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Hawaiian Airlines expands service to Australia

Published On: Jun 19 2012 09:19:00 AM HST
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HONOLULU -

Hawaiian Airlines will begin offering nonstop flights between Honolulu and Brisbane, Australia, three times weekly starting November 27.

Hawaiian will become the only U.S. carrier to operate service to Brisbane.

Adding Brisbane service will increase Hawaiian's weekly flights between Honolulu and Australia to 10, with daily services already operating to Australia's largest city, Sydney.

President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said Brisbane would serve not only as the airline's second gateway to Australia, but also as an important new source of tourism to Hawaii.

"Australians love Hawaii as a holiday destination, and visitor numbers have grown steadily since Hawaiian inaugurated service on the Sydney-Honolulu route in 2004," Dunkerley said.  "That service reawakened Australian awareness and interest in Hawaii, which had been under-served for over a decade."

Hawaiian's Brisbane service will add more than 40,000 seats annually between Australia and Hawaii, and will increase its total seat numbers from Australia by 38 percent.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority estimates that Hawaiian's Brisbane-Honolulu service will generate $83 million in visitor expenditures and $9 million in tax revenue annually for Hawaii.

Centrally located on Australia's East Coast, Brisbane is the capital city of the State of Queensland, home of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, world heritage listed rainforests, iconic outback locations and the renowned leisure regions of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

Brisbane is also a key hub for onward travel throughout Australia, and Hawaiian's new flights will be timed to connect with same-day services throughout Queensland and to other states, through a partnership with Virgin Australia.

Ticket sales for the new service will start at a date to be announced.

Hawaiian Airlines HA 443 will department Honolulu at 10:20 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, cross the international dateline and land in Brisbane at 4 p.m. the following day, in time for onward connections to destinations throughout Australia.  Journey time is approximately nine hours.

The return service, flight HA 444, will depart Brisbane at 6:35 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, cross the international dateline and arrive in Honolulu at 8:05 a.m. the same day, providing not only an early arrival into Honolulu, but the ability for passengers to connect with onward Hawaiian Airlines flights to Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island.

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