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Aussie Anniversary: Hawaiian Airlines Celebrates 10th Years of Sydney Service and Announces Plans for Airbus A330 Upgrade from Brisbane

May 19, 2014 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Hawaiian Airlines will celebrate a successful 10 years of service from Australia this Sunday, 18 May, marking the milestone with celebrations for guests onboard the day’s anniversary flights between Sydney Airport (SYD) and Honolulu International Airport (HNL). Hawaiian, the only U.S. carrier that flies to Brisbane Airport (BNE), also announced that beginning 5 December, 2014, travellers on its HNL-BNE route will enjoy more legroom and on-demand, seatback entertainment when the airline up-gauges service from the 264-seat Boeing 767-300ERs to the 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft. “Australia has become an important part of our network and over the last decade has become an increasingly important part of the overall tourism base in Hawaii,” said Peter Ingram, chief commercial officer of Hawaiian Airlines. “There has been particularly strong demand for travel to Honolulu from Brisbane and we are pleased to be adding additional capacity and comfortable new aircraft to the route. This allows even more Aussie travelers to visit the Hawaiian Islands via Honolulu and connect to any of our 11 U.S. destination gateways.” Brisbane Service In 2013, Hawaiian transported more than 65,000 passengers between Brisbane and Honolulu. Following strong demand from both U.S. and Aussie travellers, on 31 March this year the airline launched a fourth non-stop flight between Brisbane and Honolulu, adding more than 20,000 new seats to the travel markets. With the planned up-gauge to an A330 this December, more than 6,200 additional seats will be added in 2015. Service will continue with slightly adjusted times beginning 5 December, 2014 from Honolulu:

Flight Route Departs Arrives Frequency Effective
HA443 HNL-BNE 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. +1 Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. 5 Dec., 2014
HA444 BNE-HNL 6:35 p.m. 7:45 a.m. Tues., Thurs., Sat., Sun. 6 Dec., 2014

Service to Brisbane, which also serves as a key hub for onward travel throughout Australia, provides connecting travelers with same-day flights throughout Queensland and to other states through its partner airline carrier.  Sydney Service          Hawaiian inaugurated convenient, well-timed service from Sydney, its first Australian destination, to Honolulu in 2004. The airline operated four-times weekly using a Boeing 767-300ER wide-body aircraft. Following the launch of Hawaiian’s service, the market – which had long been underserved with poorly-timed schedules – saw a dramatic increase in Australia-originating tourism to the Hawaiian Islands. In 2002, Hawaii received only 91,911 visitors from Australia, compared to 305,783 Australians visiting Hawaii in 2013. Hawaiian’s user-friendly schedule allowed guests to depart in the evening, arriving to Honolulu in the morning with enough time to make a convenient inter-island connection or seamlessly check-in to their hotel with time to enjoy the day. From December 2011, Hawaiian began operating nonstop daily flights, and by May of 2012, it introduced the wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft to match demand on the route. A330 Special Amenities Hawaiian Airlines’ A330 offers amenities that have been popular with its customers, highlighted by the personal on-demand entertainment system for each seat, increased legroom, and the roomy interior. With high-resolution LCD touch-screen monitors in each seatback, the A330’s state-of-the-art entertainment system lets customers choose from a wide range of movies, TV programs, music, and video games, while also offering a USB port for the use of their own personal media players. In addition to the comforts of the A330 aircraft, travelers will enjoy complimentary meals in all cabins and Hawaiian Airlines’ signature inflight hospitality that celebrates the culture, people and Aloha Spirit of the Hawaiian Islands. All Hawaiian Airlines fares from Australia include a generous 64 kilo baggage allowance per person (two free bags weighing up to 32 kg each), complimentary meals, wine and beer, and onboard service delivered with genuine Hawaiian hospitality.

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