Hawaiian Airlines completed (14-Sep-2012) its application to operate daily Kona-Tokyo Haneda service. Included in the application to the US Department of Transportation (DoT) were 175 letters of support for the route from businesses and individuals throughout the state. “Our application did an extremely good job of outlining the public benefit in establishing a daily nonstop route between Tokyo and Kona,” said Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO Mark Dunkerley, who added, “This route would bring an additional $74 million into the state and U.S. economies every year, supporting an additional 1,400 jobs – mostly on the Island of Hawai‘i.” Kona has been without a non-stop service from Japan since 29-Oct-2010 when Japan Airlines discontinued direct service from Tokyo Narita. Hawaiian is competing for the routes against three legacy carriers: Delta Air Lines, which hopes to operate Seattle-Tokyo service in partnership with Alaska Airlines; American Airlines, which hopes to operate Los Angeles-Tokyo service; and United Airlines, which is seeking approval for a San Francisco-Tokyo route. The route was originally awarded to Delta in 2010 for service between Tokyo and Detroit, and was opened up for bid by the DoT last month after Delta asked for permission to transfer its rights to the Tokyo-Seattle service. In its application, Hawaiian said it intends to commence service approximately 90 days after DoT approval, or approximately 15-Mar-2012, using 294-seat A330-200 aircraft. If approved, this would be Hawaiian’s fifth Japan route and fourth daily non-stop flight between Japan and Hawaii. The airline already operates daily service to Honolulu from Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka, and will launch three times weekly service to Sapporo on 30-Oct-2012. [more - original PR]
Hawaiian Airlines completes application for Tokyo-Kona service
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Since launching long haul operations in summer 2013 Norwegian has grown its long haul network to 37 routes operated in 2016. In spite of the delay in receiving the US permit for NAI, 34 of these routes are between cities in Europe and the US. The only Asian destination is Bangkok, linked to the three Scandinavian capitals.
The DoT's final decision means Norwegian can now use its Irish-registered subsidiary NAI to fly long haul routes from Europe to destinations both east and west with the same operating airline, and with EU traffic rights in both directions. This should increase its operational flexibility and cost efficiency and allow lower fares on a greater number of routes. Norwegian already has ambitious long haul growth plans. Expect these now to accelerate further, and not only to the US.
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Norwegian continues to await the long-delayed approval of a US foreign carrier permit for its Irish subsidiary Norwegian Air International (and for its UK subsidiary Norwegian Air UK). US traffic rights for these two subsidiaries would give Norwegian the opportunity to fly both east and west with the same operating airline and with EU traffic rights in both directions. This would increase the operational flexibility and cost efficiency of its long haul operations and allow lower fares on a greater number of routes.
Nevertheless, in the meantime and aided by low fuel prices, Norwegian is getting on with an ambitious trans-Atlantic expansion plan and has now carried three million passengers between Europe and the US since 2013. Its summer 2016 seat capacity has jumped by 51% year on year (based on OAG data for the week of 5-Sep-2016), including nine new routes this summer. It plans two more routes in the coming winter schedule and four US routes from Barcelona in summer 2017.
Well over half of Norwegian's North Atlantic routes are new to the market, which has been significantly stimulated by its entry. This has provided choice and lower fares for passengers, and created new airline jobs. Those still seeking to block approval for NAI and NUK are acting against the interests both of consumers and aviation workers.