Hawaiian Airlines will join in the competition for a single frequency at Tokyo Haneda International airport for its proposed nonstop to Kona.
The Honolulu-based carrier wants to operate a daily flight between Haneda and Kona on a 294-seat Airbus A330-200, it says today. An application will be submitted to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) on 24 October.
“Kona is Hawaii's second-largest destination market for Japanese visitors, and daily non-stop service from Tokyo would generate a substantial amount of foreign spending that will invigorate the local, state and national economies,” says Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive of Hawaiian, in a statement.
The airline joins United Airlines in seeking the frequency, which American Airlines will be return to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) when it ends its Haneda-New York John F. Kennedy flight in December.
United is applying for the frequency for a Haneda-San Francisco nonstop that it would begin in the third quarter of 2014.
Delta Air Lines is also expected to seek the frequency, which would fit with statements by chief executive Richard Anderson that the airline wants to eventually shift its hub at Tokyo Narita International airport to Haneda.
US carriers are limited to four frequencies to Haneda airport, which is much closer to central Tokyo than Narita International where both Delta and United maintain hubs. Delta has two frequencies for daily flights to Los Angeles and Seattle, and Hawaiian one frequency for service to Honolulu.
Hawaiian previously sought a Haneda frequency for a flight to Kona during a competition for one of Delta's frequencies in 2012.