Hawaiian Airlines has announced plans to begin nonstop service three times a week between Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, in March of 2013.
“New Zealanders are avid travelers, and we believe the introduction of new nonstop flights with our winning brand of service will be welcomed in meeting pent-up demand for a Hawaii vacation,” Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “At the same time, our new service will offer Hawaii residents easy access to the natural wonders and Maori culture of New Zealand.”
The carrier will operate a 264-seat Boeing 767-300ER on the new route, adding more than 40,000 seats annually between Honolulu and Auckland, along with another $50 million in yearly visitor spending, according to Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) estimates.
In related news, Hawaiian Airlines also announced last week that it increased its nonstop service between Honolulu and Seoul, South Korea, from four times a week to daily flights effective July 15. The additional service will add another 40,000 seats annually to the carrier’s existing Honolulu-Seoul route, introduced in January 2011.
“Demand for our Korea service grew steadily over its first year as we expected, and we couldn’t be more pleased about expanding to daily service and the increasing benefits this will bring to Hawaii’s visitor industry,” said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer, in a statement.
Hawaiian currently operates Boeing 767-300s on its Honolulu-Seoul segment but said it plans to eventually introduce one of its new 294-passenger Airbus A330-200s to the route.