Hawaiian Airlines and Korean Air have signed an expanded codeshare 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 Asia.
The carriers plan to
begin expanded codeshare 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 of Asia.
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 said.
Hawaiian and Korean have jointly
applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for
authorization to begin codeshare operations next month.
carriers began their codesharing 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
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