American Will Fly Boeing 777-300ER To Tokyo Haneda

Well this is interesting. American’s “flagship” aircraft is the Boeing 777-300ER. American only has 20 of these planes in their fleet, and as of now they fly them on select routes to Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, London, and Sao Paulo.


American Airlines 777-300ER

These are by far American’s most premium configured aircraft, as they each feature eight first class seats (aside from their transcon A321s, it’s American’s only plane with a three cabin first class product), as well as 52 business class seats.


American’s 777-300ER first class

American has historically used these on their most premium routes, which makes sense.

As originally shared by the always knowledgable JonNYC and now confirmed by American, it looks like a new route will be getting a 777-300ER next summer.

American will fly their 777-300ERs on their Los Angeles to Tokyo Haneda route between June 6 and October 26, 2019.

That route is operated with the following schedule:

AA27 Los Angeles to Tokyo Haneda departing 10:50AM arriving 2:25PM (+1 day)
AA26 Tokyo Haneda to Los Angeles departing 4:25PM arriving 10:35AM

I imagine there’s a chance the route will be extended beyond that, though that’s all that has been published as of now. American hasn’t yet officially updated the aircraft type for the route, though they’ve confirmed their intentions to me.

This will be the first time that American is offering regularly scheduled 777-300ER service to Tokyo, and it’s also the first time that they’re offering first class to Tokyo since they reconfigured all of their 777-200 aircraft to remove first class.

American Airlines has a joint venture with Japan Airlines on transpacific flights, and Japan Airlines also offers daily flights from Los Angeles to both Tokyo Narita and Osaka.

So it’s logical that American would upgrade the Tokyo Haneda route, since JAL doesn’t operate that exact flight. I’ll be curious to see if JAL downgrades either of their routes as a result of this.

How much of a capacity increase does this represent for American?

  • The 777-300ER has eight first class seats, the 787-9 has zero (an increase of eight)
  • The 777-300ER has 52 business class seats, the 787-9 has 30 (an increase of 22 seats)
  • The 777-300ER has 28 premium economy seats, the 787-9 has 21 (an increase of seven seats)
  • The 777-300ER has 188 economy seats, the 787-9 has 198 (a decrease of 10 seats)


American’s 777-300ER business class

As you can see, we’re seeing a mild reduction in economy seats, but a significant increase in premium seats.

American Airlines first class passengers and oneworld Emeralds can use Japan Airlines’ excellent first class lounge at Tokyo Haneda.


Japan Airlines’ first class lounge Tokyo Haneda

American has told me that they’ll seasonally be taking the 777-300ER off the Miami to Buenos Aires route. They’ll continue to offer twice daily flights, but with a smaller aircraft. Then for the peak season the route is expected to be upgraded to a 777-300ER again.

What do you make of American adding 777-300ER flights between Los Angeles and Tokyo?

Comments

  1. Are they pulling it off another route, like Buenos Aires? The economy there is doing pretty badly lately, so I could see premium demand shrinking.

  2. American does not fly the 777-300ER to Sydney. They did when they launched LAX-SYD but have since changed the equipment on the route to the 787-9.

  3. Thanks for the tip!

    When is the peak season for Buenos Aires ? Do we know the dates that the 77W will return to the route?

    I was thinking of spending next thanksgiving there.

  4. Shame, I much prefer the 787-9 for both comfort(arrive more fresh) and their reliability compared to AA 77Ws which have left me stranded and delayed multiple times.

  5. On the one hand, JL flights to HND are often packed — at least up front — because it’s soooo much more convenient than NRT. On the other hand, if given the option of flying JL to NRT or AA to HND I’m not sure which… actually, no. I’d absolute fly any flight on JL over AA. I honestly don’t understand what JL gets out of the jv, so maybe someone can explain that to me.

  6. @andy Just a guess, but JAL get’s to offer a massive intra-american route network for their passengers? Just a small benefit of the JV…

  7. Only non revs would take this flight anyways. Too much competition for AA on this route and they’re not exactly competitive.

  8. @Dan – AA already has an industry leading J class cabin to/from NRT and HND on their 772’s and 787s, so has nothing to do with crappy DL!

  9. @Jordan

    Industry leading? What industry are we talking about?

    Even if we’re only talking bottom of the barrel American 3, they’re still the worst option IMO

  10. Just paining to see how Mr DP is turning American into American West aka US. On the other hand, DL and UA will be very happy to see the premium traffic coming their way. Just wondering how long JV partners like JL and BA are going to accept the decline. I think this may well have been a push by JL… I do admit that the AA 77W has a very good premium hard product and BA itself is need to upgrade theirs, but still.
    I admit this comment includes a reaction to the MAX flying to BSB and VVI.

  11. @EthFlyer 3 yrs ago when American still had the 777-200s with the old flagship first suites on the LAX NRT route I would agree only non revs would fly first. Hard to think anyone would have paid full fare first class on such an old plane in 2016. That was also before American flew to Haneda The 77W is much nicer. Different times. There’s potential here.

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