Feb. 14, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Airlines will add its fifth
gateway in June with the launch of new service three times a week to Sendai,
The new flights will be the first scheduled service between Sendai and Hawai'i 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
of our island home to a region being rebuilt after massive devastation two years ago," said
, Hawaiian's president and chief executive officer. "Hawai'i 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."
Hawaiian's new Sendai service will connect with and complement its existing service to
, operating nonstop from
to Sendai, with one-stop service returning to
"We have been interested in providing service to
from Sendai for some time. The city's airport draws travelers from throughout the Tohoku region, and its peak travel periods complement those of
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.
, Hawaiian's Flight HA 441 will depart
International Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at
, cross the international dateline, and arrive at Sendai Airport at
the following day.
The return Flight HA 442 will then continue to
's New Chitose Airport at
5:55 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
, arriving at New Chitose at
before departing to
, crossing the international dateline, and arriving in
the same day.
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. Travelers will enjoy a customized presentation of Hawaiian's signature inflight hospitality program, combining its celebration of the islands' culture, natural beauty, people, cuisine, and
with entertainment options and special onboard products designed for the Japanese traveler.
The start of ticket sales for Hawaiian's new Sendai service will be announced at a later date.