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Hawaiian Airlines inaugurates new Fukuoka service

Hawaiian Airlines welcomed guests aboard its inaugural flights between Fukuoka Airport (FUK) and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) with festive gate-side celebrations in both cities as the carrier marked the start of its four-times-weekly nonstop service with Airbus A330 aircraft.

Honolulu to Fukuoka Launch 2

 

Hawai‘i’s flagship carrier delighted guests with performances by the Hawaiian Airlines Serenaders music and hula troupe, as well as fresh lei and special keepsakes including a canvas tote and luggage tag commemorating the airline’s inaugural flight.

Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram addressed guests in Honolulu to mark the return of service to its sister city. Ross Higashi, deputy director of the State of Hawai’i Department of Transportation – Airports and Koichi Ito, Consul General of Japan also offered congratulatory remarks before the inaugural flight, HA827, departed HNL on Nov. 26 at 11:20 a.m., arriving into FUK at 5:21 p.m. the following day.

L to R_ Japan Consul General Koichi Ito Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram and Hawaii Dept. of Transportation Deputy Di

Pictured L to R at HNL: Koichi Ito, Japan Consul General; Peter Ingram, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines; Ross Higashi, Deputy Director of Hawaii Dept. of Transportation.

 

In Fukuoka, Theo Panagiotoulias, Hawaiian’s senior vice president of global sales and alliances, and John C. Taylor, principal officer of the U.S. consulate in Fukuoka joined guests in celebrating HA828, which departed FUK at 7:55 p.m. on Nov. 27. The flight’s 8:45 a.m. scheduled arrival at HNL on the same day gives travelers the afternoon to explore O‘ahu or connect to one of Hawaiian’s seven neighbor island destinations.

Fukuoka to Honolulu Launch

Pictured L to R at FUK: Principal Officer John C Taylor, US Consulate Fukuoka; Mr. Satoshi Ishimoto, Head of Fukuoka Airport Branch, OSA JCAB, MLIT; Ms. Akie Oomagar, Vice Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture; Mr. Hiroaki Mitsuyama, Vice Mayor of Fukuoka City; Mr. Tetsuya Nagasao, CEO of FIAC; Ms. Mitsue Varley, Japan Country Director, Hawaii Tourism Japan; Jeff Helfrick, Vice President of Airport Operations, Hawaiian Airlines; Kahu La‘akea Arista.

 

Guests traveling between Fukuoka and Honolulu will enjoy the roominess and comfort of Hawaiian’s Airbus A330 aircraft, which features 18 fully flat Premium Cabin leather seats arranged in a 2-2-2 configuration tailored for couples, families and honeymooners while offering great functionality to business travelers. Hawaiian also offers 68 of its popular Extra Comfort seats with more legroom and enhanced amenities, in addition to 192 Main Cabin seats. All guests will enjoy Hawaiian’s award-winning hospitality, including island-inspired meals prepared by Hawai‘i’s top chefs, as well as new in-flight amenities by Kealopiko, designers of contemporary island apparel.

Hawai‘i has strong historical ties to Fukuoka dating back to 1885 when the first 149 immigrants arrived on the ship Yamashiromaru to work in Hawai‘i following King David Kalakaua’s signing of a treaty of reciprocity with Japan.

A century later, in 1981, the State of Hawai‘i passed a resolution establishing a Sister-State relationship with Fukuoka Prefecture, the first one in Hawai‘i’s history. Then- Hawai‘i Gov. George Ariyoshi, whose father Ryozo Ariyoshi came to Honolulu from Fukuoka, led the Sister-State initiative.

Fukuoka becomes Hawaiian’s fourth gateway city in Japan, which complements its existing network of nonstop service connecting the Hawaiian Islands with Osaka, Sapporo, and Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports. The carrier now operates 35 weekly nonstop flights between Japan and Hawai‘i and will begin additional daily servicebetween HNL and Tokyo Haneda on March 28.

Skymark Airlines to ground its Airbus A330s, will cut 15% of its flights as it reorganizes

Skymark Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) announced today (January 29) it was filing for bankruptcy protection with the district court in Tokyo. The reorganizing airline announced it would eliminate 15 percent of its flights and ground its Airbus A330-300s on January 31 according to ZipanguFlyer.

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Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. The Airbus A330-300s only entered revenue service on June 14, 2014. Airbus A330-343 JA330E (msn 1554) lands in Fukuoka.

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Japan Airlines and S7 Airlines to expand their code share agreement

Japan Airlines (JAL) (Tokyo) and S7 Airlines (Novosibirsk), both members of oneworld®, have agreed to further expand the code share flights with adding 12 domestic destinations in Russia from March 19, 2014.

The new codeshare routes between Moscow (Domodedovo) and domestic cities in Russia includes Saint Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia, and also Sochi, which is the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as other attractive cities. 

Routes between Moscow (Domodedovo) and domestic cities in Russia

 

・Moscow = St. Petersburg

・Moscow = Perm

・Moscow = Samara

・Moscow = Ufa

・Moscow = Kazan

・Moscow = Chelyabinsk

・Moscow = Yekaterinburg

・Moscow = Volgograd

・Moscow = Nizhny Novgorod

・Moscow = Krasnodar

・Moscow = Rostov

・Moscow = Sochi

* Code share flights are subject to government approval.

* All of the above flights are operated by S7.

