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Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to provide daily nonstop service from the airline's hub at
San Francisco International Airport to Haneda Airport in downtown
Tokyo. United applied for the Haneda Airport slot pair used by American Airlines for
New York/JFK-Haneda service, which the carrier announced on
Oct. 16, 2013, it will terminate.
United proposes to begin the new service from
San Francisco in the summer of 2014, using existing aircraft in its fleet, subject to government approval.
"With these slots, United will be able to provide convenient daily nonstop flights between our trans-Pacific gateway in
San Francisco and the close-in Tokyo Haneda airport," said
Jim Mueller, United's vice president of Atlantic and Pacific sales. "In addition to giving customers direct access between
San Francisco and Haneda, the service will also offer connecting opportunities at the
San Francisco hub from cities across United's route network."
San Francisco, United and the United Express carriers operate more than 300 daily flights to more than 90 cities in
Europe. With nonstop service from
San Francisco to
Sydney and Tokyo Narita, and beginning next year to
Chengdu (subject to government approval), United's
San Francisco hub serves more destinations across the Pacific with more nonstop flights from
the United States than any other airline, and nearly twice as many as any other airline from the U.S. West Coast. United also operates daily nonstop flights to Tokyo Narita from
The proposed San Francisco-Haneda flights will complement United's daily San Francisco-Tokyo Narita service, which will continue to operate and offer alternative time-of-day departures and arrivals, as well as options for passengers who prefer to travel to Tokyo Narita or are making connections there.