HONOLULU, HAWAII--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 17,1998--Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (ASE and PCX: HA) has received tentative approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide daily nonstop air service between Kahului, Maui, and Tokyo's Narita Airport starting in the year 2000. Final approval is pending response to an invitation by the Department to all interested parties for commentary during the next 10 days, and Hawaiian's response to any such commentary.
Hawaiian had filed an application with the DOT on February 10 seeking to become the seventh designated U.S. carrier in the U.S.-Japan market under the new U.S-Japan Memorandum of Consultation. The company plans to use 304-seat DC10 aircraft on the route, offering Business Class and Coach Class seating.
"We are delighted that the Department has approved Hawaii's international flag carrier to open a new link between our state and Japan," said Paul J. Casey, Hawaiian Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer. "This is good news for Hawaiian Airlines, for Maui and for the state of Hawaii."
Founded in Honolulu 68 years ago, Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii's longest-serving and largest airline and the nation's 12th largest carrier. The company operates 12 widebody jet flights a day between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland and offers weekly widebody service between Hawaii and the South Pacific destinations of American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian's fleet of 13 DC9s provides award-winning service on more than 130 jet flights daily among the islands of Hawaii.
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Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The company's actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, the effect of changing economic conditions, trends in the airline industry, the ability to control costs and expenses, and other risks detailed in the company's continuing reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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