Hawaiian Airlines has launched daily nonstop
flights between Honolulu and Fukuoka, Japan.
Fukuoka is the third destination in Japan
and fourth in Asia that Hawaiian has launched in the past 17
months, following Tokyo (November 2010), Seoul (January 2011), and
Osaka (July 2011).
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO,
said, “This new service will provide people throughout the
entire Kyushu region with convenient direct access to the Hawaiian
Islands. Fukuoka is a continuation of our strategy of growing into
markets from which we expect to see increasing numbers of visitors
Hawaiian’s Fukuoka service will add approximately
100,000 new air seats annually from Hawaii’s second-largest
visitor market in Japan and, according to the Hawaii Tourism
Authority, will generate an estimated $156 million in visitor
spending and $17 million in tax revenue annually.
Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka
Prefecture and the economic center of Kyushu, the third largest
and most southerly of Japan’s four main islands. Kyushu has
approximately thirteen million residents, of which five million live
in Fukuoka Prefecture.
Fukuoka’s proximity to Korea, China and
other Asian countries will also enable Hawaiian to attract
customers from the continent, as well as other cities in
southern Japan via high-speed rail transportation.
Hawaiian Flight #453 departs Honolulu International
Airport daily at 13:30 and arrives at Fukuoka Airport at
19:00 the next day. The return Flight #454 departs Fukuoka
daily at 21:00 and arrives in Honolulu at 10:20 the
same day. (Fukuoka is 19 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight
crosses the International Dateline.)
Hawaiian will initially
operate the Honolulu-Fukuoka flights using its wide-body,
twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that seats up
to 264 passengers, before introducing its new and larger
wide-body, twin-aisle 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft onto the
Hawaii has a strong
historical connection with Fukuoka dating back to 1885 when the
first 149 immigrants arrived on the ship Yamashiromaru to work
in Hawaii following King David Kalakaua’s signing of a treaty
of reciprocity with Japan.
A century later, in 1981, the State
of Hawaii passed a resolution establishing a Sister-State
relationship with Fukuoka Prefecture, the first one in Hawaii’s
history. Then-Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi, whose father
Ryozo Ariyoshi came to Honolulu from Fukuoka, led the Sister-State
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