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The new Narita route will complement Hawaiian Airlines’ existing daily service from its Honolulu hub to Tokyo Haneda Airport, providing two daily flight options to travelers in the Greater Tokyo region, according to the carrier.

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The JAL Business Class cabin in each refurbished Boeing 767-300ER will be fitted with 24 new JAL Sky Suite II seats, each designed to recline 180 degrees into a fully flat bed. Each 767 will also have a total of 175 Sky Wider economy-class seats, arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration.

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Hawaiian Airlines plans to launch non-stop service between Honolulu and China’s capital Beijing in April 2014, pending approvals by U.S. and Chinese regulatory agencies. However, Hawaiian will discontinue its under-performing non-stop Manila service this summer, its last outbound flight on the route leaving Honolulu on July 31.

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Hawaiian Airlines will add its fifth Japan gateway in June when it launches service three times a week to Sendai on June 25, pending approval from the Japanese government.

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Hawaiian Airlines is planning to launch non-stop service between Taiwan’s capital Taipei and Honolulu in July 2013. Taipei will be the ninth new gateway that Hawaiian has introduced since November 2010.

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Island Air, a regional carrier in Hawaii, has signed a letter of intent to lease five ATR 42 turboprop regional airliners. Honolulu-based Island Air signed the lease agreement with Chicago’s Aerway Leasing, LLC.

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Hawaiian Airlines is launching three-times-weekly, non-stop service between Honolulu and Auckland in New Zealand on March 13, 2013. According to Hawaiian, it will be the only U.S. carrier flying to Auckland, which is New Zealand’s largest city.

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Hawaiian Airlines has its share of hiccups, but in this writer’s experience, HA trumps its much larger main competitor on mainland-Hawaii routes, United Airlines, 10 times out of 10 when it comes to unfeigned warmth, superior food and beverage choices and all-around customer service.

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Hawaiian Airlines will begin three-times-weekly non-stop service between Honolulu and Brisbane on Tuesday, November 27.

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Members of both carriers’ frequent flyer programs will be able to earn and redeem loyalty points or miles for travel on either airline. Travelers will also be able to connect between the two carriers to points throughout the East Coast and Hawaii, with the signing of a new codeshare agreement.

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Mokuluele Airlines will begin operating twice-daily round-trips between Honolulu International Airport and Kapalua Airport in West Maui on July 1. The carrier will offer one-way fares from $59.97, including taxes and fees, based on seat availability.

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United Airlines is launching daily year-round service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Honolulu on June 7, the only non-stop service between the two points.

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Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways and Hawaiian Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement for passenger flights within Japan and Hawaii, as well as ANA-operated flights between Honolulu and Tokyo Haneda Airport.

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Hawaiian Airlines is boosting its service to Hawaii from its largest visitor market with the addition of a third daily flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu on a year-round basis, starting in June 2012. The carrier has previously offered this flight on a summer seasonal basis.

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The shared lounge at Honolulu International Airport is the two oneworld carriers’ first joint lounge since gaining antitrust immunity and becoming partners in a transpacific joint business in 2010.

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To promote its new service, Hawaiian Airlines is offering introductory fares of $212 each way in Economy Class and $808 each way in First Class – 212 and 808 being the original area codes of Manhattan and Honolulu, respectively.

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Fukuoka will be Hawaiian Airlines’ third destination in Japan and the fourth destination in Asia that Hawaiian is introducing within a two-year period, following the launches of service from Honolulu to Tokyo in November 2010, Seoul in January 2011, and Osaka in July 2011.

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Strategic Airlines confirms it will launch non-stop services from Brisbane and Melbourne to Honolulu on December 14 and 15, 2011, respectively.

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