ANA to return to isles
with daily flights

All Nippon Airways plans to restart
its Hawaii service in February

By Russ Lynch

All Nippon Airways says it expects to resume Nagoya-Honolulu service Feb. 1, this time with Boeing 747s carrying up to 420 passengers daily in an all-economy-class configuration.

ANA said it already has U.S. permission for the service from when it ran the route earlier. ANA had three flights a week from Nagoya from 1991 until March 1993. It suspended the service then because Japan's economy was in a slowdown.

"ANA retains the rights for the service in the bilateral agreement" between the United States and Japan, said Tom Fredo, ANA's general manager of public relations for North America.

Fredo said U.S. permission is therefore not needed. U.S. officials recently confirmed that, saying ANA has the right to resume the service whenever it wants. ANA today asked Japan's Ministry of Transportation for its approval, but Fredo said the airline considers that a foregone conclusion.

The expanded-capacity 747s will be capable of bringing about 3,000 Japanese tourists to Hawaii each week. Several other airlines already serve the Nagoya-Hawaii market.

Fredo said ANA wants to increase its Hawaii service even more. "ANA also has made known its desire to serve Honolulu from Kansai airport in Osaka, but is prevented from doing so until the current (Japan-U.S.) treaty is revised," he said.

"ANA has called upon the governments of Japan and the United States to resume treaty negotiations which were broken off," Fredo said in a telephone interview from his New York office.

He said ANA officials from the United States and Japan will be in Honolulu in a couple of weeks to meet with Gov. Ben Cayetano and other officials to discuss its plans.

Another Japanese airline, Japan Air System, has said it also wants to get back into Hawaii service. JAS had operated two weekly charter Honolulu-Tokyo flights but dropped out in May 1994.

Paul Casey, president of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, visited both airlines in Japan earlier this year and said their interest in getting back into the market was good news.

Casey, a former airline executive, says that when airlines commit seat capacity to a market, they also commit promotional spending to fill the seats and that is good news for Hawaii tourism.

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