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HONOLULU, Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Airlines today launched its inaugural flight from
Sapporo, Japan, and restored nonstop service between the two cities that had been discontinued by other carriers nine years earlier.
Passengers of the inaugural flight enjoyed a festive island-style send-off at
Honolulu International Airport before boarding, featuring Hawaiian music and hula, a traditional Hawaiian blessing, presentation of fresh flower lei, and a special performance honoring the Japanese culture.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO, said, "We are delighted to be restoring the convenience of nonstop service to Hawai'i for travelers in
Hokkaido and look forward to bringing increasing numbers of visitors from the region to our island home. At the same time, we know that many of our customers in Hawai'i and
North America with an affinity for
Japan will take the opportunity of this new service to experience the unique sites and cultural attractions of northern
The capital city of the island of
Hokkaido, Japan's second-largest and northernmost island,
Japan's fourth-largest city with a population of 1.9 million.
Sapporo is renowned for its ski resorts – the city hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics – and the world-famous Sapporo Snow Festival, which annually attracts millions of visitors each February to see its spectacular snow and ice sculptures.
Sapporo service is adding 41,000 new air seats to the market annually and the benefit to Hawai'i's visitor industry will be significant, according to the Hawai'i Tourism Authority.
"Today's launch of Hawaiian Airlines' new
Sapporo route is great news for Hawai'i's tourism economy and will generate an estimated
$61 million in visitor spending and
$6.7 million in state tax revenue," said
Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawai'i Tourism Authority. "The flight will also provide residents of
Hokkaido with its only direct access to Hawai'i. We remain committed to working with Hawaiian Airlines to ensure the success of this flight and providing visitors greater accessibility to our state."
Hawaiian's Flight HA 441 departs
Honolulu International Airport on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at
2:45 p.m., crosses the international dateline, and arrives at
Sapporo's New Chitose Airport at
7:00 p.m. the following day.
The return flight HA 442 departs
Sapporo on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at
9:30 p.m., crosses the international dateline, and arrives in
9:55 a.m. the same day.
Hawaiian will operate its
Sapporo flights offering the comfort and roominess of its wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft seating 264 passengers, with 18 in Business Class and 246 in the Main Cabin.
Travelers will enjoy a customized presentation of Hawaiian's signature inflight hospitality program, combining its celebration of the islands' culture, people, and
Aloha Spirit with entertainment options and special onboard products designed for the Japanese traveler.
Sapporo is the fourth city in
Japan that Hawaiian has introduced nonstop service in the past two years following
July 2011), and
Tickets can be purchased online at
www.HawaiianAirlines.com, by calling Hawaiian's reservations department toll-free in the U.S. at 1-800-367-5320, or through its Japanese-language website at
www.HawaiianAirlines.co.jp or by calling its sales office in
Japan at 03-5405-8761.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past eight years (2004-2011) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by
Conde Nast Traveler,
Travel + Leisure and
Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai'i.
Now in its 83
rd year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai'i's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawai'i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from
American Samoa, and Tahiti. New nonstop service will begin between
Sapporo, Japan (
October 30, 2012),
Brisbane, Australia (
November 27, 2012), and
Auckland, New Zealand (
March 13, 2013). Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and its special fare offers (@HawaiianFares), and become a fan on its Facebook page (Hawaiian Airlines).