Drills underway for new JFK flights

HONOLULU and New YORK (HawaiiNewsNow) – With Hawaiian Airlines service to New York only about two weeks to go, ground crews have been running drills at JFK airport.

Hawaiian's daily flight will use a gate in Terminal 5, which otherwise is entirely occupied by JetBlue, which has the contract to service Hawaiian's jet, both above and below the wing, to use airline industry parlance.

Postings on http://www.airliners.net indicate that JetBlue's usual pushback vehicles couldn't handle the new Airbus jet so one that can was ordered.

The first Hawaiian flight to JFK leaves Honolulu on June 4. Service will be daily.

For years the only nonstop service between Hawaii and the New York area has been a daily Continental Airlines flight to Newark Liberty. Hawaiian's service to JFK will be more convenient to the millions of people who live on Long Island.

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