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HONOLULU, July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In response to the unprecedented economic
challenges facing the airline industry, Hawaiian Airlines has announced that it
is matching certain fees that its major competitors have recently adopted.
Effective with tickets purchased on or after August 1 for travel commencing on
or after October 1, 2008, Hawaiian will charge $15 for passengers' first piece
of checked luggage for flights between the mainland U.S. and Hawaii.
On interisland flights between the islands of Hawaii, the first piece of checked
luggage will continue to be free.
Effective September 1, 2008, Hawaiian will begin charging a ticketing fee for
bookings made over the telephone rather than online, $10 for interisland travel
and $20 for all other routes. For ticketing at airport locations, the fee will
be $25. No ticketing fees apply to transactions on HawaiianAirlines.com.
Hawaiian is also adjusting its frequent flyer mileage requirements (see attached
chart) for award travel on or after September 1, 2008. Hawaiian last changed its
minimum mileage requirements for award travel 14 years ago, when oil was less
than $20 per barrel. The program will retain its innovative 3-tier combinable
one-way awards structure that makes it easier for members to use their miles with
25 different award combinations for a round trip.
Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive officer, said Hawaiian is seeking
a balance between the company's need to cover high fuel costs with its sense of
obligation to provide the local community in Hawaii with sustainable frequent,
reliable and affordable service.
"Our latest financial results demonstrate why Hawaiian needs to match the revenue
initiatives of our competitors. Nonetheless, we are mindful of the special needs
of our kama'aina travelers and so we have resisted levying the full complement
of new fees on interisland travel," Dunkerley said.
Hawaiian previously matched competitors' introduction of a fee for the second
piece of checked luggage: $17 on interisland flights and $25 on mainland flights.
A fee of $25 for bags heavier than 50 pounds on all mainland and interisland flights
remains in effect.
HawaiianMiles Award Changes
One-Way Combinable Awards
Coach Current Sep-08 Current Sep-08
SuperSaver 5,000 7,500 17,500 20,000
Saver 7,500 10,000 25,000 30,000
Anytime 10,000 15,000 35,000 40,000
Saver 10,000 15,000 30,000 40,000
Anytime 20,000 30,000 60,000 80,000
About Hawaiian Airlines
The nation's top-ranked airline for service in the 2007 Airline Quality Ratings,
Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past
four straight years (2004-2007) and in fewest misplaced bags for the past three
years (2005-2007) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer
surveys by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian
as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.
Now in its 79th year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state's
biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the second largest provider of
passenger air service between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. Hawaiian offers nonstop
service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as
well as service to the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian
also provides approximately 155 daily jet flights among the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: HA).
Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.
SOURCE Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.
CONTACT: Keoni Wagner of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., +1-808-838-6778, Keoni.Wagner@HawaiianAir.com
Web site: http://www.hawaiianair.com