The route map for Hawaiian Airlines continues to expand westward. The latest addition to the carrier’s destination list is Taiwan with service expected to begin in July 2013. The 3x weekly operation will bring approximately 45,000 seats annually into the market. Taiwan is the eighth international destination announced in the past two years, all the result of the carrier taking deliveries of new Airbus A330 aircraft and growing their fleet.
For Taiwanese citizens a recent change to US immigration policies allows them to visit under the Visa Waiver Program meaning no need to pay the high fees or submit to the interviews associated with the visa issuance process. The exception applies for stays up to 90 days. And the new service from Hawaiian isn’t the only addition to the USA-Taiwan market. United Airlines previously announced that they would be shifting their connecting service via Tokyo to a non-stop operation from San Francisco starting in Spring 2013.
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I think they are expanding too fast, but that’s just me.
Does HA intend to make HNL a connecting hub? Do they time their flights so that you can make same connections from the West Coast – HNL – Asia? That might lead to some awkward arrival times in Asia and no onward same day connections
I was going to post about this too, my family travels to Taipei all the time. Now I can book them a free stopover in Hawaii 🙂
I’m pretty excited about this. HA usually has great availability for early bookings, and this opens up more possibilities in Asia.
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