By Sonia Isotov
Hawaiian Airlines announced today that it will launch a daily nonstop service between New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Honolulu starting June 4, 2012, and is promoting the new service with introductory fares.
Starting June 5, 2012, Hawaiian Flight 51 will depart JFK daily at 10:00 a.m. and arrive at Honolulu International Airport at 3:00 p.m.
The new route will be inaugurated from Honolulu the day before on June 4, with the departure of Flight 50, familiarly known as “Hawaiian 5-0″. Flight 50 will depart Honolulu daily at 3:05 p.m. and arrive in New York City at 6:55 a.m. the following morning.
Hawaiian’s new flights from New York will add more than 107,000 new air seats annually to Hawaii’s tourism industry from the Eastern US, the state’s second-largest geographic source market for visitors.
“New York is an important part of our growth strategy. Hawaiian is the leading airline in Hawaii’s largest tourism market, the US West Coast, and we are expanding in Hawaii’s third largest market, Asia. Adding service to the largest market in the Eastern US, Hawaii’s second largest tourism market, was a logical step,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and chief executive officer, in a written statement.
“Hawaiian’s new service will generate an estimated $156 million in direct visitor spending and $17 million in state tax revenue annually for our tourism economy and will provide much desired direct air service to New York City making it more convenient and accessible for travelers from the East Coast. This flight is of strategic importance to promoting the Hawaiian Islands brand to our second largest market, and we look forward to welcoming our guests,” added McCartney.
Hawaiian will operate its New York-Honolulu route using its growing fleet of new Airbus A330-200 aircraft that seat 294 passengers, with 18 seats in First Class and the remainder in Economy Class.
In celebration of its new service, Hawaiian is offering special introductory fares of $212 each way in Economy Class and $808 each way in First Class (212 and 808 being the area codes of New York City and Honolulu, respectively). The introductory fares are available for purchase from today through November 20, 2011 and are valid for travel between June 4 and June 30, 2012.