Hawaiian wins right to serve Honolulu-Tokyo (Haneda)

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has been granted tentative approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to operate one daily flight between Honolulu and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

Hawaiian’s route application to DOT proposes twice-daily flights between Honolulu and Haneda International Airport starting in late October. Both of Hawaiian’s proposed daily flights are conveniently scheduled to depart Haneda shortly before midnight and arrive in Honolulu around noon the same day, allowing Tokyo-area travelers to depart after a full day of work and dinner and arrive in time to enjoy a first afternoon in Hawaii. The return flights would both depart Honolulu in early evening and arrive at Haneda around 10:00 p.m. the next day. (Tokyo is 19 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)

HA plans to initially service the Honolulu-Tokyo flights with its Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft seating up to 264 passengers, before adding its new and larger 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft onto the route.

The Tokyo-Honolulu flights are a first step in Hawaiian’s long-term plan to expand its service in Asia and other international destinations using the 27 new Airbus A330s and A350s that the company expects to integrate into its fleet over the coming decade.