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Hawaiian Airlines Plans Kansai-Honolulu Route - 2nd Japan Route after Haneda

Hawaiian Airlines Plans Kansai-Honolulu Route - 2nd Japan Route after Haneda

Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 767.

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On February 14, U.S.-based Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (HA) announced plans to open a new route on July 13 connecting Honolulu International Airport in Hawaii with Kansai International Airport in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture.

Hawaiian will operate seven nonstop flights a week on a Boeing 767-300ER with 18 seats in business class and 246 seats in economy. In the future, Hawaiian will consider using the larger A330-200 as well.

The new route will be the second to Japan for the airline since opening its route to Haneda in Tokyo last year. HA President and CEO Mark Dunkerley commented, "The response to our new Haneda service has been stronger than expected, and we have accelerated our plans to offer our authentic Hawaii travel experience to Osaka and Japan's second most populous region." The company has indicated that the route will make for more convenient connections to cities throughout Japan, China, South Korea and other destinations in Asia.

HA is making a proactive effort to develop its business on routes to Asia, having opened a route in January to Incheon International Airport outside of Seoul, South Korea.

The Kansai route's schedule is below (pending Japanese government approval):

Depart: KIX 9:30 pm Arrive: HNL 10:50 am

Depart: HNL 2:10 pm Arrive: KIX 6:00 pm (the following day)

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