Maui Business

JAL to Launch Daily Non-Stop Route to Kona

June 1, 2017, 8:14 AM HST
* Updated June 1, 2:19 PM
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The state has announced details of new daily non-stop service from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport to Kona aboard Japan Airlines.

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The new service is an addition to JAL’s six current non-stop flights between Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Honolulu.

The airline has offered continuous service to Hawaiʻi for more than 60 years.

“Over the years, JAL has played a significant role in the expansion of our state’s tourism industry, economy and the cultural exchange we enjoy with Japan. We are excited about the new daily service to Kona, which is well on its way to becoming Hawai‘i’s second major international port of entry,” said Governor David Ige.

The new service starts Sept. 15, and is expected to result in about $84.2 million in visitor expenditures, and about $9.8 million in state tax revenue, according to the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.  The service will also support about 900 jobs on Hawaiʻi Island.

JAL Hawaiʻi Network. PC: JAL.

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The Narita/Kona flights will operate with fully revamped JAL SKY SUITE 767 (767-300ER) aircraft with occupancy for 199 passengers.

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The flights will depart Narita at 9:25 p.m. and arrive in Kona at 10:15 a.m. Service from Kona will depart at 12:15 p.m. and arrive in Narita at 4 p.m. the next day. Schedules are subject to government approval.

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