HONOLULU, May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., a
subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: HA), and Korean Airlines today
announced a newly-expanded code-sharing agreement that will allow Hawaiian to
offer its customers nonstop service between Hawaii and Korea, as well as
connecting service on flights within Korea and five other destinations in
The carriers plan to begin expanded code-sharing operations June 15, 2009,
with Hawaiian placing its "HA" booking code on flights operated by Korean
between Incheon, South Korea and Honolulu, and on flights between Incheon and
Busan in Korea as well as points in Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand.
Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian, said, "This new agreement
is all part of increasing Hawaiian's presence in Asia, expanding our
relationship with Korean Airlines, and could lead to complementary service by
Hawaiian in the future.
"With its recent addition to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, we expect to
see a letting of significant pent-up demand in South Korea for travel to the
U.S. and Hawaii in particular. Incheon is the largest air travel hub in
Northeast Asia, so in combination with our own nonstop service to Manila,
Hawaiian will soon be able to offer our customers convenient gateways to all
"In addition, with more than two million ethnic Koreans in the U.S. and
significant Korean communities in all of the cities we serve, we think this
new service will have great appeal to travelers in our markets," Dunkerley
Hawaiian and Korean have jointly applied to the U.S. Department of
Transportation for authorization to begin code-share operations next month.
The two carriers began their code sharing relationship in 2007, which allowed
Korean to put its "KE" booking code on Hawaiian's flights among the islands of
Hawaii and between Hawaii and the mainland U.S.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian is the nation's highest-ranked carrier for service quality and
performance in 2008 in the 19th annual Airline Quality Rating study. Hawaiian
has also led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past
five years (2004-2008) and has been an industry leader in fewest misplaced
bags during that same period (#1 from 2005-2007, #2 in 2008) 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 80th year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the
state's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as 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 the
Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides
more than 160 daily jet flights within the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.
(NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.
About Korean Airlines
In 2008, Business Traveler magazine honored Korean Air as having the "Best
Transpacific Business Class" and ranked it "The Best Airline in Asia"; World
Traveler magazine rated it has having the world's best inflight service;
readers of Travel & Leisure magazine said it is one of the world's top 10
international airlines, and readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine voted it
has having one of the world's top five business classes.
Korean Air, with a fleet of 124 aircraft, is one of the world's top 20
airlines, and operates almost 400 passenger flights - 20 per day to 116 cities
in 39 countries. It is a founding member of SkyTeam, the global airlines
alliance - partnering Aeroflot, AeroMexico, Air France, Alitalia, China
Southern Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines,
KLM and three Associates to provide customers with extensive worldwide
destinations, flights and services. More on Korean Air's programs, routes,
frequency and partners is available at www.koreanair.com.
SOURCE Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.
CONTACT: Keoni Wagner of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., +1-808-838-6778,
Web Site: http://www.HawaiianAirlines.com