Today, November 5, 2019, Hawaiian time, Hawaiian Airlines has announced that ticket sales for its upcoming, third daily rotation between Hawaii and Tokyo Haneda were opened.
The new flights are being introduced thanks to the Japanese government expanding the availability of daytime slots at the busy Tokyo airport.
HA863/864: Honolulu – Tokyo Haneda and Back
The third daily rotation will operate daily, starting on March 28, 2020 in the westbound, and on March 29, 2020, in the eastbound direction. The flights will operate between Honolulu (HNL) and Tokyo Haneda (HND) with the following schedule:
- HA863 / HNL – HND / 12:35PM – 5:15PM+1
- HA864 / HND – HNL / 8:15PM – 8:10AM
Once the new flights are in service, Hawaiian Airlines will be serving Tokyo Haneda airport three times a day. It will operate flights from Honolulu 18 times a week and flights from Kona three times a week.
When launching sales for the new flight, Theo Panagiotoulias, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Alliances at Hawaiian Airlines, commented that:
As the leading U.S. carrier for service between Japan and Hawaii, we are pleased to offer our guests convenient and effortless travel options by adding a third daily flight between Tokyo Haneda and Hawaii.
Hawaiian Airlines also serves Narita, Tokyo’s other airport, with daily flights from Honolulu.
The new daytime rotation to Haneda, just like all other Hawaiian Airlines flights to Japan, will be operated by Airbus A330-200 aircraft 18 passengers in business and 260 passengers in economy class.
With as many as 2,300 passengers traveling between Honolulu and Tokyo per day each way, it’s the busiest city pair between Japan and the United States.
Besides Hawaiian Airlines, it’s served by both ANA and JAL, as well as by Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Korean Air. It’s worth noting that ANA acquired its A380 aircraft to use them exclusively on the Tokyo Narita – Honolulu route.
As for Hawaiian Airlines other destinations in Japan, it currently connects Honolulu with Osaka Kansai daily and Sapporo New Chitose three times a week. On November 26, 2019, it will also restart flights to Fukuoka. Those will operate four times a week.
With Honolulu being one of the largest international markets out of Tokyo when excluding destinations within Asia, there’s little doubt that Hawaiian Airlines will be able to fill the new flights. In fact, the airline originally applied for two slot pairs to Tokyo Haneda with the Department of Transportation of which it was granted one.
Combined with the fact that Hawaiian Airlines was the first US airline to serve Tokyo Haneda after the airport started (re)opening up to international flights back in 2010, it is great to the airline succeeding with the route and further expanding it.
That said, with ANA now using the A380s on its Narita – Honolulu flights and with this new additional frequency by Hawaiian Airlines, I wonder how much more supply the route can accommodate, as well as how much effect the increased supply will have on ticket prices between the two cities.