Thursday, November 8, 2012

JAL Increases International Fare Fuel Surcharge

jal-tsuru-logo.jpg Japan Airlines will increase the international fare fuel surcharge on all tickets issued between December 1st 2012 and Jan 31st, 2013.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has requested for approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to revise up the fuel surcharges applied on all international passenger tickets issued between December 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013 as detailed below.

JAL sets fuel surcharge levels bimonthly based on the 2-month average price of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel. The price of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel during the two month period of August and September 2012 averaged US$130.89 per barrel. With reference to the benchmark list for fiscal year 2012 (see below), this corresponds to Zone H of fuel surcharges which from December 2012, will range from 2,500 yen on a Japan - Korea ticket to 26,000 yen on a Japan - USA ticket per person per sector flown, on tickets purchased in Japan.

This level of surcharge will be applied to all international passenger tickets issued between December 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013.

Fuel Surcharge for tickets issued until November 30, 2012

Japan - Hawaii: US$ 170.00 (one-way)

Fuel Surcharge for December 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013

Japan - Hawaii: US$ 208.00 (one-way)

See the Japan Airlines website for more information.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hawaiian Adds Direct Flights to New Zealand

logo-hawaiian-air.gif Hawaiian Airlines announced that it will begin nonstop flights between Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand beginning in March 2013.

Hawaiian will fly three times a week with two-aisle Boeing 767 jets on the route and offer more than 40,000 seats per year. Sales of tickets and flight schedules are to be announced at a later date.

Hawaiian has recently added a number of international destinations including Tokyo, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Seoul and Brisbane in addition to inter-island service and flights to the U.S. mainland.

Contact Naka’s Travel to book your Hawaiian flights direct to Sapporo today!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hawaiian Adds Direct Flights to Sapporo Japan

logo-hawaiian-air.gif Hawaiian Airlines announced Wednesday that it would add flights to Sapporo, Japan starting in November 2012.

Hawaiian also flies to other Japanese destinations - Tokyo (launched in November 2010), Osaka (July 2011) and Fukuoka (April 2012).

Sapporo will become Hawaiian’s fourth Japanese destination, with three flights a week on the route, pending the expected approval of Japanese regulators.

Hawaiian will use 264-seat Boeing 767-300ER jets for its Sapporo flights.

Contact Naka’s Travel to book your Hawaiian flights direct to Sapporo today!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Delta Air Lines Starts Direct Honolulu to Fukuoka Flights

delta-skymiles.jpg Delta Air Lines announced new nonstop seasonal service between Fukuoka, Japan, and Honolulu, beginning Dec. 28th.

The flight will be operated using 209-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, with 35 seats in BusinessElite and 174 seats in Economy, including Delta’s new Economy Comfort section.

“Our new nonstop service from Fukuoka is Delta’s fourth Honolulu market from Japan, and further strengthen Delta’s network in Japan,” said Jeffrey Bernier, managing director – Asia Pacific Sales and Affairs. “Fukuoka-Honolulu will be the ninth overall resort market that Delta serves from Japan, and it underscores Delta’s ongoing commitment to our Japanese service.

“We have been working closely with our industry partners to make this new service a reality, and that cooperation has resulted in this high-quality new service for our customers,” Bernier said.

”We very much welcome Delta’s decision to launch nonstop flight between Fukuoka and Honolulu, especially in this 30th anniversary year of sister state relationship,” said Fukuoka prefecture Governor Hiroshi Ogawa. “With this new flight, we expect the partnership between Fukuoka and Hawaii will be developed much further. “

Delta currently operates nonstop flights to Honolulu from Tokyo-Narita, Osaka-KIX, and Nagoya-Centrair. With the addition of Fukuoka, Delta connects the four major cities in Japan with the Honolulu.

