HONOLULU, April 8, 2002 -- Hawaiian Airlines announced today that it will add another new mainland city to its route structure with the inauguration of daily nonstop flights between Honolulu and Phoenix, Arizona on October 11, 2002.
The new flights will be operated with Hawaiian's state-of-the-art Boeing 767-300ER extended-range aircraft. The twin-aisle, twinjet Boeing 767-300ER seats 252 passengers -- 18 in First Class and 234 in Coach Class -- and offers widebody comfort and the latest in passenger amenities.
With the added Phoenix service, Hawaiian will have increased its trans-Pacific service to 13 daily nonstop flights between key West Coast markets and Hawaii. With nonstop service to eight mainland cities, Hawaiian will connect Hawaii with more U.S. cities than any other airline.
The company on March 15 began daily nonstop service between Seattle and Maui and recently announced new nonstop service to Sacramento and Ontario, California to begin June 7, 2002. Previously announced nonstop flights to Maui from San Francisco and Los Angeles will begin June 15, 2002. The company currently offers eight daily round trip flights between five West Coast gateways and Hawaii.
Paul J. Casey, vice chairman, CEO and President, said, “Phoenix has been high on our list of potential new markets for a long time. It's now the nation's sixth largest city and is continuing to grow into a vibrant, upwardly mobile and high-income market that offers great potential for attracting new visitors to Hawaii.”
Phoenix also offers Hawaii residents a whole host of year-round vacation activities, from its proximity to the Grand Canyon and 20 other National Parks, monuments and preserves to downhilll and cross-country skiing at 12 major resorts.
By the end of 2002, Hawaiian will have 11 of its 16 Boeing 767-300ER aircraft on order in service between Hawaii and the western U.S. The company is scheduled to completely replace its existing widebody fleet of DC-10 aircraft operating trans-Pacific routes between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland and points in the South Pacific with a total of 16 Boeing 767-300ER aircraft by 2003.
Hawaiian has already completely replaced its narrowbody fleet of aircraft operating flights between the islands of Hawaii with 13 new Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
Founded in Honolulu 72 years ago, Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii's longest-serving and largest airline. The nation's 12th largest airline, it is also the second-largest provider of passenger service between the West Coast and Hawaii.
Hawaiian Airlines takes great pride in its innovative onboard service programs that highlight and promote the people and culture of Hawaii. The airline has earned numerous international awards for service in recent years, including the 2001 Zagat Survey's award for Best Overall U.S. Airline in the Premier category, and the 2001 Diamond Award for In-Flight Service from Onboard Services magazine. Hawaiian was also rated third highest in Travel & Leisure magazine's most recent ranking of the Top 10 U.S. Airlines.
Additional information on Hawaiian Airlines, including previously issued company news releases, is available on the airline's Web site at www.hawaiianair.com.