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Old January 16th, 2004, 04:28 AM
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6:26 pm ET HONOLULU--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 15, 2004--Hawaiian
Airlines announced today it has applied for government approvals with
the United States and Australia to provide nonstop service to the land
Down Under. Subject to these approvals, Hawaiian plans to begin
service between Honolulu and Sydney on May 17.

"We're thrilled about bringing Hawaiian Airlines' award-winning
service and the world's greatest vacation destination to Australia's
travel market. Our service is designed with the traveler in mind, with
convenient departure and arrival times and easy connections," said
Joshua Gotbaum, trustee for Hawaiian Airlines.

Hawaiian will fly four times weekly departing Sydney on Sunday,
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 9:30 p.m., and arriving in Honolulu
the same day at 10:55 a.m.

The return flight will depart Honolulu on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,
and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and arrive in Sydney the following day at
7:30 p.m. Sydney is 21 hours ahead of Hawaii and travelers will cross
the International Dateline.

"Our tourism liaison has been working closely with the airline
industry to increase seating capacity to the Islands, and today's
announcement by Hawaiian Airlines is welcome news," said Governor
Lingle. "Having another airline offer direct service to Sydney will
give travelers more options and provide greater opportunities for our
visitor industry to expand the Australian visitor market."

Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and chief operating officer,
said, "Our new service will be an economic boost to Hawaii and the
statewide tourism industry, adding seats to the destination and
providing Australian visitors with lots of opportunities to make
connecting flights to the Neighbor Islands. It also enhances access to
Australia for Hawaii residents, and provides Hawaiian's passengers in
West Coast markets with one-stop service to Sydney."

Hawaiian will fly the route with its Boeing 767-300ER wide-body
aircraft. The twin-aisle, twin-jet B767 seats 252 passengers, 18 in
First Class and 234 in Coach Class, featuring the comfort and
convenience of a 2-3-2 seating configuration that offers either window
or aisle seating to 86 percent of the passengers. Flight time will be
approximately 10 hours.

Australian Tourist Commission Managing Director Ken Boundy said
Hawaiian's new air service is great news for Australia's tourism
industry. "The Australian Tourist Commission welcomes the additional
air services to Australia, which will assist in boosting the number of
U.S. visitors to our great country," said Boundy. "Hawaiian Airlines'
new service will also open up Honolulu as a new gateway for U.S.
travelers from the Pacific Northwest cities of Seattle and Portland to
complement Los Angeles as a gateway to Australia -- providing more
options for travelers looking to choose Australia as the destination
for their next vacation."

New South Wales Tourism Minister Sandra Nori welcomed the economic
benefits of Hawaiian's service. "Sydney is the major gateway for
international tourists to Australia and it is important that travelers
to this country have a greater choice of carriers and hubs," said
Nori. "We can expect these services to bring many more tourists out to
see all Australia has to offer."

Hawaiian's service will add more than 1,000 seats per week (more than
54,000 seats annually) to Hawaii from the world's sixth largest
country that, Dunkerley noted, is underserved. Presently, only Qantas
at three times per week and Air Canada with daily flights provide
commercial air service between Australia and Hawaii.

Hawaiian projects the new service will annually generate 34,000
visitors for Hawaii, resulting in $42 million in visitor spending and
$3.5 million in tax revenues.

According to the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic
Development and Tourism (DBEDT), year-over-year seat capacity in 2003
from Australia to Hawaii declined by 14.3 percent compared to 2002.

In addition, Hawaii received 91,911 visitors from Australia in 2002, a
sharp drop from the 228,507 visitors of a decade earlier in 1992. In
years thereafter traffic from Australia steadily declined, primarily
due to major carriers discontinuing stopovers in Hawaii and providing
nonstop service between Australia and the West Coast. Previously,
Australian travelers would often use the stopovers as an opportunity
to visit the islands.

