Hawaiian Airlines will add its fifth Japan
gateway in June with the launch of three times a week flights to
The new flights - starting 25 June, pending Japan
government approval - will be the first scheduled service between
Sendai and Hawaii since another carrier left the market in 2004,
and among the first new services to be introduced at Sendai
Airport since it was closed for more than a month in 2011 due to
damage caused by the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
"We are delighted to be bringing the aloha of
our island home to a region being rebuilt after massive
devastation two years ago," said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's
president and chief executive officer. "Hawaii is a place for
relaxation, healing and rejuvenation, and we look forward to
making visitors from Tohoku feel as though they are in Hawai'i
from the moment they board our flights."
Sendai service will connect with and complement its existing
service to Sapporo, operating nonstop from Honolulu to Sendai,
with one-stop service returning to Honolulu via Sapporo.
"We have been interested in providing service to Honolulu from
Sendai for some time. The city's airport draws travelers from
throughout the Tohoku region, and its peak travel periods
complement those of Sapporo to the north. Our new service will
take advantage of these fluctuations by offering each market the
majority of available seats when local demand for travel to
Hawai'i is highest. This allows us to make the most efficient use
of our fleet," Dunkerley said.
Flight HA 441 will depart Honolulu International Airport on
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 12:15, cross the
international dateline, and arrive at Sendai Airport at 16:00
the following day.
The return Flight HA 442 will then
continue to Sapporo's New Chitose Airport at 17:55 on
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving at New Chitose at 19:10 before departing to Honolulu at
21:10, crossing the
international dateline, and arriving in Honolulu at 09:50 the same
Hawaiian will operate the Honolulu-Sendai-Sapporo
flights using its fleet of roomy wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing
767-300ER aircraft that seat up to 264 passengers.
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