Hawaiian Airlines today joined a possible three-way competition for one of four coveted slot-pairs at Tokyo-Haneda airport reserved for US carriers.
Hawaiian submitted an application to the US Department of Transportation to provide daily service from Tokyo-Haneda to Kona after 1 April.
The slot pair has become available since American Airlines decided to end service from New York’s John F. Kennedy airport on 1 December.
United Airlines has already applied to fill the slot-pair with a daily route from San Francisco. Delta Air Lines is also expected to compete for the landing rights.
Hawaiian will operate the route using a 276-seat Airbus A330-200 scheduled for delivery in early 2014, the carrier says in the application.
The route could be upgraded to an A350-800 when the type is delivered to Hawaiian in 2015.
Hawaiian already operates an A330-200 daily between Tokyo-Haneda and Honolulu.
Meanwhile, Delta operates two flights to Los Angeles and Seattle.
American announced it was suspending service to Tokyo-Haneda due to Japan’s “severely” restricted slot times for US airlines.