Hawaii Welcomes First Direct Flight from China

Posted: Wed 10 Aug, 2011 11:03 AM

Hawaii Welcomes First Direct Flight from China

On August 9, 2011, the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) welcomed the China Eastern Airlines inaugural flight that marked the start of the regularly-scheduled direct flight from China to Hawaii. The inaugural flight left Shanghai on Tuesday at 6 pm local time and arrived in Honolulu at 9:50 am HST.


HTA President and CEO, Mike McCartney, was quoted in eTurbo News as having said that since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in 2007, the HTA has been aggressively working to secure direct air service from China. McCartney added that the landmark flight is wonderful news for Hawaii’s tourism economy and they remain committed to supporting this new route and developing airlift to meet demand.


The HTA estimates more than 91,000 visitors from China will come to Hawaii shores in 2011,


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