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Hawaiian Airlines drops Taipei service

By Dave Segal

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LAST UPDATED: 08:19 p.m. HST, Mar 05, 2014


Hawaiian Airlines said Wednesday it will discontinue its three-times-a-week service to Taipei, Taiwan, the second international flight that the state's largest carrier has eliminated in the last week and the third in the past year.

The airline said it will reassign the 294-seat Airbus 330-200 aircraft used for that route to its Seoul service, which it is cutting to five days a week from daily beginning April 23.

Hawaiian said the last flight from Honolulu to Taipei will be April 6 and the final return flight from Taipei will be April 7. The decision to discontinue service comes less than a year after Hawaiian made its inaugural flight on July 9. 

A week ago, Hawaiian announced it was dropping daily service between Honolulu and Fukuoka, Japan, in June. Hawaiian ended service to Manila on Aug. 1.  

"The increase in travelers we have come to expect, when the U.S. visa waiver was extended to additional countries, has not materialized in Taiwan, and it became evident very quickly that there is insufficient awareness of Hawaii among residents of Taiwan for nonstop service to be successful," Hawaiian President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Dunkerley said. "At the same time, demand in peak travel days in South Korea has encouraged us to deploy our larger A330 aircraft (instead of a 264-seat Boeing 767 being used now) on that route."






