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Hawaiian Airlines to launch Taiwan-Honolulu service in July

By Dave Segal

LAST UPDATED: 03:24 p.m. HST, Dec 03, 2012

It didn’t take too long for Hawaiian Airlines to capitalize on Taiwan being added to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.

The state’s largest and oldest carrier said this morning it plans to launch three-days-a-week service between the capital city of Taipei and Honolulu next summer.

Hawaiian’s announcement came just two months after the United States said it would include Taiwan in the Visa Waiver Program that permits visa-free travel to the U.S. for eligible travelers visiting for 90 days or fewer for business or tourism. The program went into effect Nov. 1.

Over the past two years, Hawaiian has expanded more aggressively than any domestic carrier. Hawaiian will become the only airline offering nonstop service between Taiwan and Honolulu when it begins flying in July. It will be the ninth new route for Hawaiian since November 2010 when it began service to Haneda International Airport in Tokyo.

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gth wrote:
Should concentrate more on mainland USA (by adding more planes) or is Hawaiian moving too fast.
on December 3,2012 | 05:36AM
iwanaknow wrote:
If you believe in them, buy more of their stock.
on December 3,2012 | 07:14AM
serious wrote:
There is a good book t"he Mastro" by Woodward--airline stocks are the worst investment ever. Personally, I avoid HA when I go to the mainland--they are by far the most expensive--but they have the double aisles which is great!!
on December 3,2012 | 11:17AM
Anonymous wrote:
What would be the point of that? There are tons of domestic routes but not as much International ones (at least, not direct to/from Hawaii).
on December 3,2012 | 07:38AM
hawaiianmickey wrote:
It's already getting saturated by other carriers. They are expanding their brand across the Pacific to Hawaii. They have a niche brands that help Hawaii and its economy.
on December 3,2012 | 09:34AM
jamesching wrote:
on December 3,2012 | 06:19AM
Makiki_Al wrote:
I wish they had better equipment for the long flights.
on December 3,2012 | 06:59AM
aldfhalisdbflaksdbf wrote:
A330 is pretty good for long-haul, but business class in the HAL 767 is embarrassingly worn-out and sub-par for international routes. They really need to spend some $$ in the front cabin
on December 3,2012 | 08:22AM
hawaiianmickey wrote:
They do!! Brand new Airbus 330. They are getting 5 new ones next year. They are getting it as fast as they can built it. An around 2015 they will be getting the brand new Airbus 350 which they are testing out now. These planes can go from Hawaii to Europe non stop!!!
on December 3,2012 | 09:37AM
kennie1933 wrote:
I wish they would try to lower interisland fares.
on December 3,2012 | 07:08AM
iwanaknow wrote:
This is just wishful thinking that will never happen.
on December 3,2012 | 07:13AM
steveoctober wrote:
Why should they? They need the profits to offset all this expansion. It's a simple fact that you don't sit on a cash hoard developed through a profitable channel but put it into other expansion markets even if it's a risky thing to do. Instead, expect interisland airfares to increase or become more restrictive.
on December 3,2012 | 10:05AM
kennie1933 wrote:
Boy, you guys are harsh. I said "I WISH..." Of course, I know that's not going to happen because HAL is only in it for the money. They don't care whether or not we need to travel between islands at a reasonable rate.
on December 3,2012 | 10:22AM
hawaiianmickey wrote:
Would you rather them lose money. At least they are using some of the profits to buy new planes and expand their network. You have to spend money to make more money.
on December 3,2012 | 12:16PM
Pookie_Baby wrote:
go fly GO! Didn't they promise us $9, $19, $29 fares?
on December 3,2012 | 01:34PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I starting to get a little concerned that their rate of growth is exceeding their culpability to cope with it. I hope there has been no decline in the standards of performance for the critical stuff like maintenance and inspections. So far everything is working well but I know that when companies go into super growth modes, something has to give because the actual experience level across the employee base declines. Good luck, HA, but be careful out there!!
on December 3,2012 | 08:22AM
gth wrote:
My thought exactly. I'm for Hawaiian to grow and be profitable, but...
on December 4,2012 | 09:04AM
visitor wrote:
How about Vancouver, Canada? They're just served by Canadian airlines (Air Canada and West Jet)
on December 3,2012 | 08:22AM
M75 wrote:
Knowing hawaiian airlines they just might come it's not if it's when they will say it but it just Might come sooner
on December 3,2012 | 08:31AM
M75 wrote:
Way to go I told everyone that they just might make this destination sooner congradtulations Hawaiian
on December 3,2012 | 08:32AM
Anonymous wrote:
Still no mainland service from Kona or Kauai! Hawaiian in name only!
on December 3,2012 | 11:09AM
hawaiianmickey wrote:
No enough people to fill their planes and make money. Remember they fly wide body planes. You have to fill it up to a certain % to make it profitable. So airlines like Alaska and United are more Hawaiian than Hawaiian Airlines. Hawaiian cares more about Hawaii than anyone else. They are bring more people to Hawaii than anyone else. They create more jobs,tax revenue and more spending money from tourists.
on December 3,2012 | 12:23PM
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