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Taking off for Tokyo: American Airlines welcomes tentative approval to start nonstop service from New York

American Airlines welcomes tentative approval from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to begin nonstop service between New York (JFK) and Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND).

American will be the only U.S. carrier operating service between JFK and Tokyo, complementing the existing service operated by its joint business partner Japan Airlines.

Robert Isom, American’s CEO said, “American looks forward to beginning nonstop service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport from JFK.

“We are grateful to the DOT and thankful to our partner Japan Airlines for supporting our application.

“Together, we are well-positioned to offer customers a comprehensive network between two of the most robust economies in the world.

“This new service will add nearly 200,000 additional round-trip seats annually between the U.S. and Japan, offering customers more ways to conduct business in the global marketplace or connect with family and friends.”

American plans to begin nonstop service to HND in the coming months. The new JFK–HND service will be American’s fourth daily nonstop flight to HND, joining existing daily service from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and two daily flights from Los Angeles (LAX).

Molly Wilkinson, American’s Vice President of Regulatory and International Government Affairs said, “American thanks the DOT for tentatively approving our application to operate the only nonstop U.S. carrier service between JFK and Haneda Airport,” .

“We appreciate the strong bipartisan support from elected officials in New York, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Schumer, U.S. Congressman Meeks, U.S. House Democratic Leader Jeffries, U.S. Congressman LaLota, U.S. Congressman D’Esposito, New York City Mayor Adams, Governor Hochul, New York State Assembly Speaker Heastie, New York State Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, and Queens Borough President Richards throughout the application process.”

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