Hawaiian Airlines has launched non-stop service between Haneda and Kona International Airports, bringing flights from Japan back to the Island of Hawai´i, the company said.
Hawaiian Air invited more than 100 supporters of its application for the new service to welcome HA Flight 852, which landed in Kona.
Hawaiian´s tri-weekly service between Haneda in Tokyo and Kona is the latest route in the airline´s international network and adds to its robust presence in Japan. It follows the launch in July of daily service between Narita and Honolulu, and further complements Hawaiian´s flights from Haneda, Osaka and Sapporo to Honolulu.
The inaugural flight HA852 culminates a months-long process to return flights from Japan to Kona. In April, Hawaiian applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to offer three times weekly service between Haneda and Kona, along with a second frequency four times weekly between Honolulu International Airport and Haneda.
Hawaiian said it plans to operate its new Haneda-Kona and Haneda-Honolulu services with wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The fleet is being retrofitted to include 18 lie-flat seats in the premium cabin, 68 extra comfort seats and 192 seats in the main cabin.
Hawaiian has transported over half a million passengers out of Haneda and 2.2 million passengers between Japan and Hawaii since 2010. Its service to Honolulu has added USD941 million to the US gross domestic product, generated USD564 million in direct spending and led to the creation of 2,337 new jobs.