* Flight schedule and dates are subject to changes. Please visit JAL website for the latest information.

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. JAL-Japan Airlines’ Boeing 777-246 JA8985 (msn 27652) in the special Tokyo Disney Resort – 30th Anniversary livery taxies at Fukuoka.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. S7 Airlines added its first Airbus A321, the pictured A321-211 VQ-BQH (msn 3070) in September 2013.

 

Hawaiian to drop the Fukuoka, Japan route

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced it will suspend its daily service to Fukuoka this summer.  Hawaiian Airlines flight HA 453 will make its final trip from Honolulu to Fukuoka on June 29, 2014, and HA 454 will make its final return from Fukuoka to Honolulu on June 30, 2014.

Passengers with reservations to fly after June 30 will be re-accommodated. The airline’s reservations department will be contacting affected passengers in the next several weeks. The airline will continue to accept reservations for travel between Honolulu and Fukuoka prior to June 30, 2014.

The Fukuoka daily service was launched on April 16, 2012.  Hawaiian Airlines also provides daily service to Tokyo and Osaka, and thrice-weekly service to Sendai and Sapporo.

Fukuoka was the third destination in Japan, following Tokyo (November 2010) and Osaka (July 2011).

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N382HA (msn 1171) taxies at Los Angeles.

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ANA and Garuda Indonesia move closer with a new partnership, both airlines will launch a Tokyo Haneda-Jakarta route

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) and Garuda Indonesia (Jakarta) have announced a comprehensive partnership under which the two airlines will code share on flights between the two countries and will allow passengers to be able to collect and redeem miles on Frequent Flyer Program of both airlines.

From March 30, 2014, ANA will operate new route between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Jakarta Airport, followed by Garuda Indonesia opening the same route from the first quarter of 2014. These new flights will increase the number of weekly flights operated by the two carriers between Japan and Indonesia to 53 – comprising 14 ANA flights and 39 Garuda Indonesia flights. Both airlines will be providing improved and expanded customer service concurrent with this agreement and network expansion.

ANA and Garuda will allocate code share flight numbers to flights between Japan and Indonesia operated by each airline.
Passengers on ANA flights arriving in Jakarta will be able to travel on to maximum of 10 Indonesian routes such as Jogjakarta or Denpasar on code share flights operated by Garuda Indonesia while passengers on Garuda Indonesia flights arriving at Haneda Airport, Narita Airport or Kansai International Airport will be able to travel on to maximum of 11 Japanese routes such as Chitose or Nagoya using code share flights operated by ANA.

The two airlines will also start discussions on a partnership between their respective mileage programs. The details of joint mileage program, including the start date, will be announced separately on both companies’ websites when decided.

Top Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. ANA’s Boeing 777-281 JA702A (msn 27033) arrives in Fukuoka.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 PK-GPM (msn 1214) of Garuda Indonesia approaches Amsterdam for landing.

Link Airs is a non-starter, files for bankruptcy

Link Airs (Fukuoka) was a planned regional start-up in Japan. According to CAPA, the paper airline was planning a spring 2014 debut, operating two ATR 72-600s initially on routes from Fukuoka to Kitakyushu including five times daily Fukuoka-Miyazaki, three times daily Fukuoka-Matsuyama and daily Kitakyushu-Matsuyama services.

However the new airline won’t fly after the two prospective ATR 72-600s (JA01LK and JA02LK) were painted at Toulouse. The company, established on April 5, 2012, filed for bankruptcy protection on December 10, 2013 after failing to raise enough capital to start operations. The airline will now be liquidated. The would-be airline owed around eighty creditors according to local reports.

The airline had a technical and training support agreement with StarFlyer. Link Airs applied for an AOC in July 2013.

Link Airs would have been the first operator of ATR aircraft in Japan.

Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) with the test registration of F-WWET at Toulouse would have become JA02LK on delivery that never happened.

JAL to retire the last McDonnell Douglas DC-9-81 (MD-81) at the end of September

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) will be retiring the last McDonnell Douglas DC-9-81 (MD-81) (all ex-JAS) at the end of September. As a way of saying goodbye to the classic, JAL will conduct a “MD-81 Farewell Tour” on September 19-20. On the first day, the aircraft (registration is undecided at this time) will depart from Osaka (KIX) at 8:45 a.m. (0845), arriving at Oki (OKI) at 9:45 a.m. (0945). At Oki passengers will be able to walk around the tarmac to take photos of the aircraft. At 3 p.m. (1500), the airliner will leave Oki for Sapporo (CTS), arriving at 5 p.m. (1700). On the second day, the aircraft will leave CTS
at 7:45 a.m. (0745), arriving at OKI at 9:45 a.m. (0945). Passengers on the special flight will again be able to take photos, plus the aircraft will perform touch-and-go’s on this day. At 4:30 p.m. (1630) the airliner will leave OKI for KIX, arriving at 5:35 p.m. (1745). Tickets are being sold by JALTours.

In other retirement news, JAL quietly phased out its last three Boeing 767-200s. JA8231 was withdrawn from service in December 2009 and both JA8232 and JA8233 were withdrawn from scheduled service in March 2010 and became back-up equipment. JA8233 left the fleet on June 4, 2010 followed by JA8232 on June 11, 2010.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-81 (MD-81) JA8553 (msn 53298) prepares to land at Fukuoka.