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United expands to Tokyo Haneda

United plans to launch nonstop service from San Francisco to Tokyo Haneda Airport in October.
United plans to launch nonstop service from San Francisco to Tokyo Haneda Airport in October.
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United Airlines announced on Monday that it will be adding Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to its route network later this year. Pending government approval, the Chicago-based airline will start daily nonstop service from San Francisco International Airport to Tokyo’s second airport on Oct. 26.

"We are excited about adding Haneda Airport to our global route network," said Jim Compton, United's vice chairman and chief revenue officer in a statement. "By providing nonstop service from our San Francisco hub to both Tokyo airports, we will maximize choice and convenience for customers traveling from across the Americas to Tokyo, and to points beyond on our joint-venture partner ANA."

United is the largest carrier at San Francisco International Airport, with over 300 daily flights to more than 90 destinations in the United States and around the world. Once inaugurated, Haneda will be the 10th trans-Pacific destination United serves nonstop from SFO.

United will operate the route utilizing its 269-seat Boeing 777 aircraft. The 777 will be in a three-class configuration, with eight seats in United Global First, 40 in United BusinessFirst and 221 in United Economy, including 104 United Economy Plus extra-legroom seats. Both Global First and BusinessFirst feature flat-bed seats. A personal on-demand entertainment system will be available to all passengers.

The outbound flight (UA 875) will depart SFO at 6:35 p.m. and arrives at Haneda at 10:05 p.m. the following day. The return flight (UA 876) will depart at 12:05 a.m. and arrives at 5:15 p.m. the previous day. Flying times will be approximately 11 hours, 30 minutes westbound and 9 hours, 10 minutes eastbound. The flight schedules enable customers to use convenient public transportation between Haneda Airport and central Tokyo and Yokohama. The SFO arrival and departure times will be one hour earlier once daylight saving time ends on Nov. 2.

United passengers traveling on the new Haneda flights will be able to make one-stop connections at SFO to and from 28 cities throughout North America and beyond. With ANA's extensive network at Haneda, passengers will be able to connect to other international destinations.

United currently operates a twice-daily service from SFO to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. Once the new Haneda service begins, the airline will move to a once-daily SFO-Narita service.

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