Hawaiian Airlines to fly to Seoul (Incheon)

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) announced that it will introduce new nonstop flights between Honolulu and Seoul-Incheon International Airport starting in January 2011, pending approval from South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM).

The announcement follows Hawaiian’s plans to begin daily service between Honolulu and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport later this year and is seen as the latest step in Hawaiian’s long-term plans to expand its service in Asia.

Hawaiian will initially operate its new service four times weekly using 264-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft (later with the pictured new Airbus A330-200 aircraft), adding more than 54,000 new air seats annually between Honolulu and Incheon. The company plans to increase service on the route in 2011 as its long range fleet expansion progresses.

Flight HA 459 is planned to depart Honolulu International Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1:15 p.m. (1315) and arrive at Incheon International Airport at 8:00 p.m. (2000) the following day. Flight HA 460 will depart Incheon on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 10:00 p.m. (2200) and arrive in Honolulu at 10:45 a.m. (1045) the same day. South Korea is 19 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.

Copyright Photo: The first Airbus A330-243 F-WWYX (msn 1104) at Toulouse became N380HA on delivery.