Hawaiian Airlines will be launching nonstop service between New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Honolulu starting June 4, 2012.
Starting June 5, 2012, Hawaiian Flight 51 will depart JFK daily at 10:00 a.m. and arrive at Honolulu International Airport at 3:00 p.m.
The new route will be inaugurated from Honolulu the day before on June 4, with the departure of Flight 50.
Flight 50 will depart Honolulu daily at 3:05 p.m. and arrive in New York City at 6:55 a.m. the following morning.
Hawaiian said the new flights from New York will add more than 107,000 new air seats annually to Hawaii?s tourism industry from the Eastern U.S., the state?s second-largest geographic source market for visitors.
"We?re the airline of choice for millions of people on the West Coast and in Asia, and we?re excited to be bringing the Hawaiian experience to New York," said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian?s president and CEO.
Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, said, "Hawaiian?s new service will generate an estimated $156 million in direct visitor spending and $17 million in state tax revenue annually for our tourism economy and will provide much desired direct air service to New York City making it more convenient and accessible for travelers from the East Coast."
Hawaiian will operate its New York-Honolulu route using its growing fleet of new Airbus A330-200 aircraft that seat 294 passengers, with 18 seats in First Class and the remainder in Economy Class.
Travelers will enjoy complimentary hot meals in all cabins, Hawaiian being the only carrier serving Hawaii that still offers this amenity.
In celebration of its new service, Hawaiian is offering special introductory fares of $212 each way in Economy Class and $808 each way in First Class.
212 and 808 being the area codes of New York City and Honolulu, respectively.
The introductory fares are available for purchase from today through November 20, 2011 and are valid for travel between June 4 and June 30, 2012. Seats are limited.
By 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Hawaiian Airlines sold more than 8,000 seats -- enough to fill 27 A330 aircraft.
The company had scheduled the introductory fare promotion to run for four days and it was nearly sold out in less than 12 hours.