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Hawaiian Airlines looks to expand service to Tokyo

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaiian Airlines is looking to expand their service to Tokyo as the company has filed an application with the US Department of Transportation to add more flights to Haneda International Airport.

The company wants to add a second daily route from Haneda serving Honolulu four days a week and Kona International Airport three days a week.

The request comes shortly after an agreement made in February between the US Government and the Government of Japan to increase the number of daily flights for US airlines to operate between Haneda and the US from four to six.

"Hawaiian Airlines was among the first three U.S. airlines granted route authority from Haneda in 2010, and our Honolulu service has been by far the most successful of the original services," noted Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.

In their application, Hawaiian touts that it has flown more passengers from Haneda than any other US carrier. It also notices that its service to Honolulu has added $941 million to the US GDP, generated $564 million in direct spending and led to the creation of 2,337 new jobs.

If the routes are granted to Hawaiian Airlines, the company plans to use its A330 aircraft, featuring 18 lie-flat seats in the Business/First cabin, 68 seats in its Extra Comfort class of service and 192 seats in the main cabin.

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