HONOLULU – December 14, 2011 - Hawaiian Airlines today began selling tickets for its new daily nonstop service between Fukuoka, Japan and Honolulu that commences April 17, 2012, having received approval from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
“We’re very pleased to open our Fukuoka route for sale and thrilled with the positive response that we have received from our travel partners throughout the entire region,” said Glenn Taniguchi, Hawaiian’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “We look forward to offering visitors from Kyushu our authentic Hawaiian service that is unmatched in the airline industry and makes a trip to Hawaii even more enjoyable.”
Tickets can be purchased online at www.HawaiianAirlines.co.jp, Hawaiian’s Japanese-language website, and at its English-language website, www.HawaiianAirlines.com, or by phone via its sales office in Japan at 03-5405-8761 and toll-free in the U.S. through its reservations center at 1-800-367-5320.
Fukuoka will be the third Japan destination that Hawaiian has added to its international route network over a 17-month period, following the launch of service from Tokyo in November 2010 and Osaka in July 2011.
Starting April 16, 2012, Hawaiian’s Flight #453 will depart Honolulu International Airport daily at 1:30 p.m. and arrive at Fukuoka Airport at 7:00 p.m. the following day. Starting April 17, the return Flight #454 will depart Fukuoka daily at 9:00 p.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 10:20 a.m. the same day. (Fukuoka is 19 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)
Consistent with its services to Hawaii from Tokyo and Osaka, Hawaiian will provide travelers from Fukuoka with a convenient daily flight schedule that allows them to depart in the evening after a day of work and arrive in Honolulu by mid-morning. This schedule gives them time to enjoy a full first afternoon on Oahu or on a neighbor island after making a convenient flight connection. Returning travelers depart after spending a final, full morning in Honolulu and arrive in Fukuoka in time for dinner.
Making the travel experience even more pleasant is Hawaiian’s authentic “Hawaii Flies With Us” hospitality, a distinctive presentation that showcases the culture, people, natural beauty and Aloha Spirit of the Hawaiian Islands throughout the flight. Hawaiian customizes its Japan service by offering delicious pan-Asian inflight cuisine, as well as Japanese language entertainment options and special onboard products designed for the enjoyment of the Japanese traveler.
Hawaiian will initially operate the new Honolulu-Fukuoka flights with its wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that comfortably seats up to 264 passengers, before introducing its new and larger wide-body, twin-aisle 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft onto the route.
Both current and new HawaiianMiles frequent flyer members can start earning and redeeming mileage award benefits on the new Fukuoka-Honolulu route, which is approximately 4,400 miles. Membership in HawaiianMiles is free and enrollment is easy to complete and available online at Hawaiian’s websites.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past seven years (2004-2010) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the top domestic airline offering flights to Hawaii. Hawaiian was also the nation’s highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in the prestigious Airline Quality Rating (AQR) study for 2008 and 2009.
Now in its 83rd year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is 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 Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 150 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.
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