HONOLULU – April 06, 2011 - Having received the approval of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Hawaiian Airlines today announced that it has begun selling tickets for its new daily nonstop flights between Osaka’s Kansai International Airport and Honolulu International Airport.
Hawaiian’s inaugural flight from Honolulu to Kansai takes place July 12, with the inaugural departure from Kansai to Honolulu on the following day, July 13.
Tickets can be purchased online atwww.HawaiianAirlines.co.jp, Hawaiian’s Japanese-language website, and at its English-language website, www.HawaiianAirlines.com, or by phone via its sales office in Japan at 03-5405-8761 and toll-free in the U.S. through its reservations center at 1-800-367-5320.
“We continue to receive very positive feedback from our Japan travel partners about bringing Hawaiian’s brand of service to the Kansai region this July and are pleased to now have tickets on sale,” said Glenn Taniguchi, Hawaiian’s senior vice president of marketing and sales.
Kansai-Honolulu is the second Japan route to be introduced by Hawaiian Airlines, which inaugurated daily Haneda-Honolulu service on November 17, 2010.
As with its Haneda service, travelers on the Kansai-Honolulu route will enjoy Hawaiian’s convenient daily flight schedule and the authentic presentation of its award-winning “Hawaii Starts Here” inflight service program.
Travelers from the Kansai region depart after a full day of work and arrive in Honolulu before lunch to enjoy a first, full afternoon in Hawaii. Returning travelers depart after enjoying a final, full morning in Honolulu and arrive at Kansai before dinner.
For its flights between Japan and Hawaii, Hawaiian has customized its popular Hawaii-oriented inflight service to highlight Hawaii’s culture, people, and natural beauty, while offering pan-Asian cuisine, Japanese entertainment options, and special onboard products for travelers from Japan.
Both current and new HawaiianMiles frequent flyer members can immediately start earning and redeeming mileage award benefits on the new Kansai-Honolulu route, which is approximately 4,100 miles. Membership is free and enrollment available online at Hawaiian’s websites.
Flight #449 will depart Honolulu International Airport daily at 2:10 p.m. and arrive at Kansai International Airport at 6:00 p.m. the next day. Return Flight #450 will depart Kansai daily at 9:30 p.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 10:50 a.m. the same day. (Osaka is 19 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)
Hawaiian will initially serve the Kansai-Honolulu route using its wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft seating up to 264 passengers before introducing its new and larger 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft onto the route.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past seven years (2004-2010) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, consumer surveys byCondé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the top domestic airline offering flights to Hawaii. Hawaiian was also the nation’s highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in the prestigious Airline Quality Rating
(AQR) study for 2008 and 2009.
Now in its 82nd year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state’s primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 150 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at www.HawaiianAirlines.com.