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Hawaiian Airlines Launches Honolulu-Fukuoka Flights

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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, Hawaiians 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 to Hawaii.

Hawaiians Fukuoka service will add approximately 100,000 new air seats annually from Hawaiis 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 Japans four main islands. Kyushu has approximately thirteen million residents, of which five million live in Fukuoka Prefecture.

Fukuokas 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 route.

History

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 Kalakauas 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 Hawaiis history. Then-Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi, whose father Ryozo Ariyoshi came to Honolulu from Fukuoka, led the Sister-State initiative.

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