TOKYO -- ANA has launched daily flights from New York and Chicago to Tokyo's Haneda Airport.

The new routes join ANA's existing Haneda flights from Los Angeles, Vancouver and Honolulu, in addition to flights to Tokyo's Narita Airport from nine other U.S. cities.

In an interview, ANA executive vice president Yutaka Ito highlighted the convenience of flying into Haneda over the more remote Narita, saying that travelers flying into Haneda can be in downtown Tokyo in less than 30 minutes.  

He also spoke to the advantage of enabling ANA passengers to make connecting flights directly from Haneda to the airline's wide domestic network.

Noting the Japanese government's recent goal of doubling annual visitors to 40 million by 2020, Ito emphasized the importance of the U.S. market and that ANA sees the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo as a way to promote its brand.

The Haneda flights from Chicago and New York are operated on the Boeing 777-300ER, featuring a business class with staggered lie-flat seats.  

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