Hawaiian Airlines announced plans to launch nonstop service between Taipei, Taiwan, and Honolulu in July, further extending the airline’s strategic expansion into Asia.
“We have long known that there is demand for a Hawaii vacation in Taiwan, but visits have been impeded by the cost, complexity and time it has taken its citizens to apply for a U.S. visitor visa. Now that Taiwan is part of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, we are delighted to be adding Taipei as the latest city in Hawaiian’s growing Asia network,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO. “Our new service will also offer a convenient new way for many in Hawaii and in our mainland U.S. cities to connect with family, create new business relationships or visit Taiwan.”
Hawaiian will operate the Taipei-Honolulu route using its new 294-seat, wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft, adding nearly 46,000 seats to the market annually to the benefit of Hawaii’s visitor industry. According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the economic impact of restoring nonstop service from Taipei will be significant for the islands. www.hawaiianairlines.com