Delta Air Lines has filed an application to switch its Detroit to Tokyo-Haneda route authority to one from Seattle with the US Department of Transportation.
The Atlanta-based carrier cites better performance on the US west coast to Haneda flights compared to that on those from the US east coast, improved connections with its codeshare partner Alaska Airlines and a more convenient schedule for consumers as reasons for the switch, in the regulatory filing.
The four US to Haneda slots are highly sought after among US carriers. The DOT awarded Delta the route authorities for Haneda to Detroit and Los Angeles, American Airlines to New York's John F Kennedy airport and Hawaiian Airlines to Honolulu in 2010. Continental Airlines' application for service to Guam and Newark, and United Airlines' application to San Francisco were denied.
Delta operates Detroit to Haneda daily on an Airbus A330-200 as well as once daily service between Los Angeles and Haneda also on an A330-200, according to Flightglobal's Innovata database.
The SkyTeam carrier previously received approval to delay the launch date of its Haneda flights from the DOT.