HONOLULU – December 21, 2011 - On the eve of its first anniversary of service to South Korea, Hawaiian Airlines today announced that it will increase the frequency of its nonstop service between Seoul and Honolulu from four flights a week to daily, starting July 16, 2012.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, noted, “Offering daily flights between Seoul and Honolulu has always been part of our growth plan. Demand among Korean travelers to vacation in Hawaii and for Hawaiian Airlines as a preferred carrier has been steadily building this past year and we are delighted to be expanding our service next July.”
Hawaiian introduced service to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport on January 12, 2011. Boosting its service to offer daily flights will add more than 40,000 new air seats annually, increasing the total over a full year to more than 96,000 air seats that Hawaiian will be providing between Seoul and Honolulu.
Due in no small part to Hawaiian’s service, the Korean visitor market for travel to Hawaii has grown significantly in 2011. According to the most recent visitor statistics issued by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Honolulu has received more than 221,000 air seats from Seoul year-to-date through October 2011, a 90.5% increase year-over-year compared to the 116,000-plus air seats through October 2010. Approximately half of that increase is due to Hawaiian’s Seoul-Honolulu service.
Hawaiian has promoted the fun and excitement of the Hawaii travel experience to Korean visitors with its authentic “Hawaii Flies With Us” inflight hospitality that showcases the culture, people, natural beauty, and Aloha Spirit of the Hawaiian Islands. This distinctive brand of onboard customer service is complemented with Korean entertainment options, delicious pan-Asian cuisine, and special onboard amenities for the enjoyment of the Korean traveler.
Hawaiian will continue to operate its Seoul-Honolulu service using its wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that comfortably seats 264 passengers, with 18 in Business Class and 246 in Economy Class. The airline plans to introduce its newest and largest aircraft, the 294-seat, wide-body Airbus A330-200, on the route at a later date.
Starting July 16, subject to government approval, Hawaiian’s Flight #460 will depart Seoul’s Incheon International Airport daily at 10:20 p.m. and arrive at Honolulu International Airport at 12:05 p.m. the same day. The return Flight #459 will depart Honolulu daily at 11:45 a.m. and arrive at Incheon at 4:30 p.m. the following day. (Seoul is 19 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)
Tickets can be purchased at www.HawaiianAirlines.co.kr, Hawaiian’s Korean-language website, or www.HawaiianAirlines.com, its English-language website, or by calling toll-free in the U.S. to its reservations center at 1-800-367-5320 or to its South Korea sales office at 82-2-775-5552.
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 by Condé 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 83rd 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 Japan, South Korea, 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 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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