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Delta Launches New Nonstop Flights Between Honolulu and Tokyo Haneda

The Atlanta-based carrier will offer flights between Honolulu and Tokyo for the first time on October 29

by Rachel Dube

August 31, 2023

Photo: Honolulu, Hawaii. Courtesy of Cosmin Serban / Unsplash

Delta Air Lines is launching a nonstop daily service between Honolulu International Airport and Tokyo Haneda International Airport. 

The new route will begin service on October 29, and it will be the first time that Delta has service between Haneda and Honolulu. Previously, the airline only operated a route from Honolulu to Tokyo’s larger airport, Narita. 

Photo: Delta, Boeing 767-300ER. Courtesy of Delta Air Lines

With the start of the pandemic, all the airline’s Tokyo operations were moved to Haneda, and this particular route was delayed during that time. The addition of this route will be the seventh route from Delta’s hubs to Haneda. 

“As travel demand gradually recovers in Japan, we decided to add the new Honolulu service to our HND network,” said Victor Osumi, Managing Director and President of Japan for Delta. “Our commitment to both markets remains strong. Customers will enjoy more options and destinations from Haneda, with Delta’s unparalleled premium experience on the ground and in the air.” 

Photo: Tokyo Haneda Airport. Courtesy of Taiki Ishikawa / Unsplash

Delta will operate a Boeing 767-300ER for this route, which has Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+, and Main Cabin options for passengers. While most of the onboard features and amenities are the same, the airline has partnered with Chef Norio Ueno to create a Japanese menu for flights to Japan. 

China Expansion 

With the increased travel to Asia, the Atlanta-based carrier has also added more flights to China for the winter season. This follows an agreement between the U.S. and Chinese governments to increase flight capacity. 

Beginning on October 29, Delta will begin operating daily flights between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PDG). 

Nanjiing road in Downtown of Shanghai / Photo: joyfull/Shutterstock

The airline is also launching an additional weekly flight to Shanghai from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) on the same day. 

Furthermore, Delta also confirmed that it will resume its service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Shanghai in March 2024. 

“As demand continues to increase and the busy travel season to the Asia-Pacific region commences, the Delta team is ready to welcome even more travelers to the region this winter, providing our award-winning customer service on every journey,” said Jeoff Moomaw, Vice President of Asia Pacific for Delta.

All of these Asia-Pacific region flights are to capitalize on the rise of travel to Asia, which has been steadily increasing to its pre-pandemic levels. 

However, flights between the U.S. and Asia will continue to be affected by the need for all American aircraft carriers to steer clear of Russian airspace. The rerouting requires ultra-long-range aircraft and fuel stops, which requires extra planning. 

Sky Club Developments

Delta opened its fifth and final Sky Club of the year this month in Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal A. They also opened lounges in Boston and New York’s JFK Terminal 4 earlier in the summer. 

Photo: Delta Sky Club, Newark Airport Terminal A. Courtesy of Delta

The airline has opened five Sky Clubs and expanded existing ones in Minneapolis and Fort Lauderdale this year. Delta also opened its first club at Kansas City International Airport and plans to reveal renovations in Miami and Atlanta this upcoming fall/winter season.