Hawaiian begins Honolulu-Osaka nonstop service

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Hawaiian Airlines has begun direct flights from Honolulu to Osaka, Japan.

The carrier operates a daily service between Honolulu International airport and Kansai International airport.

Hawaiian will initially operate the Honolulu-Osaka flights with its Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, before introducing its new Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route.

Mike McCartney, president and CEO, Hawai'i Tourism Authority (HTA), said: "The HTA estimates the Osaka route will generate up to $120 million in visitor spending and $18 million in tax revenue annually."

"The new direct flight from western Japan follows two other milestone flights into the Asia market for Hawaiian Airlines, from Honolulu to Haneda, Japan and Incheon, South Korea. Together, all three routes will provide up to $350 million in visitor spending and $38 million in tax revenue annually for Hawaii's tourism economy," McCartney added.

According to Innovata schedules, no other airline operates a nonstop service between Honolulu and Osaka.