Earlier this year, Hawaiian was one of three U.S. airlines to win government approval to serve Haneda Airport and is launching service there months...

Hawaiian Airlines has launched daily, nonstop service between Honolulu and Tokyo’s near-downtown Haneda Airport.

The carrier’s November 18 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,” says Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO.

Hawaiian Airlines says the Haneda service launch represents its most significant international expansion ever 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 four-times-weekly nonstop service from Honolulu to Seoul-Incheon in South Korea.

Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767-332 N597HA, a former Delta Air Lines aircraft now named "Akohekohe" in Hawaiian service, takes off from San Jose

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 “Hawaii Starts Here” inflight-service program celebrating Hawaii’s culture, people, and natural beauty.

Earlier this year, Hawaiian was one of three U.S. airlines to win government approval to serve Haneda Airport and is launching service there months ahead of the other two, American and Delta. Hawaiian is the only U.S. carrier offering flights between Haneda and Hawaii.

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 a year from the state’s second-largest tourism market.

from November 18, Hawaiian’s flight HA457 departs Honolulu International Airport (HNL) daily at 6:05 p.m. and arrives at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) at 10:05 p.m. the following day, local time. Starting November 19, return flight HA458 is scheduled to leave HND daily at 11:59 p.m. and land at HNL at 12:05 p.m. the same day. (Tokyo is 19 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)

Hawaiian is initially serve the Haneda-Honolulu route with Boeing 767-300ERs seating up to 264 passengers, 18 in Business Class and 246 in Economy Class. Hawaiian plans to introduce new 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route at a later date.

Tickets for the Haneda flights can be purchased online via Hawaiian’s English-language website at www.HawaiianAirlines.com, its new Japanese-language website at www.HawaiianAirlines.co.jp, or by calling toll-free in the U.S. through Hawaiian’s reservations center at 1-800-367-5320 or through its sales office in Japan at 03-5405-8761.

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