Hawaiian Air Resumes Honolulu – Fukuoka Service After 5 Years of Absence

On November 26, 2019, Hawaiian Airlines operated its first scheduled flight from Honolulu to Fukuoka in over five years, marking the resumption of services between the two cities.

The flight arrived in the city on the island of Kyushu today, November 27, 2019, and subsequently departed back to Hawaii.

Hawaiian Air Resumes Honolulu - Fukuoka Service After 5 Years of Absence
Hawaiian Airlines A330-200.

HA827/828: Honolulu – Fukuoka and Back

Hawaiian Airlines previously operated scheduled flights between Honolulu (HNL) and Fukuoka (FUK) between April 2012 and June 2014. With this resumption, it will operate flights with the following schedule going forwards:

  • HA827 / HNL – FUK / 11:50AM – 5:55PM+1 (Tue, Fri, Sat & Sun)
  • HA828 / FUK – HNL / 7:55PM – 8:45AM (Mon, Wed, Sat & Sun)

While in the past, Hawaiian Airlines used its 767-300ERs on its flights to Fukuoka, it has renewed its fleet since then. As such, the flights are now operated by Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The aircraft features 18 business class and 260 economy class seats for a total of 278 seats per flight – or 1,112 seats per week each way.

Hawaii Airlines 767-300 at Fukuoka
Previously, Hawaiian Airlines used 767-300ERs on the route.

The resumed route to Honolulu is now the longest flight from Fukuoka except for Finnair’s seasonal flight to Helsinki. It’s also the only route from Fukuoka to one of the fifty US states. United serves Guam out of the city.

As for Hawaiian Airlines’ other routes to Japan, the airline serves:

  • Tokyo Haneda from Honolulu (11 x week) and Kona (3 x week)
  • Tokyo Narita from Honolulu (daily)
  • Osaka Kansai from Honolulu (daily)
  • Sapporo from Honolulu (3 x week)

All of those flights are operated by A330-200s.

In addition to the above, Hawaiian Airlines will also be adding an additional daily rotation between Tokyo Haneda and Honolulu, increasing its presence at the airport to 21 rotations a week. That will be possible thanks to newly available daytime international slots at the airport.

Unlike at Fukuoka – and Sapporo – though, the airline faces significant competition on the routes from Honolulu to Tokyo and Osaka.

Besides the two major Japanese airlines – ANA and JAL, and the “usual US suspects,” there are also fifth freedom flights. Korean Air serves Honolulu out of Narita and AirAsia X out of Osaka. It’s also worth noting that ANA uses its A380s on some of its Honolulu routes.

Summary

With Fukuoka being the largest airport in Japan without a non-stop service to Hawaii, an extremely popular destination for Japanese tourists, it’s not surprising that Hawaiian Airlines has decided to return to Japan.

Besides being a good news for Fukuoka-based plane spotters, it’s also an even better news for travelers in the area who are interested in visiting Hawaii without having to go through the hassle of transferring in Tokyo or Osaka.

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