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Hawaiian Airlines to start service to China, drop Manila

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:21 a.m. HST, Apr 10, 2013

Airbus will introduce the A321neo in 2016, and Hawaiian Airlines is planning to buy at least 16 of them.

Hawaiian Airlines plans to start non-stop service from Honolulu to China beginning next year and will eliminate service to Manila over the summer.

The airline said today that the flights from Honolulu to Beijing are expected to start on April 16, 2014, pending U.S. and Chinese regulatory approval.

The new service is expected to run three times a week.

This would be Hawaiian Airlines' 10th new international destination since November 2010.

The new service is expected to produce $81 million in annual visitor spending and $8.47 million in tax revenue for Hawaii, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Hawaiian Airlines said it is discontinuing non-stop service to Manila due to underperformance. Chief Commercial Officer Peter Ingram said in a statement that high fuel prices and low fares hurt the route.

Flights to Manila, which began in April 2008, were running four times a week. The final flight from Honolulu to Manila will be on July 31.

The company said that its reservations department will make arrangements with other airlines serving Manila to accommodate passengers with flights scheduled to Manila after Aug. 1.

Hawaiian Airlines is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings Inc. Its new service between Honolulu and Taipei, Taiwan starts on July 9. It also offers nonstop service to Hawaii from 11 U.S. cities and has service from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, and Tahiti. The company provides about 160 daily flights between the Hawaiian islands.

Shares of Hawaiian Holdings finished at $5.36 on Tuesday. They have traded in a 52-week range of $4.92 to $7.30 per share.

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Valleyisle57 wrote:
Ay sus!!!!!!
on April 10,2013 | 07:26AM
pakeheat wrote:
Why you planning on a trip to Manila soon?
on April 10,2013 | 07:38AM
Valleyisle57 wrote:
Yes actually leaving on August 1st.....got my Hawaiian ticket in hand!
on April 10,2013 | 01:07PM
opus59 wrote:
Last flight from Honolulu to Manila is on July 31!
on April 10,2013 | 04:20PM
pakeheat wrote:
Hope you can transfer your ticket to another airline like Philippines Airlines?
on April 10,2013 | 04:46PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I guess they will have to deliver Schatz' benefits by mail.
on April 10,2013 | 07:41AM
Sunny wrote:
Too many bargain hunters looking for the cheapest flights to Manila.
on April 10,2013 | 07:56AM
Vance1958 wrote:
Long-awaited news about Beijing. Very exciting!
on April 10,2013 | 08:03AM
aomohoa wrote:
I'm sure Beijing is a wise choice for HA financially. I did like flying with them to Manilla though.
on April 10,2013 | 08:14AM
MakaniKai wrote:
喜訊 ~ good news! Aloha
on April 10,2013 | 08:55AM
opus59 wrote:
Difficult to make profit on Manila route when it is the only one taking people AWAY from Hawaii. All other routes bringing tourists TO Hawaii. No tourist visa waiver for Filipinos.
on April 10,2013 | 09:15AM
pakeheat wrote:
That's why hard yeah?
on April 10,2013 | 04:47PM
opus59 wrote:
Yup. Passengers wanted lowest fare they could find, no matter how many stops. No loyalty to one carrier.
on April 10,2013 | 05:03PM
billso wrote:
Does this mean Hawaiian Airlines is moving its customer call center back to the USA?
on April 10,2013 | 09:24AM
cojef wrote:
It's all about what is the median income of the average worker and the standard of living of the working class. It's also how much disposal income the average wage earner has available. Chana's population has been able to travel internally, but of late has been restricted to travel abroad. This pent up desire for anything foreign bodes well for Hawaiian travel destination. Things are looking up with the relaxing of the visa restrictions. They got the money and the old saying follow the money.
on April 10,2013 | 10:08AM
cojef wrote:
Only problem so to speak of is the opportunity of highly contagious disease may be introduced into Hawaii, such as the deadly SRS virus that has already killed a number of Chenese. Also the nori virus that is prevalent in china.
on April 10,2013 | 04:08PM
false wrote:
Sad but makes good business sense. Go where you can make a profit. The growth lies with China but unfortunately, not the Philippines.
on April 10,2013 | 10:13AM
Anonymous wrote:
They have to bribe the Minister of Civil Aviation, Beijing Airport Authorities, local law enforcement outfits...just to get a gate slot at the Beijing Airport. :) About 10 years ago, I tried to open a bar/restaurant in Beijing and I found that I have to bribe 21 different departments for the necessary licenses. I gave up!
on April 10,2013 | 10:48AM
iwanaknow wrote:
And if you had paid everyone off, look where you'd be today!
on April 10,2013 | 10:53AM
Who_Said wrote:
Too many balikbayan boxes...
on April 10,2013 | 12:11PM
hon2255 wrote:
need a direct flight to Hong Kong! using a Airbus A350 !
on April 10,2013 | 04:32PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Beijing.....worst air pollution in the world !!!!!
on April 10,2013 | 07:07PM
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