Hawaiian Airlines to Launch Flights to Fukuoka, Japan

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Hawaiian Airlines is planning to add daily nonstop flights between Honolulu and Fukuoka, its third destination in Japan, beginning April 2012 and pending Japan government approval.

Fukuoka will be the fourth destination in Asia that Hawaiian has introduced recently to its route network, following the launches of service to Tokyo in November 2010, Seoul in January 2011, and Osaka in July 2011.

Demand for our services in Japan from Tokyo and Osaka has been extremely strong, and we are responding to similar demand for Hawaii from the travel community in Fukuoka, said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiians president and CEO. Our new Fukuoka flights will expand Hawaiians reach into an entirely new region of Japan, while providing a substantial boost to Hawaiis visitor industry.

Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and the economic center of Kyushu, the third largest and most southerly of Japans four main islands. Altogether, Kyushu has approximately 13 million residents, of which approximately five million residents live in Fukuoka Prefecture.

Japans oldest city and the closest major Japan city to mainland Asia, Fukuoka is known for its vibrant culture, entertainment and nightlife, easy accessibility in and around the city, and its natural attractions, including some of Japans best beaches.

Hawaiians new Fukuoka flights will add approximately 100,000 new air seats annually to Hawaii from Japan, the states second-largest market for visitors. In addition, Fukuoka Airports proximity to Korea, China and other Asian countries will enhance Hawaiians ability to attract customers from other regions of the Asian continent, as well as other cities in southern Japan via high-speed rail transportation.

Congratulations to Hawaiian Airlines on its announcement of direct service between Honolulu and Fukuoka, said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The new direct flight is outstanding news for Hawaiis visitor industry. This will be the only year-round daily scheduled service to Hawaii from Fukuoka, our sister state. It is another sign that Japan is on its way to recovery and there is increasing demand for travel to Hawaii. The HTA estimates the flight will provide $154 million in visitor spending and $16.8 million in tax revenue annually. The HTA is committed to supporting Hawaiian Airlines to ensure the long-term success of this new route.

Subject to Japan government approval, starting 16 April 2012, Hawaiian Flight #453 will depart Honolulu International Airport daily at 13:20 and arrive at Fukuoka Airport at 18:40 the next day.

Starting 17 April 2012, Flight #454 will depart Fukuoka daily at 21:00 and arrive in Honolulu at 10:00 the same day. (Fukuoka is 19 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)

Hawaiian will initially operate the new Honolulu-Fukuoka flights with 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 route.

The new flights will feature Hawaiians pan-Asian inflight cuisine, Japanese entertainment options and special onboard products designed for travelers from Japan.

Hawaiian has already begun hiring to fill the more than 400 new staff positions being added to accommodate its expansion plans for 2012. Over the next six months, the company expects to hire 56 additional pilots, 275 additional flight attendants, 38 additional airport customer service agents and 40 additional maintenance personnel to be based in Honolulu. Applications can be submitted online.

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