Hawaiian Airlines has announced plans to begin daily nonstop service between Honolulu and Tokyo’s Narita Airport in July.
The new route will complement the carrier’s existing daily nonstop service between Honolulu and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
“We’ve had the pleasure of carrying more than 800,000 visitors between Haneda and Honolulu since the launch of our daily A330 service more than five years ago,” Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “With average load factors routinely exceeding 90%, it is clear Japanese travelers have chosen Hawaiian as their carrier of choice when visiting our beautiful islands.”
Hawaiian will operate Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the new Narita-Honolulu segment, accommodating 294 total passengers with 18 business-class seats, 40 in the carrier’s Extra Comfort category and 236 seats in economy.
The daily Narita flight will be Hawaiian’s 11th international route, connecting the Aloha State via nonstops to gateways in Asia and Oceania. The carrier now serves four airports in Japan: Haneda, Narita, Sapporo and Osaka.
Hawaii’s largest international market, Japanese travelers accounted for 18% of the Aloha State’s more than 8 million total visitor arrivals in 2014, according to Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) research.
The HTA expects Hawaiian’s new daily Narita-Honolulu nonstop will generate $130 million in visitor spending annually.