9/10/2010

When Tokyo's close-in Haneda Airport opens its runways to international flights next month, three hand-picked U.S. carriers will be among the beneficiaries -- though poor time slots will put them at a distinct disadvantage to Japan Airlines and ANA. U.S. carriers were restricted to takeoff and landing slots between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., times that are unpopular with business travelers and inconvenient for connections. Still, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Hawaiian Airlines are being careful not to criticize Japanese policies after lobbying for years to win the coveted slots. "We'd like better times in the future," says an American executive, noting that current slots are "not optimal."

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