Route of the Week: (12 – 18 July 2011)
Hawaiian Airlines’ Honolulu to Osaka Kansai
Passengers departing Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines’ first flight to Osaka were presented fresh flower leis to the sound of Hawaiian music. The 767-300ER then arrived at the characteristic Kansai Airport artificial island.
The Hawaiian theme continued traditional Hawaiian music and dancing livened up the check-in area at Osaka Kansai. As passengers checked-in, they were greeted with leis.
In an event at the gate, Shinichi Fukushima, president of Kansai International Airport Co., received a Hawaiian Airlines aircraft model from the airline’s president and CEO Mark Dunkerley. The flight was then traditionally blessed by a Hawaiian priest.
Celebrating that Hawaiian Airlines’ new route to Osaka Kansai won our Route of the Week was the Japanese airport’s proud marketing team: (back row) Takahiro Ozeki, Director Airline Marketing & Promotion; Masato Kubota, Assistant Director; Takashi Yoshimura, Assistant Director; Takahiro Deo, Assistant Director; and (front row) Kanako Kinoshita, Assistant Director; Takanori Isaka, Assistant Director; Midori Kitagawa, Assistant Director; Satoko Ito, Assistant Director.
- Hawaiian Airlines on 12 July continued its trans-Pacific expansion and launched a daily service between its Honolulu, HI (HNL) base and Osaka Kansai (KIX). Competition on the route comes from Delta and JAL, each of which also operates the route daily. Flights on the 6,625-kilometre route operate with 264-seat 767-300ER aircraft, but these are to be replaced with 294-seat A330-200s. This is the airline’s second Japanese route after the Tokyo Haneda flights launched in November last year. Notably, the airline just increased capacity on the Haneda route by shifting to larger Airbus aircraft. Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, said: “Demand for our services in Japan has returned to pre-tsunami levels, and we are grateful for the enthusiastic response we are receiving from the people of Osaka. This new daily service reflects our confidence in the Japan market and in the important Kansai region in particular.”