Delta is back at it in Japan. After doing their best to lose Northwest’s brand position in Japan, playing games with Seattle-Haneda, threatening politicians in Minneapolis, in response to the new US-Japan agreement for 10 daytime and 2 nighttime slots to be split among US and Japan carriers, Delta has responded today by applying for 3 of 5 US daytime slots to operate service out of Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Atlanta. Will they fly each of these once a month, too?
I get it that Tokyo-Narita is far from Tokyo city, that Japan is no longer the dominant Asian economy, and costs there are high, yet I love connecting there and wish US carriers weren’t falling over themselves to dump this smooth hub in favor of US airports. The old Northwest Tokyo hub sent out numerous US flights direct to major markets, avoiding the US port of first entry hassle for connecting US passengers.
As for the hardball political games over Haneda, I am not the expert, so I am getting my popcorn and ready for the show. Update: Wandering Aramean has published a detailed analysis and his predictions. Newark- Haneda would be great!
Readers, peer into your crystal ball, how will the Haneda slots play out?