Delta axes San Francisco-Tokyo on weak yen

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Delta Air Lines plans to end its long-standing nonstop flight between San Francisco and Tokyo Narita from 30 March 2014.

The last westbound flight will depart San Francisco on 28 March 2014 and the last eastbound flight will depart Tokyo on 30 March 2014, the Atlanta-based SkyTeam alliance carrier says. It operates the flights on a 214-seat Boeing 767-300ER, Innovata schedules show.

Delta cites the "unstable revenue environment caused by [Japanese] yen devaluation" for the move.

The weak yen resulted in a one-percentage point decrease in passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) for Delta in September, and the airline has reported similar impacts during the past few months.

The carrier reported a 5.5% increase in PRASM in September compared to a year earlier.

San Francisco-Tokyo is not the only casualty of the weak yen. Delta will end its nonstop between Seattle and Osaka Kansai on 3 November and has spoken about shifting more of its capacity to fly directly into other countries in Asia-Pacific rather than stopping at Tokyo Narita.

The carrier has announced new nonstop service between Seattle and both Hong Kong and Seoul Incheon from June 2014. It currently serves both cities over Tokyo.

Delta has flown between San Francisco and Tokyo since it merged with Northwest Airlines in 2008, with Northwest flying it for a number of years before that.

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan Airlines (JAL) and United Airlines continue to fly between San Francisco and Tokyo Narita.