HONOLULU – November 28, 2012 - Hawaiian Airlines this morning welcomed to Honolulu its first nonstop flight from Brisbane, Australia. The 229 passengers were greeted upon arrival in the tradition of the islands with fresh flower lei, Hawaiian music and hula.
Hawaiian is the only U.S. carrier serving Brisbane, capital city of the State of Queensland, and is offering nonstop flights, three days weekly, to and from Honolulu.
Hawaiian’s Brisbane service is adding 41,000 new air seats to the market annually and will generate for Hawai‘i’s visitor industry an estimated $79 million in visitor expenditures and $8.6 million in state tax revenue, according to the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA).
The Honolulu-Brisbane flights will also make it easier for travelers in Hawai‘i and North America to experience the scenic beauty of Queensland, popularly known as Australia’s “Sunshine State.”
Centrally located on Australia’s east coast, Brisbane is the gateway to a host of appealing sites and attractions for visitors to enjoy, including the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, world heritage listed rainforests, the iconic Outback territory, and the renowned leisure destinations of Australia’s Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
Brisbane is also a key hub for onward travel throughout Australia. Capitalizing on this, Hawaiian has timed its flight schedule for travelers to connect with same-day flights to and from throughout Queensland and other states via an interline partnership with domestic carrier Virgin Australia.
Hawaiian’s Flight HA 443 departs Honolulu at 10:20 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, crosses the international dateline, and arrives in Brisbane at 4:00 p.m. the following day.
The return flight HA 444 departs Brisbane at 6:35 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, crosses the international dateline, and arrives in Honolulu at 8:05 a.m. the same day.
Hawaiian is offering the comfort and roominess of its wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft to operate the Honolulu-Brisbane route, seating 264 passengers in a two-class cabin, with 18 in Business Class and 246 in the Main Cabin.
Hawaiian’s signature ‘Mea Ho‘okipa’ (translation: I am host) onboard service adds to the enjoyment of the travel experience with its celebration of the culture, people, and Aloha Spirit of the Hawaiian Islands throughout the flight.
Brisbane is the seventh of eight new destinations that Hawaiian has introduced or announced new service to since November 2010, following Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Sapporo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; and New York City. Hawaiian will launch service to Auckland, New Zealand, on March 13, 2013.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past eight years (2004-2011) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.
Now in its 84th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. New nonstop service will begin between Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand on March 13, 2013. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.
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