plans to work with another U.S. carrier to provide feed for its new Honolulu-New York service.
While nothing definite has been decided, Hawaiian is working on an agreement with an airline that offers East Coast flights from New York John F., a spokesman tells Aviation Week. However, the carrier is not looking to strike a deal for international connecting services because the timing of the New York-Honolulu flight is incompatible with European connections. The flight schedule is designed for local traffic and regional connections.
Hawaiian expects the daily flight will add 107,000 seats per year on the route, CEO Mark Dunkerley tells Aviation Week. The East Coast is the second-largest source of visitors to Hawaii after the West Coast and ahead of Japan, Dunkerley says. “We see the New York market as underserved.” The new market will enhance Hawaiian’s brand presence in the East Coast, Dunkerley says, but there are no immediate plans to expand beyond New York. “Our expansion plans for the East Coast will be driven in large part by how we do in New York.”
The New York route, announced Nov. 16, will be made possible by new deliveries of-200s. The airline currently has five A330s in its fleet, and expects to add four more in the first half of 2012, the spokesman says. The flight is due to launch June 4, and its 10-hr. duration will be about the same as the carrier’s current longest flights from Hawaii to Manila and Sydney.
In addition to New York, Hawaiian is opening a long-haul A330 route to Fukuoka, Japan, on April 16.
Separately, Airbus said Thursday that Hawaiian has increased its order for A330-200s by signing for five additional aircraft. Hawaiian now has commitments for 22 A330s, including four leased aircraft, the airframer says.