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Hawaiian Airlines Celebrates Five Years of Service to Seoul

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Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.

Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.

Hawaiian Airlines celebrated its fifth anniversary of successful service between Honolulu International Airport and Seoul, South Korea, its first destination on the Asian continent.

Since launching its four-times-weekly service on Jan. 12, 2011, Hawaiian has operated more than 2,800 flights and carried nearly 600,000 guests between Honolulu and Seoul’s Incheon International Airport.

“Korean tourism to Hawai‘i has more than doubled since we started service, and flights to Seoul continue to be a vital and important part of our network,” said Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Airlines. “Travelers appreciate our value for-money offerings, including free checked luggage, premium inflight amenities and the authentic Hawaiian hospitality delivered to every guest. Our employees embody the culture and inherent beauty of our island home, and proudly share the transformative sights, sounds and taste of Hawai‘i the moment you step onboard.”

Before Hawaiian’s entry, the Korean market was underserved. In 2010, Hawai‘i received only 81,758 visitors from South Korea, compared to 178,091 visiting Hawaii in 2014.


Following strong demand from both US and Korean travelers, Hawaiian increased its service to Seoul in the spring of 2014 from a Boeing 767-300ER to the larger A330 aircraft, seating 294 passengers in a three-class cabin (18 in First Class, 40 in Extra Comfort and 236 in the Main Cabin).

Operating the larger A330 aircraft added more than 18,300 seats annually to both travel markets.

Hawaiian now offers non-stop flights five days a week.

Hawaiian Airlines’ A330 offers popular amenities including personal high-resolution LCD touch-screen
monitors in each seatback, increased legroom, and a roomy interior. The A330’s state-of-the-art
entertainment system lets customers choose from a wide range of movies, with at least three new Koreanproduced
selections; TV programs; music; and video games; while also offering a USB port for the use of
their own personal media players.



Flight        Route        Departs       Arrives            Frequency
HA 459     HNL-ICN   1:15 p.m.    8 p.m. (+1)      Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun
HA 460     ICN-HNL   1 p.m.         11 a.m.           Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun

Starting next summer, Hawaiian will further enhance the travel experience aboard the A330 by introducing 180-degree lie-flat seats and adding 28 more Extra Comfort seats for a total of 68.

Extra Comfort features five more inches of legroom; priority boarding at the gate; complimentary on-demand in-seat entertainment; and a personal power outlet.


The first newly outfitted aircraft will enter Hawaiian’s long-haul network in the second quarter of 2016.

Go online for more information.

Tickets for the Incheon flights may be purchased online via Hawaiian’s Korean-language website. Hawaiian’s sales office in South Korea can be reached at at 82-2-775-5552.

Purchase tickets on Hawaiian’s English-language website or call 1-800-367-5320.


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