Hawaii's visitor industry stands to benefit from Hawaiian's increased
service as a result of Australia's robust economy and the strength of
its currency, giving Australian travelers greater purchasing power of
U.S. products. As of this week, the exchange rate had climbed to $.78
U.S. per Australian dollar.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines, the nation's number one on-time carrier, is
recognized as one of the best airlines in America. Business travelers
recently surveyed by Conde Nast Traveler rated Hawaiian Airlines as
having the best in-flight service and meals of any U.S. carrier.
Hawaiian was recently ranked fourth best in the nation overall by
Travel + Leisure.

Celebrating its 75th year in business, Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii's
largest and longest-serving airline, and the second largest provider
of passenger air service between Hawaii and the mainland U.S. Hawaiian
offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more mainland U.S. gateways than
any other airline. Hawaiian also provides approximately 100 daily jet
flights among the Hawaiian Islands, as well as service to American
Samoa and Tahiti.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.
(AMEX and PCX: HA). Since the appointment of a bankruptcy trustee on
May 16, 2003, Hawaiian Holdings has had no involvement in the
management of Hawaiian Airlines and has had limited access to
information concerning the airline.

Additional information on Hawaiian Airlines is available at
www.HawaiianAir.com.

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Old January 16th, 2004, 06:13 AM
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Hawaiian Airlines to fly to Australia

this is the best news i've heard in a while!



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Old January 16th, 2004, 06:38 AM
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On Thu, 15 Jan 2004 22:13:31 -0800, "4000 psi"
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Hawaiian Airlines to fly to Australia


this is the best news i've heard in a while!



When NZ deregulated just over 10 years go, many US carriers started
flying into NZ.

The result was some extremely low airfares and IIRC, you could fly
Hawaiian to Honolulu first class for something like just under NZ$500.

Sadly, the boom was over as quick as it began and it was back to
'normal' including pricey fares.

I hope Hawaiian does get permission as Qantas has held a strangehold
on the North American route for sometime.

Cath
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Old January 16th, 2004, 10:14 AM
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Apart that is from Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Air Pacific and United - or
JAL via Japan.


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On Thu, 15 Jan 2004 22:13:31 -0800, "4000 psi"
wrote:

Hawaiian Airlines to fly to Australia


this is the best news i've heard in a while!



When NZ deregulated just over 10 years go, many US carriers started
flying into NZ.

The result was some extremely low airfares and IIRC, you could fly
Hawaiian to Honolulu first class for something like just under NZ$500.

Sadly, the boom was over as quick as it began and it was back to
'normal' including pricey fares.

I hope Hawaiian does get permission as Qantas has held a strangehold
on the North American route for sometime.

Cath



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Old January 16th, 2004, 02:45 PM
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On Fri, 16 Jan 2004 20:14:31 +1000, "Paul O"
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[msge snipped]
Apart that is from Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Air Pacific and United - or
JAL via Japan.


There is more to it than meets the eye!

It's a well known industry fact that QF has done just about everything
it can to stop other airlines from flying the route.

Cath

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Old January 16th, 2004, 10:58 PM
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As indeed it is that JFK..........................




wrote in message
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On Fri, 16 Jan 2004 20:14:31 +1000, "Paul O"
wrote:
[msge snipped]
Apart that is from Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Air Pacific and United -

or
JAL via Japan.


There is more to it than meets the eye!

It's a well known industry fact that QF has done just about everything
it can to stop other airlines from flying the route.

Cath



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Old February 16th, 2004, 09:31 PM
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yeah but none of them will fly to adelaide... that poor neglected city
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Old February 16th, 2004, 11:52 PM
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On 16 Feb 2004 13:31:47 -0800, (Bruce) wrote:

yeah but none of them will fly to adelaide... that poor neglected city


Hawaiian Airlines only flies over the water, never crossing a land
mass. Think about it......



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Old February 17th, 2004, 12:55 AM
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I was told residents of Adelaide had neither the need, nor the inclination
to leave!!


"Bruce" wrote in message
om...
yeah but none of them will fly to adelaide... that poor neglected city



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Old February 17th, 2004, 01:58 AM
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"Tom Hatfield" wrote in message Hawaiian Airlines
only flies over the water, never crossing a land
mass. Think about it......



Phoenix? Las Vegas? - neither place has much water.

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