United Airlines today announced that it is adding
a second daily flight between Tokyo-Narita, Japan (NRT) and Honolulu,
Hawaii (HNL) effective June 11, 2004. Flights are available for booking on
February 10, 2004.
Following the return of United’s daily Osaka-Honolulu service last March,
this addition brings United’s Japan-Hawaii service to three flights a day,
further strengthening United’s leadership position in the Hawaiian market.
The new flight addresses rising consumer demand in both the Japan-Hawaii
market and the broader Pacific region.
“This expansion is in response to a steady rise in customer demand and
builds on our leadership serving the Hawaiian Islands,” said Graham
Atkinson, senior vice president - worldwide sales and alliances. “This
second-daily Tokyo-Honolulu service complements our existing 24 daily
flights to Hawaii from the U.S. mainland and Japan, and reinforces our
strong commitment to the Hawaiian Islands and the entire Pacific region.”
United will fly its second-daily Tokyo-Honolulu service with a Boeing 777
aircraft configured with 10 seats in first class, 49 seats in business
class and 194 seats in economy class. UA866 will leave NRT at 7:55 pm
Tokyo time and arrive at HNL at 8:00 am the same day. The return leg,
UA867, will depart HNL at 11:00 am and arrive at NRT at 2:00 pm the next
“The addition of a second daily United flight between Tokyo and Honolulu
is welcome news and another sign of the confidence airlines have in our
state’s strengthening visitor market,” said Governor Linda Lingle, who met
with United chairman, president and CEO, Glenn Tilton, last December and
with airline officials in Japan last July to discuss expanding air service
to the Islands. “We will continue to work to increase seating capacity to
accommodate visitor demands, especially from Japan.”
United has been serving Hawaii since 1947 and offers the most flights to
the Hawaiian Islands from the U.S. mainland, in addition to daily
international service from Osaka and Tokyo. All together, United serves
four Hawaiian islands - Kauai, Maui, Oahu and Hawaii - from the mainland,
and codeshares with Aloha to Lanai and Molokai.