Delta’s New Tokyo Haneda Flights Now On Sale

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Delta is poised to become the biggest US airline at Tokyo Haneda’s Airport, and they’ve just put all of their new flights on sale (and there’s even a ton of award space, so keep reading!).

Why Delta Is Growing At Tokyo Haneda Airport

Tokyo Haneda is Tokyo’s more convenient airport, though historically it has had very limited slots available for US carriers. Recently the DOT granted an additional 12 slots to US airlines at Haneda.

The DOT sure acted in favor of Delta with these allocations, as Delta got five of the available slots.

Delta was granted flights to Tokyo Haneda from Atlanta, Detroit, Honolulu, Portland, and Seattle. On top of that, the airline already flies from Los Angeles and Minneapolis to Haneda, meaning they’ll have service to Haneda from seven markets.

Interestingly with this development Delta also announced that they’d discontinue flights to Tokyo Narita altogether, meaning they’d completely shift operations to Tokyo Haneda. With this, Delta is the largest US airline at Haneda Airport.

Delta’s New Tokyo Haneda Flights

While we’ve known all along which routes Delta would be operating, the airline has now put all of their Tokyo Haneda flights on sale. As mentioned above, they already flew to Haneda from Los Angeles and Minneapolis, though Delta has still adjusted their schedules on those flights a bit.

So let’s first take a look at the five new routes, and then the two routes that already existed, but on which we’re seeing slight schedule changes:

Delta’s Atlanta To Tokyo Haneda Flight

Delta will be launching daily Boeing 777-200LR flights between Atlanta and Tokyo Haneda as of March 28, 2020, with the following schedule:

DL295 Atlanta to Tokyo departing 11:15AM arriving 2:30PM (+1 day)
DL296 Tokyo to Atlanta departing 4:45PM arriving 4:15PM

Delta’s Detroit To Tokyo Haneda Flight

Delta will be launching daily Airbus A350-900 flights between Detroit and Tokyo Haneda as of March 28, 2020, with the following schedule:

DL275 Detroit to Tokyo departing 12:15PM arriving 2:15PM (+1 day)
DL276 Tokyo to Detroit departing 3:25PM arriving 2:20PM

Delta’s Honolulu To Tokyo Haneda Flight

Delta will be launching daily Boeing 767-300 flights between Honolulu and Tokyo Haneda as of March 28, 2020, with the following schedule:

DL181 Honolulu to Tokyo departing 4:00PM arriving 8:00PM (+1 day)
DL180 Tokyo to Honolulu departing 10:00PM arriving 10:45AM

Delta’s Portland To Tokyo Haneda Flight

Delta will be launching daily Airbus A330-200 flights between Portland and Tokyo Haneda as of March 28, 2020, with the following schedule:

DL69 Portland to Tokyo departing 1:50PM arriving 4:35PM (+1 day)
DL68 Tokyo to Portland departing 6:30PM arriving 11:45AM

Delta’s Seattle To Tokyo Haneda Flight

Delta will be launching daily Airbus A350-900 flights between Seattle and Tokyo Haneda as of March 28, 2020, with the following schedule:

DL167 Seattle to Tokyo departing 11:55AM arriving 2:20PM (+1 day)
DL166 Tokyo to Seattle departing 4:30PM arriving 9:45AM

Delta’s Los Angeles To Tokyo Haneda Flight

Delta will be launching daily Boeing 777-200LR flights between Los Angeles and Tokyo Haneda as of March 28, 2020, with the following schedule:

DL7 Los Angeles to Tokyo departing 10:10AM arriving 1:45PM (+1 day)
DL8 Tokyo to Los Angeles departing 3:45PM arriving 9:45AM

Delta’s Minneapolis To Tokyo Haneda Flight

Delta will be launching daily Airbus A350-900 flights between Minneapolis and Tokyo Haneda as of March 28, 2020, with the following schedule:

DL121 Minneapolis to Tokyo departing 11:20AM arriving 1:35PM (+1 day)
DL120 Tokyo to Minneapolis departing 4:20PM arriving 1:20PM

Delta Award Seats Are Wide Open

Delta isn’t actually adding much capacity to & from Japan, but rather they’re mostly shifting capacity from Narita to Haneda. As a result I’m surprised to see that Delta has tons of saver level business class award availability on these new flights. I can’t imagine it will last.

There’s award availability via Delta SkyMiles, though Delta charges 100,000+ miles for a saver one-way business class ticket. The much better value is to book through Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, where a one-way ticket costs just 60,000 miles with no surcharges.

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Delta Tokyo Haneda Summary

Delta’s new flights to Tokyo Haneda are now on sale, so if you’ve been waiting to book one of these flights, now is your chance. Best of all, there’s even a good amount of award availability on these flights as of now.

