Hawaiian Airlines has launched flights between Honolulu and Sapporo in Japan. The capital city of the island of Hokkaido, Japan’s second-largest and northernmost island, Sapporo, is Japan’s fourth-largest city with a population of 1.9 million.
Sapporo is renowned for its ski resorts – the city hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics – and the world-famous Sapporo Snow Festival, which annually attracts millions of visitors each February to see its spectacular snow and ice sculptures.
Hawaiian’s Honolulu-Sapporo service is adding 41,000 new air seats to the market annually and the benefit to Hawaii’s visitor industry will be significant, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
“Today’s launch of Hawaiian Airlines’ new Sapporo route is great news for Hawaii’s tourism economy and will generate an estimated $61 million in visitor spending and $6.7 million in state tax revenue” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “The flight will also provide residents of Hokkaido with its only direct access to Hawaii. We remain committed to working with Hawaiian Airlines to ensure the success of this flight and providing visitors greater accessibility to our state.”
Hawaiian’s Flight HA 441 departs Honolulu International Airport on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 14:45, crosses the international dateline, and arrives at Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport at 19:00 the following day.
The return flight HA 442 departs Sapporo on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 21:30, crosses the international dateline, and arrives in Honolulu at 09:55 the same day.
Hawaiian will operate its Honolulu-Sapporo flights with wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft seating 264 passengers, with 18 in Business Class and 246 in the Main Cabin.