the country.

From June 1, American and Japan Airlines (JAL) – the U.S. carrier’s Pacific joint business partner within the oneworld alliance – will offer customers the choice of two daily flights between JFK and Tokyo.

One is the JAL flight to and from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, and the other is the resumed American Airlines flight to and from Haneda. Japan Airlines will codeshare with American on the New York-Haneda flight.

“Tourism from the United States to Japan is on the upswing, and American visitors will be delighted by the many new hotels and attractions Tokyo offers today,” says Yuki Tanaka, executive director, New York Office of the Japan National Tourism Organization.

American Airlines operates most if not all of its transpacific services with Boeing 777-200ERs. The airline had 47 in service as of May 2012, with six more on order. American also held orders for 10 Boeing 777-300ERs, which when delivered would become the biggest aircraft in its fleet

“The resumption of American’s non-stop flight to Haneda from JFK should accelerate this positive trend, since the proximity of Haneda to downtown Tokyo will make it all the more inviting for Americans to visit this fascinating city and experience its many attractions, including the finest in culture, food, sports and entertainment,” adds Tanaka.

American’s schedule between New York JFK and Tokyo Haneda will see flight AA135 departing JFK daily from June 1 at 6:55 p.m. and landing at HND at 10:15 p.m. next day), local time, after crossing the International Dateline.

In the other direction, flight AA134 will leave HND daily from June 3 at 6:50 a.m. and arrive at JFK at 6:40 a.m. the same day), local time, again after crossing the International Dateline.

American Airlines will operate the JFK-HND service with Boeing 777-200ER widebodies. Each is configured with 247 seats – 16 in First Class, 37 in Business Class and 194 in the Main Cabin.

The Boeing 777-200ER is a mainstay of American Airlines' long-haul international network

The First Class cabin is outfitted with American’s Flagship Suite in a 1-2-1 configuration. Each Flagship Suite transforms into a fully lie-flat 6-foot-6-inch bed with drop-down armrests that allow for easier access and more sleeping space.

As well as having access to a plethora of in-flight entertainment options, customers traveling in American’s long-haul First Class also receive a variety of inflight amenities. These include American’s turn-down service with a quilted bed topper, pajamas and slippers as well as amenity kits that include Dermalogica products and a premium-class duvet paired with an over-sized plush pillow.

The airline’s 777-200ER Business Class cabin features fully adjustable lie-flat seats, a library of entertainment at the customer’s fingertips, amenity kits, and the premium-class duvet paired with an over-sized plush pillow.

Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones are available in both First and Business Class.

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