Japan Airlines launched a daily connection between Tokyo Haneda and Manila on 1 February. Among those at the launch were Kazuko Yashiki, VP Haneda Airport, Japan Airlines (centre right, back row) and Eduardo Meñez, Deputy Chief of Mission, Philippine Embassy to Japan (second right, back row). The carrier will fly the route using 737-800s.
- Japan Airlines launched flights between Tokyo Haneda (HND) and Manila (MNL) on 1 February, with the daily link complementing the carrier’s existing twice-daily connection between Tokyo Narita and Manila. The oneworld member will operate the 2,993-kilometre connection between Haneda and Manila daily using its fleet of 737-800s. Direct competition on the airport pair comes from Philippine Airlines and All Nippon Airways, with the former operating twice-daily using its A321s and A330-300s, while fellow Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways offers a daily rotation flown by its 787-9s. As stated, Japan Airlines already operates a twice-daily connection from Narita to Manila, with that sector also flown by Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air (both twice-daily), along with All Nippon Airways and Jetstar Japan (both daily). Delta Air Lines also provides a daily rotation between Narita and Manila as part of its Honolulu – Narita – Manila service, flown using 767-300s.