Hawaiian Airlines recently announced it will be launching new Airbus A330-200 aircrafts to operate flights between Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The nonstop flights will be operational effective from February 1, 2018. Sapporo, a key city in Japan, is presently being served with thrice weekly flights by the airline utilizing its Boeing 767-300ER aircrafts. The flights to Sapporo were first launched in October 2012.
Media reports said that the new Airbus A330-200 aircrafts to be introduced by Hawaiian Airlines on Honolulu-Sapporo route will be configured in three classes – Business Class (Premium Cabin), Premium Economy and Economy Class (Main Cabin). The customers booking business class tickets for travel between the two destinations will be offered full-flat seats in Premium Cabin. The airline will continue to serve the route with thrice weekly flights with A330-200s. Hawaiian Airlines has so far carried nearly 200,000 passengers between Honolulu and Sapporo ever since the route was launched in 2012.
Takaya Shishido, Hawaiian Airlines’ Japan Country Director, said, “The Japanese market is being currently served by Hawaiian Airlines with flights to three airports – Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport (both in Tokyo), and Osaka’s Kansai International Airport. Now, Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport will be the fourth airport in Japan to be served with Airbus A330-200 aircraft by Honolulu-based Hawaiian Airlines.”
A spokesperson of Hawaiian Airlines while providing details about the facilities in Airbus A330-200 Premium Cabin said that there would be a total of 18 leather seats that can be converted into 180-degree beds for relaxation and sleep. The premium seats would be 76-inch-long and 20.5-inch-wide in a 2-2-2 layout. The Premium Cabin has been particularly designed for honeymooners, families and couples, while offering comfort to business travelers as well. Among other facilities to be provided in Premium Cabin include amenity kit, priority check-in, priority boarding, priority disembarking and a personal power outlet.