Hawaii to welcome several China charters - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Hawaii to welcome several China charters

By Howard Dicus - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The first of a series of charter flights will arrive in Honolulu from Beijing on Saturday, the first sign of growing Chinese interest in visiting the islands.

CYTS, one of China's largest tour agencies, hired Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines to provide the service for sold-out charters that will arrive at five-day intervals.

The first one arrives Saturday with 269 vacationers aboard. The next flight will arrive on Friday of next week.

China Eastern is China's second largest airline, and a member of the SkyTeam alliance that also includes Delta, Air France and Korean Air.

A smaller Chinese carrier, Hainan Airlines, won government approvals in 2009 to launch regularly scheduled service from Beijing to Honolulu but has repeatedly delayed launching it.

Sources in Hawaii said Hainan was holding out for significant landing fee waivers that officials could not provide, while sources at the airline said there were tricky negotiations with tour agencies who were cautious about committing to booking blocks of seats.

China is the world's most populous country but the vast majority of its residents travel, when they travel at all, to nations adjacent to their home provinces. Hawaii's visitors from China have typically been travelers making a brief leisure stop on their way back from business or academic trips to the mainland.

Copyright 2011 by HawaiiNewsNow. All rights reserved.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Shame, fear: Survivors explain not reporting sexual assaults

    Shame, fear: Survivors explain not reporting sexual assaults

    Friday, September 21 2018 6:20 PM EDT2018-09-21 22:20:29 GMT
    Saturday, September 22 2018 3:36 PM EDT2018-09-22 19:36:11 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington for the third day of his confirmation ...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington for the third day of his confirmation ...
    Survivors respond with fury to Trump's remarks on woman who accused court nominee of sexual assault.More >>
    Survivors respond with fury to Trump's remarks on woman who accused court nominee of sexual assault.More >>
  • Landslide forces the closure of Manoa Falls Trail - and rattles nerves

    Landslide forces the closure of Manoa Falls Trail - and rattles nerves

    Saturday, September 22 2018 3:33 PM EDT2018-09-22 19:33:27 GMT
    A landslide has forced the closure of Manoa Falls Trail.A landslide has forced the closure of Manoa Falls Trail.

    The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources closed Manoa Falls Trail Friday evening after a 100 foot landslide brought down trees and boulders at the upper pool of the trail.  

    More >>

    The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources closed Manoa Falls Trail Friday evening after a 100 foot landslide brought down trees and boulders at the upper pool of the trail.  

    More >>
  • Victory for Kauai kumu hula after Japan court rules she may copyright her choreography

    Victory for Kauai kumu hula after Japan court rules she may copyright her choreography

    Saturday, September 22 2018 3:05 PM EDT2018-09-22 19:05:19 GMT

    During the four year legal battle, kumu hula Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza of Hanapepe, Kauai danced in a Japan court to show that her hula choreography was original. She filed suit to get a Japanese hula operator to stop using her choreography without permission. According to NHK, a judge in Osaka district court ruled Thursday that hand movements in hula express lyrics, show originality and may be copyrighted. "I'm very very happy not just for myself, but that our story can help other...

    More >>

    During the four year legal battle, kumu hula Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza of Hanapepe, Kauai danced in a Japan court to show that her hula choreography was original. She filed suit to get a Japanese hula operator to stop using her choreography without permission. According to NHK, a judge in Osaka district court ruled Thursday that hand movements in hula express lyrics, show originality and may be copyrighted. "I'm very very happy not just for myself, but that our story can help other...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly