Hawaiian Airlines has announced that it has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo narrow-body aircraft.
Hawaiian’s A321neo fleet of 18 aircraft will be used primarily to expand the carrier’s U.S. West Coast network, with a focus on adding non-stop flights to the neighbor islands.
Hawaiian will launch the following daily non-stop service: Portland and Kahului (Maui) on January 18; Oakland and Lihue (Kauai) on April 11; and Los Angeles and Kona (Hawaii Island) next summer. Additional routes will be announced as Hawaiian welcomes the A321neo fleet through 2020.
Meanwhile, a code share agreement between Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines, signed at a ceremony in Tokyo, is set to take effect March 25, 2018 (subject to government approval). The agreement provides for extensive code sharing, lounge access and frequent flyer program reciprocity.
As part of this comprehensive partnership, the two carriers also intend to establish a joint venture designed to provide even more choices, convenience and enhancements to the traveling public to/from Japan and beyond to multiple Asian markets.
In the near-term, JAL guests will have unlimited access to Hawaiian's vast neighbor island and Japan-Hawaii network, including non-stop flights between Sapporo and Honolulu.
Hawaiian Airlines will have full access to JAL's domestic network, which includes Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sendai and Aomori.
Hawaiian's Japan-to-Hawaii flights will be offered as new options within Japan Airlines' wholly owned subsidiary, JALPAK, a high reputable package tour operator in Japan.
JAL Mileage Bank and HawaiianMiles members will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights. Further opportunities for accrual and redemption of mileage will be expanded at a later date.
Guests will have access to both airlines' lounges, and when Hawaiian has completed its planned relocation to Terminal 2 at Tokyo Narita Airport, guests of each airline will be able to transfer between each carrier's networks.