United requests Delta’s Detroit-Haneda slots

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United Airlines has requested that the US Department of Transportation award it Delta Air Lines' Detroit to Tokyo Haneda slots, following the SkyTeam carrier's request to shift the US gateway on the route to Seattle.

The Chicago-based airline would launch daily service between San Francisco and Haneda within 90-days of the slots being reallocated, according to a filing with the DOT today.

"Delta has failed to deliver on the commitments in its Haneda service proposal over the last two years, and granting its request to now move one of its US gateways from Detroit to Seattle would further perpetuate the inefficient use of these scarce, highly valuable Haneda slots," says United in the filing.

Delta requested the change in its US gateway for the route in a filing with the DOT on 31 July. It also operates a daily flight between Los Angeles and Haneda.

The Atlanta-based carrier was awarded the slots for both the Detroit and Los Angeles services in 2010, as part of a highly competitive auction. United's request for San Francisco was denied.