HONOLULU – March 14, 2013 - Taking advantage of an earlier-than-expected delivery of the second of five new Airbus A330 aircraft joining its fleet this year, Hawaiian Airlines has accelerated its plans to increase seat capacity in service between Honolulu and Portland, Oregon by three weeks to start April 20. 

The transition from Hawaiian’s 264-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft to its 294-seat A330 will add nearly 11,000 new air seats to the route annually.  It will also increase Hawaiian’s cargo capacity on the route by 25 percent.

Hawaiian is the only carrier serving Hawai‘i from the U.S. mainland with wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft for all of its flights.  In addition, Hawaiian’s A330 aircraft feature in-seat touch screen entertainment systems offing a wide selection of on-demand video and audio options for every passenger.

“Customers prefer the comfort of a wide-body aircraft,” said Peter Ingram, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “The interior of our A330s, with two wide aisles and in-seat entertainment throughout the aircraft, further distinguishes the travel experience on Hawaiian from that of our mainland competitors flying smaller aircraft.”

Adding to the enjoyment of the travel experience on Hawaiian Airlines is its signature Mea Ho‘okipa (translation: I am host) onboard hospitality program, which offers complimentary island-style meals and made-in-Hawai‘i snacks in an atmosphere evoking the culture, people and Aloha Spirit of its island home.

Hawaiian’s Flight HA 25 departs Portland International Airport daily at 10:05 a.m. and arrives at Honolulu International Airport at 1:00 p.m. The return flight HA 26 departs Honolulu at 2:35 p.m. and arrives in Portland at 11:05 p.m.

Pacific Northwest travelers can also take advantage of convenient connections in Honolulu to Hawaiian’s new services to Australia and New Zealand, or combine destinations with free stop-overs in Hawaii.  Hawaiian now offers daily nonstop A330 service between Honolulu and Sydney, and wide-body B767 flights three days per week between Honolulu and Brisbane, Australia.  On March 13, the airline will launch nonstop A330 service three days per week between Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, becoming the only U.S. carrier to serve the route.

Tickets for any of Hawaiian’s flights can be purchased online at HawaiianAirlines.com, by calling Hawaiian’s reservations department toll-free at 1-800-367-5320 or through any professional travel agent.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past nine years (2004-2012) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.

Now in its 84th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, and Tahiti. New nonstop service will begin between Honolulu and Taipei, Taiwan on July 9, 2013. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and its special fare offers (@HawaiianFares), and become a fan on its Facebook page (Hawaiian Airlines).

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