Route of the Week: Delta’s Honolulu to Fukuoka
After some Hawaiian dancing, the ribbon was cut in Fukuoka for Delta’s new route from Honolulu by David Bumgardner, Captain; Jason R. Cubas, Principal Officer, American Consulate, Fukuoka; Shinji Yukutake, Osaka City Municipal Office; Masao Kume, Fukuoka Airport Administrator; Jeff Bernier, Delta’s Managing Director Asia Pacific Sales and Affairs; Hiroshi Ogawa, Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture; Tomokazu Odahara, President of Fukuoka Airport Building; and James Sarvis, Delta’s VP Airport Customer Service, International.
- Delta Air Lines has launched three new international routes since Christmas. On 28 December, the airline began operating four times weekly from Honolulu, HI (HNL) to Fukuoka (FUK) in southern Japan with 767-300ER aircraft. This is the airline’s fourth route from the Hawaiian airport to Japan after flights to Tokyo Narita, Osaka Kansai and Nagoya. The new route is operated seasonally between December and April as well as from July to September. On 1 January, Delta launched another seasonal service when the airline connected Busan (PUS) in South Korea with Saipan (SPN) in the US associated Northern Mariana Islands; a distance of 2,785 kilometres. The twice-weekly service, which is operated until 2 March with 757-200s, competes with Asiana’s also twice-weekly flights. From Minneapolis/St Paul (MSP), Delta launched a weekly service on 7 January to Liberia (LIR) in Costa Rica with its 737-800s. The service is operated until 14 April and competes with Sun Country Airlines’ also weekly operation.