By Beth Hillyer
(KHNL)-Soon you can fly non-stop from Honolulu to Manila. It's the airline's first route to Asia and they are hoping more than 100,000 people will take advantage of the new flights. After an eleven hour flight, catch up on your sleep then set out to explore the Philippines.
It offers amazing scenery and tranquil waterways. Hawaiian Airlines is bringing the Philippines a whole lot closer. They are announcing non-stop service to Manila on Boeing 7-6-7's. The routes will compete against Philippine Airlines Hawaiian is not quoting any ticket prices yet.
It's a great opportunity to visit family. "As we all know Hawaii has deep family ties to the Philippines." says Hawaiian President and CEO Mark Dunkerley.
Bargain hunters can shop in the bustling city. Capture the culture of the friendly Filipino people.
This marks the first time Hawaiian expands it's service to Asia.
"This year Hawaiian Airlines has grown faster than any other airline in the nation and the new service to Manila will expand our reach and reinforce our position as the premier carrier in the pacific region. " believes Dunkerley.
The Honorable Ariel Abadilla, Philippine Consul General, maintains, "Today's announcement is certainly welcome news especially for the tourism and business sectors in the Philippines and Hawaii. "
Jack Legal, Filipino Chamber of Commerce adds, "Now it opens wide the possibility that not just the Philippine Airlines now we can fly Hawaiian Airlines and direct almost like flying direct to Las Vegas, you don't have to stop anywhere else."
Tourism officials welcome the new flights. Marsha Wiener, State Tourism Liaison, says "We are looking forward to the potential that the Philippines and Hawaii will have with additional service ."
From the Philippines the airline could expand further to China or Japan.