Delta’s Boeing 767-300ERs will take on All Nippon Airways (ANA) & Japan Airlines as the American carrier announced new services between Honolulu and Haneda. Will the airline be able to compete?
According to the airline’s press release, this is the first time they have offered a service between Haneda and Honolulu after all Tokyo operations were moved from Narita in March 2020, the start of which was delayed due to the pandemic.
The schedule for the operations is as follows:
|DL180||Haneda at 9:00 p.m.||Honolulu at 8:55 a.m. (same day)||Daily||B767-300ER|
|DL181||Honolulu at 2:00 p.m.||Haneda at 6:45 p.m. (next day)||Daily||B767-300ER|
Delta’s 767s Will Fly to Haneda from Honolulu: ANA’s A380s & JAL’s 787s to Narita…
Commenting on this new route between Haneda and Honolulu was Victor Osumi, Delta‘s Managing Director and President for Japan:
“As travel demand gradually recovers in Japan, we decided to add the new Honolulu service to our HND network”.
“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.”
One question to ask from this is which airline is cheaper out of Delta, ANA & JAL in terms of that Honolulu-Tokyo service?
Both JAL & ANA operate from neighbouring Narita, with obviously the American carrier looking to do Haneda instead.
How Do The Three Carriers Compare in Price?
We used November 1, 2023-November 4, 2023 as an example for this for one passenger in Economy. The pricing is as follows:
For Japan Airlines, the cheapest fare on offer for that service comes through at 147,510 JPY return, which converted into USD is around $1010.29.
For ANA, their lowest fares come in at 138,018.59 JPY, which converted into USD is around $945 return for the same dates.
Delta Air Lines actually comes in the most expensive for the basic economy fare between Haneda and Honolulu, with this being a whopping 554,200 JPY, which converted into USD is $3796.24 return for the same dates.
What Does This Show Us?
As it stands, Delta Air Lines does come out of the most expensive for the Tokyo-Honolulu route, with many potentially opting for JAL & ANA still, as they provide the cheapest fares.
It is key to note that obviously November 1-4 is not far away in terms of the pricing, but the disparity between Japan’s two largest carriers and new entrant Delta Air Lines is major, with ANA being the cheapest on price for this.
From an enthusiast’s point of view, it would therefore be cheaper to fly on the ANA A380 or JAL 787 than it would the Delta 767.
Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see if there is a form of pricing war that goes on throughout the rest of the year going into the next. All eyes will no doubt be on this moving forward.
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