(BIVN) – Japan Airlines will celebrate a new service launch between Kona International Airport and Tokyo on September 15.
JAL’s new service is expected to result in about $84.2 million in visitor expenditures and about $9.8 million in state tax revenue, according to numbers released by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority earlier this year. The service will also support about 900 jobs on Hawai‘i Island.
The last regular JAL flights direct to Kona were over seven years ago.
The Narita/Kona flights will operate with fully revamped JAL SKY SUITE 767 (767-300ER) aircraft and will be fitted with the airline’s most current interiors, the state says. The aircraft seats 199 passengers.
The flights will depart Narita at 9:25 p.m. and arrive in Kona at 10:15 a.m. Service from Kona will depart at 12:15 p.m. and arrive in Narita at 4:00 p.m. the next day. Schedules are subject to government approval.
Hawaii dignitaries and airlines executives will be on hand for Friday’s celebration.