If you’re planning a trip to Australia this year, here’s a great idea for breaking up that long trip from the Mainland. Fly Hawaiian Airlines and stop-over in Honolulu for a few days. That will give you time to unwind and enjoy the spirit of Aloha before continuing on for the 9-hour flight to Brisbane.
The airline just announced three daily new nonstop flights between Honolulu and Brisbane, Australia, starting November 27, 2012 that makes it the only US carrier to operate service to Brisbane.
Adding Brisbane service will increase Hawaiian’s weekly flights between Honolulu and Australia to 10, with daily services already operating to Australia’s largest city, Sydney.
President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said Brisbane would serve not only as the airline’s second gateway to Australia but also as an important new source of tourism to Hawai‘i.
“Australians love Hawai‘i as a holiday destination, and visitor numbers have grown steadily since Hawaiian inaugurated service on the Sydney-Honolulu route in 2004,” Dunkerley said. “The Brisbane gateway will provide much easier access to Hawai‘i for residents of the State of Queensland, and more convenient connections for travelers from a number of other Australian states.”
The new Brisbane service will add more than 40,000 seats annually between Australia and Hawai‘i, and increase its total seat numbers from Australia by 38 percent. Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), commented, “Hawaiian’s starting of service between Brisbane and Honolulu is great news for our tourism economy, as this new route will provide better connectivity for Australians to visit the Hawaiian Islands. Hawai‘I continues to be a popular destination in Australia with arrivals for first quarter 2012 increasing 55 percent over last year. We anticipate this flight to contribute to this continual growth and expansion, and wish Brisbane also is a key hub for onward travel throughout Australia, and Hawaiian’s new flights will be timed to connect with same-day services throughout Queensland and to other states, through an interline partnership with domestic carrier Virgin Australia.
Hawaiian Airlines flight HA 443, will depart Honolulu at 10:20 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, cross the international dateline and land in Brisbane at 4 p.m. the following day, in time for onward connections to destinations throughout Australia. Journey time is approximately nine hours.
The return service, flight HA 444, will depart Brisbane at 6:35 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, cross the international dateline and arrive in Honolulu at 8:05 a.m. the same day, providing not only an early arrival into Honolulu, but the ability for passengers to connect with onward Hawaiian Airlines flights to Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island.
Hawaiian’s Brisbane flights will be operated with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, seating 262 passengers in a two-class cabin, 18 in Business Class and 244 in Economy Class.