Guests checking in at Hawaiian Airlines’ Honolulu hub for their Sunday, March 25, flight to Tokyo’s Narita Airport were surprised with Island music and lei. The event marked the kickoff of Hawaiian Airlines’ new codeshare agreement with Japan Airlines, which unites JAL’s network of more than thirty domestic cities and eleven international destinations with Hawaiian’s flights throughout the Islands.
“We’re excited to extend our reach in Japan and welcome new guests onboard Hawaiian, so they may experience our hospitality and the unique charm of our islands,” said Peter Ingram, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines. “We’re also thrilled to offer Hawai‘i residents the ability to earn HawaiianMiles while traveling to popular cities beyond our gateways, including Fukuoka, Nagoya and Okinawa.”
In addition to providing access to each other’s routes, the new partnership includes Hawaiian in JAL’s JALPAK, which offers guests more options on tour packages between Japan and Hawai‘i. Travelers will also have reciprocal lounge benefits and the ability to earn HawaiianMiles and JAL Mileage Bank credit on codeshare flights, including nonstop flights between Honolulu and Nagoya or Sapporo.
Hawaiian, the largest U.S. carrier for service between Japan and Hawai‘i, has carried more than 3 million guests via its gateways in Haneda and Narita, Sapporo and Osaka since launching service in 2010. JAL, as the overall number one carrier on the route, transported more than 1 million travelers between Japan and Hawai‘i in 2017 alone. For more information please visit HawaiianAirlines.com/JALPartnership.
Lee Anne Wong, chef and owner of Honolulu’s Koko Head Café, has been named Hawaiian Airlines’ new executive chef. Wong, whose regional and global fusion dishes have been showcased in-flight as part of Hawaiian’s popular “Featured Chef Series,” was previously overseeing meals on the carrier’s inbound flights from Japan.
Wong graduated from the International Culinary Center (ICC), formerly known as the French Culinary Institute, and began her career at Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit. She gained national attention when she appeared on Season One of Bravo’s flagship series Top Chef. She later served six seasons as the series’ supervising culinary producer.
“I’m honored to step into this new role as Hawaiian’s executive chef and excited to share my culinary style with guests traveling to Hawai‘i,” said Wong, who is taking over for Chai Chaowasaree, who has overseen the in-flight meal program since 2010. “I’m also grateful to Chef Chai for his guidance and support – I have some big shoes to fill!”
From the Archives
One hundred years ago, Lieutenant Stanley Carmichael Kennedy, Naval Aviator #302, was at the controls of the largest flying boat of World War I. The powerful Curtiss H-16 was designed to stay aloft for seven hours, and it was on these long reconnaissance flights over the choppy North Sea that Lieutenant Kennedy first contemplated creating a commercial airline to fly between the Hawaiian Islands.
Born in Hawai‘i in 1890, Kennedy began his career at the Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company, where his father James served as president. After the war, Kennedy returned to his administrative position with Inter-Island. Eventually he rose to the position of general manager, and after a prolonged effort convinced the company’s board of directors to launch Inter-Island Airways in 1929. Inter-Island changed its name to Hawaiian Airlines in 1941, and Kennedy went on to manage the company until 1955, when he left that position to become chairman of the board.
Throughout June Hawaiian Airlines is showcasing the power of culture-based education with a new series of exclusive in-flight videos. Guests on international routes that fly Airbus A330 aircraft will learn how educators are turning streams, fishponds and the voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a into immersive classrooms, using traditional Hawaiian practices to empower youth.
The new series was produced by Kanaeokana, a network of more than fifty local schools and organizations focused on strengthening Hawaiian education. “We are excited to partner with Kanaeokana to present stories that demonstrate the importance and depth of our culture and its powerful impact on native Hawaiian youth,” said Evan Nomura, in-flight entertainment manager at Hawaiian Airlines.