Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: November 26, 2001

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES posted a third-quarter profit of $12 million with the help of an $8.5 million federal grant following the Sept. 11 attacks. That brings the airline's profit to $15.2 million in the first nine months of the year. "Thankfully, immediately following Sept. 11, very few of our customers canceled their travel plans," said Paul Casey, Hawaiian Airlines CEO. "However, the pace of new bookings dropped precipitously. We have since succeeded in stimulating more demand with tactical fare sales, [but] these sales will likely diminish overall yields and revenues in the next two quarters."

PLEASANT HAWAIIAN HOLIDAYS added six new properties to its brochure for 2002: the Ohana Waikiki Malia on Oahu; the Outrigger Palms at Wailea on Maui; the Sugar Beach Resort on Maui; and the Islands at Mauna Lani, Mauna Lani Point and the Hilo Bay Hotel, all on the Big Island. Pleasant now sells rooms at 120 properties in Hawaii.

ALOHA AIRLINES is offering travel agents and their spouses a fare of $199 per person, roundtrip from Oakland and John Wayne airports in California and from Las Vegas to Honolulu, Maui or the Big Island through Jan. 31. Agents must meet certain requirements such as having one year of service at their current agency and having a valid IATAN identification card.

SUNTRIPS is having a sale on seven-night packages from San Francisco to Hawaii with air, car and accommodations from $459 to $839 per person, double, depending on the island. The sale is good through January on selected departures. Call (800) 786-8747.

THE ORCHID AT MAUNA LANI is offering a travel agent rate in 2002 for $139 a night per room in a gardenview unit. The offer is good for three nights maximum from Jan. 2 through Dec. 20. Call (800) 845-9905.

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