Hawaiian Airlines plans to inaugurate nonstop service between Honolulu and Taipei, Taiwan in July.

The carrier will operate its 294-seat Airbus A330 aircraft on the new route, which will operate thrice weekly and will add an estimated 46,000 seats to the Hawaiian Islands annually.

“We have long known that there is demand for a Hawaii vacation in Taiwan, but visits have been impeded by the cost, complexity and time it has taken its citizens to apply for a U.S. visitor visa,” Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Now that Taiwan is part of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, we are delighted to be adding Taipei as the latest city in Hawaiian’s growing Asia network.”

Hawaiian’s announcement of the Honolulu-Taipei service, currently the only scheduled nonstop linking the two cities, comes just two months after Taiwan’s admittance to the U.S. Visa Waiver program.

Taipei is the ninth gateway city Hawaiian has announced new service to since November 2010. The others are Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Sapporo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; New York; Brisbane, Australia; and Auckland, New Zealand.  

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