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.
After an extensive evaluation of our future fleet needs, we're excited to announce that we've selected the @BoeingAirplanes 787 #Dreamliner to grow our medium to long-haul fleet. As part of the selection, we intend to purchase 10 787-9 jets. #AvGeek #Aviation pic.twitter.com/2Nqve7blLP
— Hawaiian Airlines (@HawaiianAir) March 6, 2018
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.
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