Hawaiian Receives Tentative Approval for New Tokyo Service

HONOLULU, May 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Hawaiian Airlines was granted tentative approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday, May 7, to operate one daily flight between Honolulu and Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Hawaiian Airlines had applied for two round trips and is asking for DOT to reconsider granting Hawaiian a second daily round trip.

Hawaiian's proposed daily flight is conveniently scheduled to depart Haneda shortly before midnight and arrive in Honolulu around noon the same day, allowing Tokyo-area travelers to depart after a full day of work and dinner and arrive in time to enjoy a first afternoon in Hawaii. Return flights would depart Honolulu in the early evening and arrive at Haneda around 10 p.m. the next day. Hawaiian will initially service the Honolulu-Tokyo flights with its Boeing 767-300ER aircraft seating up to 264 passengers, before adding its new and larger 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft onto the route.

Hawaiian Airlines is the nation's highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in 2009 in the 20th annual Airline Quality Rating study, having earned that distinction in three of the past four years. Hawaiian has also been noted for its on-time performance and is an industry leader in fewest misplaced bags. Hawaiian is currently in its 81st year of continuous air service for Hawaii and is well prepared to serve the Honolulu-Tokyo route. The company already offers a Japanese language website and has had a sales presence in Tokyo since 1973, and also previously operated the largest charter service between the U.S. and Japan in the 1980s and early 1990s.

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SOURCE: Hawaiian Airlines

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