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Hawaiian Air could begin Osaka flights in July

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:14 a.m. HST, Feb 14, 2011

Hawaiian Airlines plans to begin flying from Honolulu to Osaka this summer. It would be the airline's third new destination in Asia in the past year.

The airline expects to begin the daily route on July 12 if it receives Japanese government approval.

Hawaiian Airlines President Mark Dunkerley said in a statement Monday the new service will help meet the company's strong demand from Osaka and provide a welcome boost to Hawaii tourism.

Hawaiian plans to initially operate the new Honolulu-Osaka flights with its Boeing 767 planes that seat up to 264 passengers. It expects to eventually switch to newer and larger 294-seat Airbus A330 aircraft.

The company began daily service to Tokyo's Haneda International Airport in November and four-times-a-week service to Seoul in January.

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