April 10, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Airlines today announced it plans to launch non-stop service between
, pending approvals by U.S. and Chinese regulatory agencies.
The new service, Hawaiian's tenth new international destination since
, will allow visitors from
's capital city to access Hawaiian's extensive network, serving the Hawaiian Islands and U.S. mainland.
"A scheduled flight between
and Hawai'i has long been an aspiration of Hawaiian and the travel industry in our state, and as the barriers to visitor travel from
the United States
slowly come down, we believe there will be significant demand for a Hawai'i vacation and Hawaiian Airlines," said
, Hawaiian Airlines' president and CEO. "With our network of flights between the islands and from Hawai'i to 11 cities in the U.S. mainland, Hawaiian is in a great position to offer the multi-stop itinerary that many visitors from
"I want to congratulate Hawaiian Airlines for its continued expansion into the
," said Gov.
. "Hawai'i is the anchor of the
region and this non-stop service to
greater access to Hawai'i, which will become one of
's most important visitor destinations. Both
's and Hawai'i's economies will be the direct beneficiaries. I have every confidence this non-stop service by Hawaiian Airlines will enhance the cultural understanding that already exists between
The Hawai'i Tourism Authority estimates the new service will generate
in annual visitor expenditures and
in tax revenue for Hawai'i.
"This new non-stop service will help to significantly grow visitor arrivals and expenditures from our highest spending visitor market," said
, president and CEO of the HTA. "The
market continues to grow year-over-year, and we anticipate further growth in 2013, targeting double-digit increases in arrivals (+25% to 144,910 visitors) and expenditures (+27% to
The new service will be launched from
April 16, 2014
and will operate three times each week using a 294-seat
A330 aircraft. It will be the only non-stop service between
, which has a population of more than 20 million.
Subject to government approvals, Hawaiian's Flight HA 887 will depart
International Airport at
every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, cross the international dateline, and land at Beijing Capital International Airport at
the following day.
Hawaiian's Flight HA 888 will depart
every Monday, Thursday and Saturday, cross the international dateline, and arrive in
the same day.
Travelers on Hawaiian Airlines enjoy an inflight experience not offered by any other airline. From the moment travelers board their Hawaiian Airlines flight, the airline's renown
' Mea Ho'okipa'
(translation: I am host) onboard hospitality engages customers throughout the flight with its warm and friendly celebration of the culture, people and
of the Hawaiian Islands.
Manila Service Discontinued
Hawaiian Airlines also today announced it will discontinue its underperforming non-stop
service this summer.
Hawaiian Airlines flight HA 455 will make its final trip from
, and HA 456 will make its final return from
Aug. 1, 2013
. The service, which operates four times per week, was inaugurated in
The airline's reservations department will make arrangements with other airlines serving
to accommodate customers who have ticketed reservations after
, and will be contacting affected passengers with new accommodations.
The airline will continue to accept reservations for travel prior to the discontinuation date, provided all travel is completed by
"High fuel prices and low fares have plagued this particular route and while we have made several efforts to improve the economic performance of our
service, including adjusting our flight schedule to optimize connections and upgrading to newer A330 aircraft, we've concluded that the route will not be a commercial success," explained
, Hawaiian's chief commercial officer.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past nine years (2004-2012) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by
Conde Nast Traveler
Travel + Leisure
have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai'i.
Now in its 84
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
, and Tahiti. New nonstop service will begin between
July 9, 2013
. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.
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