Sendai, Japan, is the latest travel destination in the growing Asian-Pacific route network of Hawaiian Airlines, which maintains a hub in Honolulu, Hawaii, the state capital of the island state.
Hawaii is an important travel destination for Japanese tourists.
“This flight will provide visitors from Northern Japan with greater access to the Hawaiian Islands and will help us in our efforts to reach two million visitors by 2016, a goal we set with the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA),” says Mike McCartney, President and CEO of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority.
“We look forward to sharing our islands’ unique culture and aloha spirit with visitors from Sendai.”
Hawaiian Airlines already flies to the following cities in Japan: Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo’s Haneda Field, which is substantially closer to Downtown Tokyo than Tokyo Narita International Airport.
Expanding Asia Pacific Route Network
In addition to Japan, Hawaiian Airlines also flies to American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Tahiti.
It will launch nonstop service between Honolulu and Taipei, Taiwan, on 9 July 2013 and between Honolulu and Beijing, China, in April 2014, pending government approval.
Hawaiian Airlines recently stopped serving Manila in the Philippines because of disappointing payloads.
Hawaiian Airlines has about 160 daily flights within and Hawaiian Islands. The Honolulu based air carrier also flies non stop to 11 cities on the US mainland.