HONOLULU, April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hawaiian Airlines today launched a historic new chapter in its 79-year legacy of service for Hawaii with the start of nonstop flights between Honolulu and Manila.
Today's inaugural flight departed Honolulu with more than 100 VIPs on
board, including Philippines Consul General Ariel Abadilla, Philippines
Senator Richard Gordon, several state lawmakers, numerous leaders of Hawaii's
Filipino community, and top executives from Hawaiian.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO, commented, "Hawaiian
Airlines has a long and distinguished record of landmark achievements in its
eight decades of service and our new flight to Manila is the latest in many
more to come."
Dunkerley added, "We have been energized by the outpouring of support from
the community, and look forward to providing our Manila customers with our
distinctive brand of service that has made Hawaiian a recognized leader in the
Manila is Hawaiian's first gateway city into Asia. The new service also
makes Hawaiian the only U.S. carrier providing nonstop service between Manila
and Honolulu, and will more than double capacity on the route.
Hawaiian's inaugural return flight from Manila will arrive in Honolulu on
Thursday, April 17, at 11:15 a.m., with 100 business and community leaders
from the Philippines on board.
Hawaiian's Flight #455 will depart Honolulu International Airport on
Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. and arrive at Ninoy
Aquino International Airport in Manila the following day at 5:15 p.m. Return
Flight #456 will depart Manila on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
at 7:00 p.m. and arrive in Honolulu the same day at 11:15 a.m. (Manila is 18
hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)
In celebration of its new service, Hawaiian is offering a special
introductory roundtrip fare between Honolulu and Manila of $499, plus taxes
and fees, for Coach Class seating that is good for travel purchases through
May 31, 2008. Tickets can be purchased online at
http://www.HawaiianAirlines.com or by calling Hawaiian toll-free at
1-800-367-5320, or in the Philippines at 02-860-2300.
Customers will enjoy Hawaiian's award-winning "Hawaii Starts Here"
inflight service showcasing the islands' culture, beauty and people, along
with a choice of complimentary hot meals in Coach Class and the industry's
only tasting menu for First Class passengers. Hawaiian has given its Manila
inflight menu a distinctive Filipino flair.
Hawaiian will operate the nonstop route using its wide-body, twin-aisle
Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that seat up to 264 passengers. The comfort and
convenience of Hawaiian's 2-3-2 seating configuration provides either window
or aisle seating to 86 percent of the passengers. The flight time is more than
About Hawaiian Airlines
The nation's top-ranked airline for service in the 2007 Airline Quality
Ratings, Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of
the past four straight years (2004-2007) and in fewest misplaced bags for the
past three years (2005-2007) as reported by the U.S. Department of
Transportation. Consumer surveys by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and
Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.
Now in its 79th year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the
state's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the second largest
provider of passenger air service between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii.
Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities than
any other airline, as well as service to the Philippines, Australia, American
Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 145 daily jet flights
among the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.
(Amex: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.
SOURCE Hawaiian Airlines
CONTACT: Keoni Wagner of Hawaiian Airlines, +1-808-838-6778,
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