Hawaiian Airlines today launched a historic new chapter in its 79-year legacy of service for Hawaii with the start of nonstop flights between Honolulu and Manila.
Today’s inaugural flight departed Honolulu with more than 100 VIPs on board, including Philippines Consul General Ariel Abadilla, Philippines Senator Richard Gordon, several state lawmakers, numerous leaders of Hawaii’s Filipino community, and top executives from Hawaiian.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, commented, “Hawaiian Airlines has a long and distinguished record of landmark achievements in its eight decades of service and our new flight to Manila is the latest in many more to come.”
Dunkerley added, “We have been energized by the outpouring of support from the community, and look forward to providing our Manila customers with our distinctive brand of service that has made Hawaiian a recognized leader in the industry.”
Manila is Hawaiian’s first gateway city into Asia. The new service also makes Hawaiian the only U.S. carrier providing nonstop service between Manila and Honolulu, and will more than double capacity on the route.
Hawaiian’s inaugural return flight from Manila will arrive in Honolulu on Thursday, April 17, at 11:15 a.m., with 100 business and community leaders from the Philippines on board.
Hawaiian’s Flight #455 will depart Honolulu International Airport on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. and arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila the following day at 5:15 p.m. Return Flight #456 will depart Manila on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and arrive in Honolulu the same day at 11:15 a.m. (Manila is 18 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)
In celebration of its new service, Hawaiian is offering a special introductory roundtrip fare between Honolulu and Manila of $499, plus taxes and fees, for Coach Class seating that is good for travel purchases through May 31, 2008. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.HawaiianAirlines.com or by calling Hawaiian toll-free at 1-800-367-5320, or in the Philippines at 02-860-2300.
Customers will enjoy Hawaiian’s award-winning “Hawaii Starts Here” inflight service showcasing the islands’ culture, beauty and people, along with a choice of complimentary hot meals in Coach Class and the industry’s only tasting menu for First Class passengers. Hawaiian has given its Manila inflight menu a distinctive Filipino flair.
Hawaiian will operate the nonstop route using its wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that seat up to 264 passengers. The comfort and convenience of Hawaiian’s 2-3-2 seating configuration provides either window or aisle seating to 86 percent of the passengers. The flight time is more than 10 hours.
About Hawaiian Airlines
The nation’s top-ranked airline for service in the 2007 Airline Quality Ratings, Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past four straight years (2004-2007) and in fewest misplaced bags for the past three years (2005-2007) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.
Now in its 79th year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the second largest provider of passenger air service between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities than any other airline, as well as service to the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 145 daily jet flights among the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Amex: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com .