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Hawaiian Airlines to Launch Flights to Sapporo, Japan

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Hawaiian Airlines has plans to add the northern city of Sapporo to its growing network of destinations in Japan.

The airline is set to begin service between Honolulu International Airport and New Chitose Airport on the island of Hokkaido three times per week in November 2012, pending Japan government approval.

Sapporo will be the fourth Japanese destination that Hawaiian has introduced recently to its route network, following the launches of service to Tokyo in November 2010, Osaka in July 2011 and Fukuoka in April 2012. It will be the airlines sixth new destination in two years, including the launch of service to Seoul, South Korea in January 2011 and the upcoming June 4 inauguration of service to New York.

This new service builds on our strategy to diversify our revenue base and strengthens Hawaiians presence in one of our most important visitor markets, said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiians president and CEO. The addition of Sapporo to our network will allow our customers in Japan to fly directly to Hawaii from Japans three largest islands and, at the same time, give our customers in Hawaii a convenient connection to one of Japans largest inbound tourist markets.

Sapporo is Japans fifth-largest city, with a population of 1.9 million. The capital city of Hokkaido, it is known for its ski resorts and world-famous Sapporo Snow Festival, an annual event showcasing breathtaking snow and ice sculptures.

 Sapporo is already a popular vacation destination for residents of Hawaii, and we expect this new service to help introduce the wonders of Sapporo to many more of our customers, said Dunkerley.

Hawaiians Sapporo flights will add approximately 41,000 new air seats annually to Hawaii from Japan, and restore non-stop service between the islands of Hokkaido and Oahu that was discontinued by other carriers in 2003.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority estimates that the new flight will provide $61 million in direct visitor spending, $6.7 million in tax revenue and support 700 jobs for Hawaii residents annually.

Todays announcement is outstanding news for our visitor industry and we are proud to see Hawaiis hometown airline expand service to Sapporo, said Mike McCartney, HTA president and CEO. Direct flight access from additional regional cities, like Sapporo, increases convenience and access to the Hawaiian Islands, and enables Hawaii to build momentum for continued growth in international travel.

Subject to Japan government approval, starting 1 November 2012, Hawaiian Flight #441 will depart Honolulu International Airport Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 14:45 and arrive at New Chitose Airport at 19:00 the next day.

The, starting 2 November, Flight #442 will depart New Chitose on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 21:00 and arrive in Honolulu at 09:15 the same day.

Hawaiian will operate the new Honolulu-Sapporo flights with its widebody, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that seat 264 passengers.

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