Hawaiian Airlines orders more A330s for Tokyo, Seoul routes

Hawaiian Airlines plans to order six new Airbus A330-200 aircraft between 2012 and 2015, increasing its total A330 fleet to 16.

"These additional widebody A330s further cement our commitment to providing the highest-quality product in our markets," Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO, said in a statement. "They will also give us more flexibility as we pursue domestic and international expansion opportunities and replace our existing long-haul fleet in the coming years."

Hawaiian took delivery of its first three Airbus A330-200s, which currently fly between Honolulu and either Las Vegas or Los Angeles, earlier this year.

After inaugurating service between Honolulu and Tokyo's downtown Haneda Airport Nov. 17, Hawaiian plans to offer flights between Honolulu and Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea, beginning Jan. 12. Although the carrier will initially operate both routes with its older Boeing 767 planes, Hawaiian has said the new A330s will take over those flights in the future.

Kauai hotel now a Courtyard

Behringer Harvard and Texas-based JMI Realty purchased the Aston Kauai Beach at Makaiwa in a joint venture this October and announced plans to rename the 311-room property Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach.

Memphis-based Davidson Hotel Co. was introduced as the hotel's new management firm Nov. 15.

"We are pleased that a management company of the highest caliber will play an important role in repositioning the Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach," Richard Frank, senior vice president of Behringer Harvard, said in a statement. "Davidson Hotel Co. has proven expertise in managing hotels operating under the most prestigious hotel brands in the U.S., including the Courtyard by Marriott brand."

Work on a multimillion-dollar, 18-month renovation started this fall at the Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach.

Spending, arrivals up

Total expenditures by visitors to Hawaii during October surged 24.7% when compared with the same period last year. Travelers spent $961.5 million during the month, an increase of $190.6 million from October 2009, according to preliminary statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority Nov. 30.

Through the first 10 months of this year, Hawaii welcomed 5.9 million visitors, or 7.8% more than during same period one year ago.
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