Delta to Retain Seattle-Haneda Route with Proviso, American Selected as Back-Up

By Paul Riegler on 28 March 2015
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A Delta plane in Seattle

A Delta plane in Seattle

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Friday that Delta Air Lines would retain the slot pair that allows it to fly between Seattle and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, with the stipulation that the airline fly the route on a daily basis.

The agency also selected American Airlines as a back-up should Delta fail to provide the service as set forth  in its order.  American would use the route authority to provide service from Los Angeles to Haneda.

The DOT said that “any failure by Delta (absent DOT authorization) to operate any Seattle-Haneda flight, year-round, in either direction would constitute a violation of its authority,” adding that any failure by the Atlanta-based carrier to “perform Seattle-Haneda service on two days of any seven-day period would mean the immediate loss” of the airline’s authority.

In October, American asked the agency to withdraw Delta’s Seattle-Haneda route authority because the airline was not operating a full schedule of flights on that route.  Delta “would operate the service for approximately only one week every 90 days between October 2014 and late March 2015,” the DOT said in a statement.

Delta told the agency that it planned to operate daily service from Seattle to Haneda from Sunday, March 29 onward.

Hawaiian Airlines had at the time proposed that it take over the slot pair in order to provider non-stop service from Kona, Hawaii to Haneda.

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