HONOLULU - Hawaiian Airlines announced the signing of a new code share agreement today with China Airlines that will expand the reach of both their respective networks and provide a range of new travel benefits for their customers. The announcement comes after Hawaiian's launch of its new non-stop service to Taipei yesterday, the latest addition to its growing international network and seventh Asian gateway destination.
"With this new partnership, our customers will be able to have convenient access to a host of new cities throughout Asia with connections through our new Taipei route," said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO. "We are very excited about our new partnership with China Airlines and look forward to sharing our island hospitality with its customers from cities we do not serve directly today."
The new partnership will take effect in late 2013 and will allow Hawaiian to place its two-letter booking code on China Airlines flights leaving Taipei for Honolulu on Sundays and Honolulu to Taipei on Mondays; flights from Taipei to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore; and flights from Brisbane to Auckland and Sydney to Auckland. This agreement will also allow seamless booking and check-in on a single ticket for guests traveling between Hawai'i and multiple China Airlines destinations throughout Asia.
The reciprocal partnership will allow China Airlines to place its two-letter booking code on Hawaiian Airlines flights leaving Taipei to Honolulu on Mondays and Fridays and Honolulu to Taipei on Sundays and Tuesdays; flights from Honolulu to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose and Seattle; and all inter-island flights.
In addition to the code share agreement, the airlines also have completed an interline agreement that allows for seamless travel to additional destinations in Asia such as Okinawa, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, and Jakarta. Through the arrangement, travelers can book single-ticket travel combining flights on both carriers and also enjoy one-stop check-in with bags checked through customers' final destinations.
Both Hawaiian Airlines and China Airlines are also finalizing another reciprocal partnership that will allow their respective frequent flyer members to earn and redeem miles for travel on either carrier.
Hawaiian Airlines launched non-stop service between Taipei, Taiwan and Honolulu yesterday, further extending the airline's strategic expansion into Asia. The new service operates three times a week between Honolulu and Taipei, and capitalizes on the extension of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program to cover citizens of Taiwan.
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 Beijing, China in April 2014, subject to government approval. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily 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).
- 30 -