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Toyota supports American Airlines’ bid for DFW-Tokyo Haneda route


American Airlines got a little boost from a Japanese friend for the carrier’s application to operate a flight between Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

Toyota’s executive vice president for North America, Osamu Nagata, filed a letter of support for American’s application with the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday. The Japanese automaker is currently building a new headquarters facility in Plano that will employ 4,000 workers involved in its North America sales, engineering and finance operations.

“The Dallas/Fort Worth area is home to many Japanese businesses and the region enjoys strong cultural ties that underscore the new for American’s service to Haneda,” Nagata wrote in the letter. “I urge you to approve American’s application.”

American applied for the new DFW route in April as part of its request to change its night-time slots for its current Los Angeles-Tokyo Haneda route to daytime slots.

The DOT has five daytime slots between the U.S. and Tokyo’s Haneda airport to award to U.S. carriers. A decision on the routes is expected later this summer.

American proposed using a Boeing 777-200 aircraft that would depart DFW at 10:55 a.m. and arrive at Tokyo Haneda at 3:30 p.m. the next day. The return flight would leave at 6:55 p.m. and arrive at DFW at 3:35 p.m.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk