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Hawaiian Airlines adding seasonal fourth weekly Brisbane flight

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 6, 2019

Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-200 H380HA takes off from Brisbane. (Aaron Taylor)
Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-200 H380HA takes off from Brisbane. (Aaron Taylor)

Hawaiian Airlines is adding a fourth weekly flight between Brisbane and Honolulu during the upcoming school holiday period.

The additional service was scheduled to operate between September 16 and October 13, Hawaiian Airlines said on Tuesday.

Hawaiian Airlines regional director for Australia and New Zealand Andrew Stanbury said the seasonal increase was in response to strong demand from the Queensland market to both Honolulu and the United States mainland.

Further, Stanbury said the recent expansion of a codeshare partnership with Virgin Australia covering both the Brisbane-Honolulu service, as well as Australian domestic flights from Brisbane, had also led to “significant uplift from other Queensland cities”.

“Both factors made it an easy decision to boost capacity for the Queensland market during the peak school holiday period,” Stanbury said in a statement.


Hawaiian Airlines has served Brisbane from its Honolulu hub since 2012, first with Boeing 767-300ERs and then Airbus A330-200s.

In the years since, the schedule has fluctuated between three and four weekly flights, depending on demand and time of year.

Since April, Virgin Australia has placed its VA airline code on Hawaiian Airlines’ Brisbane-Honolulu nonstop flight as part of an expanded partnership between the two carriers.

Similarly, Hawaiian has put its HA airline code on Virgin Australia-operated flights from Brisbane and Sydney to Cairns, Mackay, Melbourne and Townsville from April 3, as well as on select trans-Tasman services, including Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Wellington.

Hawaiian Airlines and Virgin Australia have had a codeshare agreement in place since 2011.

There are also reciprocal frequent flyer benefits for members of Virgin Australia’s Velocity and Hawaiian Airlines’ HawaiianMiles.

Hawaiian Airlines serves three destinations in Oceania. In addition to Brisbane, it has flown to Sydney from its Honolulu hub since 2004 and to Auckland in New Zealand since March 2013.

Auckland has between four and five flights a week and Sydney is either six times weekly or daily, according to schedules on the Hawaiian website.

All its services to Australia and New Zealand are operated by A330-200s configured with 18 first class seats, 68 extra comfort economy seats and 192 standard economy seats for a total of 278.

In March 2018, the airline announced an order for 10 Boeing 787-9s and purchase rights for a further 10 aircraft.

First delivery was expected in early 2021.

Qantas (Sydney-Honolulu) and its low-cost carrier Jetstar (Melbourne-Honolulu and Sydney-Honolulu) were the only two other airlines offering nonstop flights between Australia and Hawaii. Meanwhile, Air New Zealand has nonstop flights between Auckland and Honolulu.

Flight Number/Routing
Days of operation

HA443 Honolulu-Brisbane

Wednesday, Friday, Sunday (year round)
Monday (September 16-October 12 2019)



HA444 Brisbane-Honolulu

Monday, Thursday, Saturday (year round)
Tuesday (September 16-October 12 2019)




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Comments (5)

  • Mike


    Your very first sentence should read “fourth weekly flight”.

    • australianaviation.com.au


      Apologies for the error Mike. the story has been corrected.

  • Harrison


    Every time I see Hawaiian Airlines on this website I always cross my fingers for Melbourne flights but its never Melbourne flights

  • Lechuga


    Need to start Melbourne flights, hopefully it’s one of the first with their 787s.

  • R A


    Don’t hold your breath the B787 won’t be first placed on Melbourne flights, but will be used for East Coast USA flights (New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, etc) and the Hawaiian CEO has said that he hopes to operate direct flights to Europe (London, Paris, Germany, etc) from Hawaii with the 787’s.
    Most likely the first few months of flights will be short flights to get crew familiar with new aircraft type (like Qantas did when they get the first few 787’s).
    Melbourne would be low priority for Hawaiian, Jetstar operates direct MEL-HNL flights 3 Weekly services (JQ001/JQ002) and if there is demand for daily services they would have increased capacity.
    MEL-HNL route would be mainly leisure route with limited business traffic which will make it less attractive for airlines.
    On a positive note there are so many flights to SYD or BNE from MEL so that you can connect to HNL in one day if you can get on one of Jetstar’s direct flights.
    But fingers crossed anyway.

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