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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 3:28 p.m., Monday, August 27, 2007

Hawaiian Air launches service to Manila in March

Advertiser Staff

Hawaiian Airlines said it will begin nonstop service to the Philippines in March, in the first major international expansion since it emerged from bankruptcy protection in June 2005.

The state's largest airline said it will make the 5,290-mile flight between Honolulu and Manila four times a week using its existing 767-300ER aircraft.

The new route, which requires approval from U.S. and Philippines authorities, will double the current capacity serving Hawai'i to Manila market. About 170,000 passengers traveled between Manila and Hawai'i last year.

Hawaiian's current international routes include Sydney, Australia and Papeete, Tahiti.