Delta Air Lines is planning to add non-stop service from Japanese cities to two popular leisure destinations, Honolulu and the Pacific island nation of Palau.
“Delta has been a leader in providing service from Japan to attractive beach resorts including Guam, Saipan and Hawaii for many years,” says Jeffrey Bernier, Delta Air Lines’ managing director, Pacific sales and affairs. “Our new service to Honolulu and our proposed flight to Palau underscores our commitment to providing more travel options to our customers in Japan.”
The airline will begin new daily service between Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO) and Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on December 22, subject to government approval. It will operate the flight with 216-seat Boeing 767-300ERs configured with 35 BusinessElite seats and 181 seats in Economy.
“Delta’s new service provides more travel opportunities to our customers in the Chubu region,” says Bernier. “Delta continues to be committed to the Chubu market and we will continue to work with Nagoya Centrair International Airport, local government, businesses and industry partners to offer a broader portfolio to better meet the needs of the local market.”
The carrier’s service between Nagoya and Honolulu will see the outbound flight from Nagoya, DL612, departing NGO at 7:50 p.m. and arriving at HNL at 8:05 a.m. the same day (all times are local). The return flight, DL611, is timed to leave HNL at 10:40 a.m. to reach NGO at 4:20 p.m. the next day, local time.
Delta already operates flights from Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport to Detroit, Guam, Saipan and Manila, as well as connecting flights to 10 U.S. gateways via Tokyo Narita Airport.
The airline also has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting permission to start new non-stop service between its hub at Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) and Roman Tmetuchl International Airport (ROR) on the island of Babeldaob in the Pacific island nation of Palau. The proposed flights would operate four-times weekly beginning in December 2010 and would be the only scheduled nonstop service between Japan and Palau.
“By adding Palau as a new resort destination, Delta will be able to enhance its commitment to the Japan market and broaden our network portfolio to better meet the demands of our customers,” Bernier says.
Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean that lies 500 miles (800 km) east of the Philippines and 2,000 miles (3,200 km) south of Tokyo, is a popular scuba diving destination. In addition to divers, the island has been attracting tourists interested in its well-preserved natural environment. Nearly 30,000 Japanese tourists visit Palau each year.
Delta claims to have the biggest presence in the Japan market of any U.S. airline. It operates nonstop flights from its Asian gateway at the Tokyo-Narita Airport to nine U.S. mainland gateways, three beach resorts (Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan) and nine destinations in Asia. Delta also operates daily flights from Osaka’s Kansai International Airport and Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair Airport.
Delta also plans to begin operating nonstop service between Haneda Airport (HND) in central Tokyo and Detroit and Los Angeles, pending final approval by the U.S. DOT.