HONOLULU – May 15, 2007 - Hawaiian Airlines and Korean Air today announced a new code share agreement that has expanded the range of travel options for Korean Air's customers coming to Hawaii and eased their flight connections between Asia, Hawaii and the Western U.S.
Korean Air customers now enjoy seamless flight connections in Honolulu to Kauai, Maui and Hawaii's Big Island aboard Hawaiian Airlines, highlighted by the convenience of one-stop check-in for ticketing and luggage at their original point of departure. In addition, Korean Air customers can fly Hawaiian to and from any of its nine cities in the Western U.S. and enjoy the same hassle-free connections in Honolulu to Korean Air's destinations in Asia.
“This new code share agreement lets Korean Air extend to its customers the assurance of quality and service provided by America's top-rated carrier with Hawaiian Airlines,” said Dan Burruss, senior director of Asia-Pacific business development for Hawaiian.
On April 2, Hawaiian was ranked as America's #1 airline for passenger service in 2006 by the 17th Annual Airline Quality Ratings. This comprehensive industry-wide study evaluated the overall performance of the nation's 18 largest carriers using a weighted average of 15 elements in four major areas important to consumers when judging quality airline services.
Code sharing allows Korean Air to attach its two-letter booking code to Hawaiian's interisland and transpacific flights in worldwide computer reservations systems and sell seats on Hawaiian to its customers. Korean Air is one of the world's top 20 airlines and operates almost 400 flights daily to 109 cities in 36 countries.
About Hawaiian Airlines
The nation's top-ranked airline for service in the 2007 Airline Quality Ratings, Hawaiian also led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for 2004, 2005 and 2006 (including a record 36 consecutive months from November 2003 to October 2006,) and in fewest misplaced bags for 2005 and 2006, as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Zagat all rank Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.
Now in its 78th 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 (nine), as well as service to Australia, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 100 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.