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United launches Haneda-Guam route

Updated: May 9


United Airlines held celebratory events for passengers at the gates in Tokyo and Guam during the inaugural flight between the two locations. Photo courtesy of United

By Pacific Island Times News Staff


United Airlines has launched the Tokyo/Haneda-Guam route, providing daily non-stop service and offering more options for Japanese customers traveling to the territory.


Kenichi Kiriyama, director of sales for Japan and Micronesia at United, described the new route as a game-changer for travelers from Japan as it provides an easier and more convenient commute to the airport for our Guam flight.


"Customers can complete a full day at work and then travel to the Haneda airport, only 13 minutes away by train to check in for their overnight flight to Guam. They will wake up in paradise ready to begin their vacation," Kiriyama said following the service launch on May 1.


United instituted the new route after receiving approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation in February, taking over the slot surrendered by Hawaiian Airlines on April 2.


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The federal agency has granted United one daily nighttime slot, boosting the visitor industry’s efforts to resuscitate the stagnant Japanese market.


According to United's announcement this week, the new service departs Guam at 7:05 p.m. and arrives in Tokyo/Haneda at 10 p.m. the same day. The return flight from Tokyo/Haneda to Guam departs at 11:55 p.m. and arrives on Guam at 4:45 a.m. the following morning. United operates the flight with a 737-800 with 166 seats, 16 of which are in business class. 


"From Tokyo/Haneda, customers will also benefit from 30-plus connections to destinations across Japan with United’s Star Alliance partner, ANA," United said.

"United now offers direct services to Guam from five airports in Japan – Tokyo/Haneda, Tokyo/Narita, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Nagoya."


Tokyo/Haneda (HND) – Guam (GUM)

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

Frequency

Aircraft

UA849

GUM

HND

7:05 PM

10:00 PM

Daily

Boeing 737-800

UA848

HND

GUM

11:55 PM

4:45 AM

Daily

Boeing 737-800


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Sam Shinohara, managing director for United's Asia-Pacific airport operations, noted that the Tokyo/Haneda-Guam flights will operate year-round and will create a more direct link to what is considered the most convenient airport in Tokyo.


“The new Tokyo/Haneda-Guam route is beneficial to customers in both directions. Aside from a convenient travel option for Tokyo residents, Guam customers can access downtown Tokyo and area attractions with greater convenience,” Shinohara said. 


With the new service, United will operate six daily flights from Tokyo/Haneda, with services to New York/Newark, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and now Guam.


United also operates up to 10 daily flights to Tokyo's Narita airport, with services to New York/Newark, Houston, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Guam and Saipan. United offers more seats from the United States to Tokyo than any other U.S. airline. 


“Our United team worked diligently to secure this route. Japan is an important tourism market for Guam, and the new daily flight from Tokyo/Haneda will provide added service from Japan’s largest city," Shinohara said.


"As Guam’s hometown airline for more than 55 years, United offers more than 87 weekly flights to 14 destinations and is the only airline today flying between Guam and Osaka, Fukuoka and Nagoya in Japan, islands in the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau," he added.



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