Hawaiian to launch Honolulu-Sapporo in November

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Hawaiian Airlines has announced that it will launch flights between Honolulu and Sapporo in November, subject to Japanese government approval.

The airline will offer three flights per week with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. Sapporo will be Hawaiian's fourth destination in Japan.

"This new service builds on our strategy to diversify our revenue base and strengthens Hawaiian's presence in one of our most important visitor markets," says Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive of Hawaiian, in a statement.

The flight is the first between Hawaii and Sapporo since Japan Airlines ended their nonstop in 2003.

Only 2,153 passengers flew between Honolulu and Sapporo during the first 10 months of 2011, according to US Department of Transportation statistics.