DALLAS ( TheStreet) -- American Airlines ( AMR) said it will begin flights between New York's Kennedy Airport and Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Friday.

Haneda service by U.S. carriers was approved in an October treaty agreement. American will use a Boeing 777 seating 247 passengers on the flight, and will code share with partner Japan Airlines. The first return flight will take place on Feb. 20.

While Tokyo Narita is the most important airport in Asia because of its vast array of connecting flights, Haneda has the advantage of being located 30 minutes from downtown Tokyo. About 70 million passengers use the airport annually.

Delta ( DAL - Get Report), which was also awarded Haneda flights, will begin service on Saturday from Detroit and Los Angeles, while Hawaiian ( HA - Get Report) began Honolulu - Haneda service in November.

American currently serves Narita from Kennedy, Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas. A Miami flight is also under consideration. Partner JAL flies from Narita to Chicago, Honolulu and from Haneda to Honolulu and San Francisco.

"New York and Tokyo are the economic engines of the U.S. and Japan, and the principal network gateways of American and Japan Airlines," said Virasb Vahidi, American's Chief Commercial Officer, in a prepared statement.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Miami.

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