Subject to approval from the Japanese government, Hawaiian Airlines' inaugural flight from Honolulu International Airport to Osaka's Kansai International Airport is scheduled for July...

Hawaiian Airlines plans to launch daily, nonstop service between Honolulu and Osaka in Japan as the third new Asia destination the carrier has announced in recent months.

Subject to approval from the Japanese government, Hawaiian Airlines’ inaugural flight from Honolulu International Airport to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport is scheduled for July 12, with the inaugural return flight from Osaka to Honolulu on July 13.


“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,” says Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO. “Our new service will help meet strong travel demand from Osaka, and provide a welcome boost to Hawaii tourism.”

Hawaiian Airlines' newest aircraft, the 294-seat Airbus A330-200, is seen flying above Hawaii

On boarding Osaka customers will see a customized presentation of Hawaiian’s “Hawaii Starts Here” in-flight service program, which celebrates Hawaii’s culture, people, and natural beauty. Hawaiian’s in-flight service on the route will also feature new pan-Asian cuisine, Japanese entertainment options and special onboard products.

According to Hawaiian Airlines, its new Osaka flights will add approximately 100,000 new air seats annually to Hawaii from Japan, the state’s second-largest market for visitors.

In addition, says Hawaiian, Osaka’s location in the Kansai region will significantly strengthen the airline’s ability to attract customers from Asia, with convenient flight connections from other cities in Japan, China and other countries in Asia. Same-day ground connections are also available to several major cities in Japan.

With a population of approximately three million residents, Osaka is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and one of Japan’s major economic and commercial centers. Osaka is the largest segment of the Keihanshin Area, which also includes Kyoto and Kobe, and represents the second-largest area in Japan by population. The area has more than 18 million residents.

Osaka will be the third city in Asia that Hawaiian has introduced to its route structure in recent months, following the start of service to Seoul in January 2011, and Tokyo Haneda International Airport in November 2010.

Subject to Japan government approval, Hawaiian’s flight HA449 will depart Honolulu International Airport daily at 2:10 p.m. and arrive at Kansai International Airport at 6:00 p.m. the next day. Return flight HA450 will depart Osaka daily at 9:30 p.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 10:50 a.m. the same day. (Osaka is 19 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)

Hawaiian says it will announce the start of ticket sales for the new Honolulu-Osaka route will be announced in the coming weeks on Hawaiian’s Japanese-language website at www.HawaiianAirlines.co.jp, and its English language website, www.HawaiianAirlines.com.

The airline will initially operate the new Honolulu-Osaka flights with Boeing 767-300ERs seating up to 264 passengers, before introducing its new and larger 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft on to the route. Hawaiian is on schedule to receive two new A330s this year, in the second and fourth quarter, along with three more A330s in 2012.

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