Hawaiian Airlines has launched daily, nonstop service between Honolulu and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, marking a milestone in its expansion into Asia markets.
Hawaiian’s inaugural flight to Haneda was preceded by festivities at the boarding gate at Honolulu International Airport featuring Hawaiian music and hula, a Japanese cultural dance performance called Utage, a traditional Hawaiian blessing, and the giving of fresh flower lei to the passengers.
“This is a momentous day for our company and a huge step forward into a region that offers tremendous potential for new growth opportunities for both Hawaiian Airlines and Hawaii tourism,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO.
“We have devoted months of planning and preparation into our new Haneda service and added some special touches that will make travel to Hawaii an even more enjoyable experience. I am confident travelers on our Haneda-Honolulu route will embrace this special presentation of our unique brand of Hawaiian-style service that has earned the loyalty of customers everywhere we fly,” added Dunkerley.
Haneda represents the most significant international expansion ever for Hawaiian and starts the company on a course for future growth to other major Asia markets, as it begins to add new and longer-range Airbus A330s and A350s to its fleet. In January, Hawaiian will launch nonstop service, four times weekly from Honolulu to Seoul-Incheon in South Korea.
To meet the service expectations of Japanese travelers on its new Haneda service, Hawaiian is offering a customized, culturally designed presentation of its inflight service, featuring new pan-Asian cuisine, Japanese entertainment options, and special onboard products in combination with its award-winning “Hawaii Starts Here” inflight service program celebrating Hawaii’s culture, people, and natural beauty.
Earlier this year, Hawaiian was one of only three U.S. airlines to win government approval to service Haneda Airport with international flights, and is launching its operations months ahead of the other two. In addition, Hawaiian is the only U.S. carrier offering flights between Haneda and Hawaii.
Centrally located in Tokyo, Haneda Airport offers travelers’ superior accessibility to Japan’s largest metropolitan area in contrast to Narita International Airport, which is located 40 miles away.
Hawaiian’s new Haneda service will also provide a boost to Hawaii’s visitor industry with the addition of approximately 100,000 new air seats from the state’s second-largest tourism market.
Beginning today, Hawaiian’s Flight #457 departs Honolulu International Airport daily at 6:05 p.m. and arrives at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport at 10:05 p.m. the following day. Starting November 19, Return Flight #458 will depart Haneda daily at 11:59 p.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 12:05 p.m. the same day. (Tokyo is 19 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)
Hawaiian will initially serve the Haneda-Honolulu route using its wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, which comfortably seats up to 264 passengers with 18 in Business Class and the rest in Economy Class. Hawaiian plans to introduce its new and larger 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft onto the route at a later date.