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Mensore wrote:
I can't agree it is a lack of awareness of Hawaii that is keeping Taiwanese out of Hawaiian's seats. The biggest benefactor of this visa waiver program has been Guam. EVA and China Air both offer daily service to Guam, with 4 night 5 day inclusive packages going for about US $750. Hawaii cannot compete for these "value" travelers, and with Taiwan being relatively small, there are not enough higher discretionary income residents willing to spend more for Hawaii. Certainly not enough to fill 1,500 seats a week.
on March 5,2014 | 10:52AM
opalaedo wrote:
Totally agree with you that competition from other destinations make Hawaii too expensive, plus the 8-hour flying time. Guam and even Japan are better choices for Taiwanese, with multiple daily flights connecting to different Japanese cities by LCCs, not to mention the weaker Japanese yen. Hawaii has out priced itself out of the market. This month alone, Guam will welcome 10 charter flights by China Airlines from Fukuoka, Japan, a market that Hawaiian will abandon. Also, Guam has been very active in the Taiwanese and Korean markets in recent years and it appears to be paying off handsomely now.
on March 5,2014 | 02:34PM
pake48 wrote:
Very poor assessment by the Hawaiian Air staff on both of these routes. Hawaiian's pursuit of rapid expansion has cost them and their shareholders dearly. Mr. Dunkerly should take a pay cut to offset the losses from these routes and closures.
on March 5,2014 | 11:22AM
opus59 wrote:
If it has cost their shareholders so dearly, why did the stock hit a 52-week high today? It has more than doubled in the past year. I would say this has done the shareholders very well indeed!
on March 5,2014 | 11:42AM
Readitnow wrote:
I am a stockholder of Hawaiian Airlines and I love the fact that they are constantly watching their returns on each route. I'm a bit surprised that Taipei hasn't filled the seats for this flight, but I'm sure Dunkerly will keep an eye out for when it is an opportune time to return.
on March 5,2014 | 01:12PM
Ronin006 wrote:
What is wrong with the censorship people at the SA? This comment, regarding Hawaiian Airlines dropping its Taipei service, was sent for approval: “I have said repeatedly in my comments during HAL’s rapid expansion during the past two years that HAL was expanding too fast and too far. Despite the hype and claims from Hawaii tourism officials that each new route would bring in to the state thousands of more visitors and millions more in revenue, I contended it would not happen and that the added routes would simply give one more travel option to people already planning to come. HAL dropped is Manila route last year, will drop it Fukuoka route in June and its Taipei route in April. It reminds me of what happened to America West Airlines back in the 1990s. Check it our online. History could repeat itself with HAL’s next route being into bankruptcy court? “
on March 5,2014 | 06:27PM
false wrote:
Those who joined the Hawaiian Miles program just got stung by their annual fee rising to $89. Disgusted, I'm cruising other websites for better deals and I'm finding a host of better and more rewarding programs. For those who feel the same way, google "Best rewards credit cards" for a start, just a start. An eye opener for me as to fee, no-fee, cashback, miles programs available. Phooey to Hawaiian Miles.
on March 5,2014 | 11:47AM
opus59 wrote:
Looks pretty competitive when you compare to other airlines! http://thepointsguy.com/2014/03/best-current-airline-credit-card-offers/
on March 5,2014 | 12:05PM
what wrote:
For most people, airline cards are not worth it. Most people are better off with a straight cash-back card like Capital One Quiksilver, with zero annual fee. Use the 1.5% cash back to buy no hassle airline tickets if that's what you want. In additional, Capital One credit cards have 0 foreign currency transaction fee.
on March 5,2014 | 12:07PM
opus59 wrote:
I completely agree. It just that from an airline-only standpoint, the new Hawaiian Airlines card is no more punitive than the other airlines that fly to Hawaii.
on March 5,2014 | 12:13PM
Readitnow wrote:
Actually, $89 isn't bad considering that you get a free checked bag on every flight, and a one time half off companion discount. The only problem is … which half of your companion do you take on the trip?
on March 5,2014 | 01:04PM
fishnfool wrote:
Yeah, it doesn't sound too bad initially for the increased price. Just waiting to see how that plays out though. Right now I'm usually able to get flights to the West coast & back for 17,500 miles per each leg if I'm flexible on dates. If Hawaiian raises the mileage threshold for flights (as I suspect might happen) then this deal goes south in a hurry. We'll see...in the meantime, I'll only consider taking the pleasant half of my companion (wife) along on vacations!
on March 5,2014 | 04:39PM
opus59 wrote:
http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/03/04/hawaiian-holdings-inc-retrenches-again-smart-move.aspx
on March 5,2014 | 11:55AM
opus59 wrote:
http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/03/04/hawaiian-holdings-inc-retrenches-again-smart-move.aspx
on March 5,2014 | 11:56AM
entrkn wrote:
Pleeeeeezzz resume service to Manila.
on March 5,2014 | 12:04PM
inlanikai wrote:
When HAL added these three services they just dropped (let's not forget Manilaa) the folks at Hawaii Tourism were the first to shout about the economic impact and revenue it would bring to Hawaii as a result of the additional seats. So, Hawaii Tourism, what is going to be the economic loss to Hawaii now? This should be a wake up call you our tax and tax again politicians that tourists have limits and are very good and figuring out the economic value of a particular destination. There is also a great deal of word of mouth on social media about one's experience about their trip to Hawaii which influences future travelers.
on March 5,2014 | 12:59PM
808warriorfan wrote:
They've expanded way to fast and they still have new Airbus 321's coming in that need to be paid for
on March 5,2014 | 01:26PM
steveoctober wrote:
Taipei is a tough sustainable market for Hawaii. It's too far south where the weather is a lot more pleasant than in Korea, and most of the populated areas of mainland China. While business travel is strong, little to no business travel needs for Taiwanese tech firms to go to Hawaii - they just go back and forth the major cities on the mainland.
on March 5,2014 | 02:21PM
huponews wrote:
Be careful for what you ask for??? Keep increasing the baggage fee, what goes around, comes around. Remember, Aloha Airlines executives got to greedy and look what happen to the employee's. Hawaiian is headed towards that same path.....the chiefs all think they know better then the works. They forget, where they once was and it can happen again. Economy, goes down and visitors don't travel ....then what? Shame on you, you charge your customers like it's a freight company.....the day will come....when you really want your customers to come back.
on March 5,2014 | 02:25PM
localguy wrote:
Three strikes and you are out for Hawaiian's acutely obtuse CEO. What was he thinking with three failed expansion attempts, failing to do his due diligence before starting the routes. Had he done his job Hawaiian would have never wasted money on useless expansion attempts. Ensure there is a price to be paid for their management failure such as no bonus or pay raise for the next three years. What a fiasco.
on March 5,2014 | 03:47PM
fishnfool wrote:
We frequent fliers are paying the price for Hawaiian's failed expansion project. In 30 years of flying using mostly Hawaiian but also many trips with the old beloved Aloha and other carriers, I've never seen fares as high as this year. The problem is Hawaiian is the big dog sets the price and the other carriers fall in line and price accordingly. With Hawaiian buying a whole new fleet and expanding into Asia, we ratepayers are paying the price for bad business decisions by management. They are actually leaving some openings for sharp competitors by out pricing themselves and over leveraging the good fortune of having Aloha and others go belly up. They could be next if they keep making foolish business decision like we see lately.
on March 5,2014 | 04:50PM
BuhByeAloha wrote:
Prices are a fraction of what they should be. Everything from houses to a gallon of milk has gone ballistic over the years, and airlines prices have barely gone up at all. Do you know who pays the price so you can have a extremely cheap ticket? The employees. The hard working pilots, flight attendants and everyone else at Hawaiian are barely making ends meet. I'm not sure why some people feel it's their right to get practically free trips to the mainland. Then some even whine about Hawaiian having new and expensive planes. So? New, safe and comfortable planes are a good thing.
on March 5,2014 | 05:25PM
localguy wrote:
A certain obtuse CEO is rolling in the bucks, ensuring he always has the money. He actually refers to all other Hawaiian Airlines workers as "Steerage Class" people.
on March 5,2014 | 09:21PM
localguy wrote:
Hawaiian is hardly the big dog. Mostly what the real Big Dog leaves behind in piles on your yard.
on March 5,2014 | 09:20PM
opus59 wrote:
Sounds like you are describing HECO!
on March 6,2014 | 07:30AM
Ronin006 wrote:
I have said repeatedly in my comments during HAL’s rapid expansion during the past two years that HAL was expanding too fast and too far. Despite the hype and claims from Hawaii tourism officials that each new route would bring in to the state thousands of more visitors and millions more in revenue, I contended it would not happen and that the added routes would simply give one more travel option to people already planning to come. HAL dropped is Manila route last year, will drop it Fukuoka route in June and its Taipei route in April. It reminds me of what happened to America West Airlines back in the 1990s. Check it our online. History could repeat itself with HAL’s next route being into bankruptcy court?
on March 5,2014 | 04:44PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
There is a lot of awareness of Hawaii in the Philippines.......bring back MNL!
on March 5,2014 | 07:12PM
Barefootie wrote:
And so it continues, HAL drops underperforming routes, redirects it's fleets to higher traffic routes and then continues to squeeze the Inter-island flight market for all it can grasp, through higher ticket prices and baggage fee's! I don't see a reason why I should use Hawaiian Air for inter-island flights, when it's cheaper and easier to use the smaller competition to by pass all the BS, that is Hawaiian Air.
on March 5,2014 | 07:30PM
Wazdat wrote:
Too Big Too fast. Hawaii can only handle so many people
on March 5,2014 | 09:37PM
LRC wrote:
What is going on with Hawaiian?? So many cancelled routes. I wonder what they plan on doing with that Boeing that used to fly to Taiwan?
on March 6,2014 | 07:00AM
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