Delta is the No.1 U.S. airline operating in the Japan market. Delta operates nonstop flights from its Asian hub at the Tokyo-Narita Airport to nine U.S. mainland gateways, four beach resorts – Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, and Palau – and 9 destinations in Asia. Delta also operates daily flights from Tokyo-Haneda airport, Osaka’s Kansai International Airport and Nagoya’s Centrair Airport.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year, and was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2011 World’s Most Admired Companies airline industry list. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 339 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline’s service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Delta is investing more than $2 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hawaiian Adds Direct Flights to Fukuoka

logo-hawaiian-air.gif Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will add daily nonstop flights between Honolulu and Fukuoka, its third destination in Japan, beginning in April 2012, pending Japan government approval. Fukuoka will be the fourth destination in Asia that Hawaiian has introduced recently to its route network, following the launches of service to Tokyo in November 2010, Seoul in January 2011, and Osaka in July 2011.

“Demand for our services in Japan from Tokyo and Osaka has been extremely strong, and we are responding to similar demand for Hawaii from the travel community in Fukuoka,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO. “Our new Fukuoka flights will expand Hawaiian’s reach into an entirely new region of Japan, while providing a substantial boost to Hawaii’s visitor industry.”

Travelers from Fukuoka will enjoy the authentic presentation of Hawaiian’s award-winning “Hawaii Flies With Us” inflight hospitality service, which evokes Hawaii’s friendly culture and natural beauty. The new flights will also feature Hawaiian’s exclusive pan-Asian inflight cuisine, Japanese entertainment options and special onboard products designed for travelers from Japan.

Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and the economic center of Kyushu, the third largest and most southerly of Japan’s four main islands. Altogether, Kyushu has approximately 13 million residents, of which approximately five million residents live in Fukuoka Prefecture.

Japan’s oldest city and the closest major Japan city to mainland Asia, Fukuoka is known for its vibrant culture, entertainment and nightlife, easy accessibility in and around the city, and its natural attractions, including some of Japan’s best beaches. Fukuoka consistently ranks high in quality of life surveys for cities worldwide.

Hawaiian’s new Fukuoka flights will add approximately 100,000 new air seats annually to Hawaii from Japan, the state’s second-largest market for visitors. In addition, Fukuoka Airport’s proximity to Korea, China and other Asian countries will enhance Hawaiian’s ability to attract customers from other regions of the Asian continent, as well as other cities in southern Japan via high-speed rail transportation.

“Congratulations to Hawaiian Airlines on its announcement of direct service between Honolulu and Fukuoka,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority. “The new direct flight is outstanding news for Hawaii’s visitor industry. This will be the only year-round daily scheduled service to Hawaii from Fukuoka, our sister state. It is another sign that Japan is on its way to recovery and there is increasing demand for travel to Hawaii. The HTA estimates the flight will provide $154 million in visitor spending and $16.8 million in tax revenue annually. The HTA is committed to supporting Hawaiian Airlines to ensure the long-term success of this new route.”

Subject to Japan government approval, starting April 16, 2012, Hawaiian Flight #453 will depart Honolulu International Airport daily at 1:20 p.m. and arrive at Fukuoka Airport at 6:40 p.m. the next day. Starting April 17, Flight #454 will depart Fukuoka daily at 9:00 p.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 10:00 a.m. the same day. (Fukuoka is 19 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)

The start of ticket sales for the new Honolulu-Fukuoka route will be announced in the coming weeks on Hawaiian’s Japanese-language website at www.HawaiianAirlines.co.jp, and its English-language website, www.HawaiianAirlines.com.

Hawaiian will initially operate the new Honolulu-Fukuoka flights with its wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that comfortably seats up to 264 passengers, before introducing its new and larger wide-body, twin-aisle 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft onto the route.

Hawaiian is on schedule to welcome its fifth new A330 to the fleet next month and will take delivery of four more A330s in 2012.

Hawaiian has already begun hiring to fill the more than 400 new staff positions being added to accommodate its expansion plans for 2012. Over the next six months, the company expects to hire 56 additional pilots, 275 additional flight attendants, 38 additional airport customer service agents and 40 additional maintenance personnel to be based in Honolulu. Applications can be submitted online at www.HawaiianAirlines.com.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past seven years (2004-2010) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the top domestic airline offering flights to Hawaii. Hawaiian was also the nation’s highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in the prestigious Airline Quality Rating (AQR) study for 2008 and 2009.

Now in its 82nd year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state’s primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 150 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at www.HawaiianAirlines.com.