Hawaiian Airlines announced it will fly between Honolulu and New York City starting in June, 2012. Hawaiian Airlines’ President and CEO, Mark Dunkerley, said adding New York is an important part of the airline’s growth strategy. Over the last many years, Hawaiian Airlines has expanded their service to include many West Coast and Asian destinations.
Mike McCartney, CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, said the new service will generate an estimated $156 million in visitor spending and $17 million in state tax annually for the state’s tourism economy.
The new Hawaiian Flight 50 (named after the television show Hawaii Five-O) will depart Honolulu at 3:05 p.m. daily and arrive in New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport the following morning at 6:55 a.m. The return flight, 51, will depart JFK at 10 a.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 3 p.m. For the period from June 4 to June 30, 2012, Hawaiian says they will offer introductory fares of $212 each way in coach (a nod to New York City’s 212 Area Code) and first class flights at $808 each way (Hawaii’s Area Code). Booking must be done between now and November 30 to get those fares–space permitting. (Editorial note: a quick search of the Hawaiian Airlines website did not produce those terrific fares; the best we could find was around $700 round trip in economy.)