Comments
  1. DL gets so much praise for their operational reliability and employee friendliness, but they really have a third-tier route network in my opinion. It’s crazy to me that Delta has no flights to Asia from JFK (and barely any flights to Europe from LAX). I don’t understand their strategy of having almost all their hubs in secondary cities, but I guess it’s working for them.

  2. Unless forced by your employer, why on Earth would you fly Delta when there are so many other Premium Asian carriers: JAL, Cathay, ANA offering far better service ??

  3. @Matt – good observation! Flights from MSP, SEA, LAX & ATL land at HND within 45 minutes of one another – between 1:35pm – 2:20pm. So, DL will have their planes simultaneously occupying 4 gates at HND – I wonder what kind of challenges, if any, that brings for DL at a busy foreign airport.

  4. @John

    Your third-tier route argument is nonsense. Maybe give some examples of your first and second tier routes?

    I don’t see AA or UA having much difference either, both have west coast serving Asia and east coast serving Europe. In terms of hubs in secondary cities, it’s up to definitions. But I would take those hubs coming in over JFK LAX ORD any day. I would say all have their fair share of sizes, except maybe ATL might be a bit too small for O&D.

    I do think Delta somehow got special favors from DOT over these routes, as discussed many times earlier.
    PDX-HND is definitely a joke, even folks at DL are probably laughing.

  5. @Eskimo

    Examples of “primary” routes for UA:
    EWR-HKG
    EWR-EZE
    EWR-DEL
    SFO-SIN
    SFO-TLV
    IAH-SYD

    Examples of “secondary” routes for DL:
    SLC-AMS
    IND-CDG
    PDX-HND

    Just speaking from United’s perspective, from NYC they serve 5 continents, from IAH they serve 5 continents, from SFO they serve 4 continents and I believe from ORD they serve 4 continents. They are in every since a global carrier and have hubs in the most important US markets.

    Delta isn’t really a global carrier. They have a great network to Europe and a decent network to South America. They are laughably uncompetitive in Asia Pacific, as evidenced by their abandonment of HKG.

  6. They also loaded up their new ICN-MNL flights:

    Begins March 30, 2020

    ICN-MNL 7:40pm-10:50pm, DL 197, A330-900neo
    MNL-ICN 10:30am-3:25pm, DL 196, A330-900neo

  7. I totally agree with @john Deltas route map out of JFK sucks they do not fly one planet direct to Asia you have to either connect in Detroit or Atlanta or fly China’s Eastern or Korean (no thanks). This is the one place where United blows both Delta and AA out of the water. They have the best route map out of NYC of any of them and it just keeps getting better. It’s like They treat JFK like it was a secondary city and Detroit and Atlanta like they were JFK and LAX. I find it extremely frustrating and think maybe for my purposes it’s tome to rethink my dedication to them and maybe (shudder) try United again?

  8. For those of you complaining Delta serves nothing in Asia from New York, is Mumbai not in Asia? (Their service is still scheduled to start December.)

  9. I’m not seeing 60,000 miles anytime in April from any of the above cities. Currently pricing at 82,500 miles. Am I missing something?

  10. DL275 Detroit to Tokyo arriving at 2:15PM and departing at 3:25 PM. that seems very short to deplane, clean, cater, refuel and board an A350.

  11. @ddrabk, are you sure they are using the same plane to go back to Detroit? Sometimes a carrier with a service to a destination from multiple hubs will rotate planes through hubs this way.

  12. @John — “Examples of “primary” routes for UA:”

    Just to reinforce your points … SFO serves additional Tier-1 non-stop routes in Asia (beyond SIN), including between — NRT, ICN, TPE, HKG, PEK, PVG, SYD, etc.

  13. @Adam — “I can fly ANA sjc-hnd in business class for 80k miles …”

    Just to clarify — that will be SJC-NRT instead of SJC-HND …

  14. @ Lucky

    By the information I have put together by a bunch of websites, delta used to fly sea-tokyo with the a350 started this march, but then switched to the a330neo for flights later, is it now switching back to the A350? I may need a little clarification on this.

  15. @John

    Your secondary route is all out of, well non international hubs, not JFK or LAX that you are trying to make a point. Nevertheless, didn’t DL also serves CDG AMS from largers hubs, like lol, JFK and LAX!!!!!!!!!

    DL does fly JFK-EZE and will fly JFK-BOM. So, no I don’t think those are second tiers at all. You didn’t take into account that DL already have service from their coastal hubs before flying your so called third tier routes.

    And by the way, NYkers see EWR as 2nd tier too hahahaha.

    AA, DL, UA all have pros and cons in their route, but to call any of them flying their-tier is rubbish.

    @Person

    IAH or LAS lost to PDX over reasons that could also be used against PDX. This is much better for better but not for the overall public. AA also should have requested PHX or PHL or CLT too.

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