Although no cake was on offer in Minneapolis-St. Paul, an ice sculpture had been commissioned for its Tokyo Haneda connection. On 29 October Delta Air Lines moved its daily link to the Japanese capital from Tokyo’s Narita to Haneda Airport. A small presentation highlighting the closer link to Tokyo centre was made before boarding for Haneda commenced. Seen taking part in the presentation are Brian Ryks, Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Executive Director/CEO, and Amy Klobuchar, US Senator representing Minnesota.
- Delta Air Lines launched a connection between Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and Tokyo Haneda (HND) on 29 October, with the 9,600-kilometre link replacing the airline’s existing 9,550-kilometre sector to Tokyo Narita from the US city, an airport pairing which ended the day before according to OAG schedules. This means that for people travelling to Tokyo, the journey to the city centre will be around one hour less than the commute from Narita. The daily 777-200 service remains the only connection between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Tokyo. Despite the loss, Delta still operates 12 routes from Narita, including Atlanta, Detroit, Honolulu, Portland and Seattle-Tacoma in the US. For Haneda, this becomes its second Delta route, with this launch complementing the airline’s existing Los Angeles link.