HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines and Jetstar Group today launched a new interline partnership offering travelers from cities in New Zealand and Japan convenient flight connections to Hawai‘i and the U.S. mainland.
The move enhances Hawaiian Airlines’ already comprehensive network of flights between Japan and Hawaii and underscores the carrier’s increasing commitment to New Zealand by expanding its reach beyond Auckland to eight additional cities.
Jetstar New Zealand’s domestic flights from Wellington, Christchurch, New Plymouth, Dunedin, Palmerston North, Napier, Nelson and Queenstown will now connect in Auckland with Hawaiian Airlines’ non-stop flights to Honolulu.
In Japan, the interline agreement allows Jetstar customers departing from Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Takamatsu, Okinawa and Kumamoto to connect on Hawaiian’s non-stop flights to Hawai‘i from Tokyo, Sapporo or Osaka.
“We are thrilled to make our authentic brand of warm Hawaiian hospitality accessible to more New Zealand and Japanese travelers,” said Peter Ingram, executive vice president and chief commercial officer for Hawaiian Airlines.
Jetstar’s Chief Commercial Officer Catriona Larritt said the agreement takes advantage of Jetstar’s growing networks in New Zealand and Japan.
“The new partnership will make it easier for American visitors to explore our network of destinations in Japan and New Zealand, as well as offering travelers from both countries more options for travel to Hawai‘i,” Larritt said.
The Jetstar partnership comes as Hawaiian Airlines prepares to increase its New Zealand operations from three to five non-stop weekly flights between Auckland and Honolulu. The increased frequency, starting March 21, responds to strong demand for the singular in-flight hospitality experienced by more than 260,000 Hawaiian Airlines passengers since service began in 2013.
“New Zealanders have been fast to discover Hawaiian Airlines as the ideal option for flights both to Hawai‘i and further to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York, or any of the 11 U.S. North America cities we serve,” said Russell Williss, New Zealand country director for Hawaiian Airlines. “In addition to superior service and comfort, our guests are able to enjoy the convenience of a free stopover in Hawai‘i before connecting to North America or on the return to New Zealand.”
Hawaiian Airlines recently announced its 12th U.S. mainland destination – Long Beach – with daily flights from Honolulu aboard new Airbus A321neo aircraft commencing May 31.
Hawaiian operates spacious wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft featuring Premium Cabin lie-flat seating and expanded Extra Comfort premium economy on flights from New Zealand and Japan to Hawaii. Guests also enjoy island-inspired meals prepared by top Hawaii chefs.
Travelers throughout New Zealand and Japan may book Jetstar/Hawaiian Airlines streamlined flight combinations via Hawaiian Airlines reservations at 099772211 in New Zealand, 0570-018-011 in Japan, or via preferred local travel agents.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 13 years (2004-2016) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.
Now in its 89th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 250 daily flights system-wide.
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About Jetstar Airways New Zealand
Launched in New Zealand in 2005, Jetstar operates over 200 weekly return domestic flights in the New Zealand domestic market between Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington, Queenstown, Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth and Palmerston North.
The airline also operates more than 50 weekly international return services between Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast in Australia and Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown in New Zealand.
A fleet of 8 Airbus A320s and 5 Bombardier Q300s are based in New Zealand supporting Jetstar’s New Zealand domestic and international operations. (Q300s are operated by Eastern Australian Airlines for Jetstar Airways.) Jetstar Airways is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Qantas Group.
About Jetstar Japan
Jetstar Japan operates more than 100 flights a day to 17 domestic routes and 8 international routes.
In the domestic market, Jetstar Japan operates flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Okinawa, Nagoya, Oita, Kagoshima, Matsuyama, Takamatsu, Kumamoto and Miyazaki.
Jetstar Japan operates international services to Hong Kong, Taipei, Manila and Shanghai. The airline operates a fleet of 21 Airbus A320s configured for 180 passengers. Jetstar Japan is a joint venture between the Qantas Group, Japan Airlines, Mitsubishi Corporation and Tokyo Century Corporation.
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