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Hawaiian Air adds capacity to L.A. and Sydney

By Dave Segal

LAST UPDATED: 1:14 p.m. HST, Dec 12, 2011

Hawaiian Airlines is expanding service to Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia, as it continues down its fast-growth track.

The state's oldest carrier, which already has announced plans to inaugurate new service to Fukuoka, Japan, and New York next year, said today it will add a third daily flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu starting June 7. It previously offered this flight on a seasonal basis to accommodate peak summer travel demand. The switch to daily from seasonal service on the Los Angeles-Honolulu flight will add more than 70,000 seats annually between the two cities.

"The growth of our long-haul fleet allows us to add this third daily flight on a permanent basis to better accommodate the strong demand for our service in Southern California year-round and provide our customers with more schedule options," Hawaiian President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said.

The new year-round flight will depart Los Angeles at 10:30 a.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 1:10 p.m. The return flight will depart Honolulu daily at 10:20 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles the following morning at 6:45 a.m.

Hawaiian, which previously said it was boosting its Sydney-Honolulu route to daily from five days a week starting Wednesday, said today it will switch in May to the larger Airbus A330-200 for the Sydney route instead of the Boeing 767-300ER currently used. The Airbus seats 294 passengers, 30 more than the Boeing 767. Hawaiian said increasing its frequency to daily from five days a week will boost capacity by 40 percent and add approximately 12,000 seats on the route between Wednesday and the transition to the A330 next year.

The airline said that seating capacity will increase by nearly 11,000 seats annually — the equivalent of 41 additional Boeing 767 flights — when the larger aircraft begins flying that route in May.

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