Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines Announce Comprehensive New Partnership

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Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines Announce Comprehensive New Partnership

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HONOLULU, Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Two of the most popular airlines between Hawai’i and Japan today signed a comprehensive new partnership agreement that will greatly enhance the ease and comfort of travel for passengers traveling between the two island chains.  The agreement between Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines, signed at a ceremony in Tokyo, takes effect March 25, 2018 (subject to government approval). The agreement provides for extensive code sharing, lounge access and frequent flyer program reciprocity.

Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines Announce Comprehensive New Partnership. (L-R): Theo Panagiotoulias, senior vice president of global sales and alliances, Hawaiian Airlines; Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO, Hawaiian Airlines; Yoshiharu Ueki, representative director and president, Japan Airlines; and Hideki Oshima, executive officer, Japan Airlines.

“We are delighted to partner with Japan Airlines for our long-term future in Japan,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines’ president and chief executive officer. “Japan Airlines embodies the welcoming culture of Japan and is renowned for the quality of its services.  Our partnership will greatly increase travel choices for those in Japan looking to travel to Hawaii as well as for those in Hawaii looking to travel to Japan.”

“Hawaiian Airlines is well known among Japanese travelers for its warm hospitality and its excellent record for punctuality and safety,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines. “We look forward to providing our passengers with additional options of exceptional service and comfortable travel to and throughout the Hawaiian Islands.”

As part of this comprehensive partnership, the two carriers also intend to establish a joint venture designed to provide even more choices, convenience and enhancements to the traveling public to/from Japan and beyond to multiple Asian markets.

In the near-term:

  • JAL guests will have unlimited access to Hawaiian’s vast neighbor island and Japan-Hawai’i network, including non-stop flights between Sapporo and Honolulu.
  • Hawaiian Airlines will have full access to JAL’s domestic network, which includes Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sendai and Aomori.
  • Hawaiian’s Japan-to-Hawai’i flights will be offered as new options within Japan Airlines’ wholly owned subsidiary, JALPAK, a high reputable package tour operator in Japan.
  • JAL Mileage Bank and HawaiianMiles members will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights. Further opportunities for accrual and redemption of mileage will be expanded at a later date.
  • Guests will have access to both airlines’ lounges, and when Hawaiian has completed its planned relocation to Terminal 2 at Tokyo Narita Airport, guests of each airline will be able to seamlessly transfer between each carrier’s networks.

About Japan Airlines
Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded in 1951 and became the first international airline in Japan. A member of the oneworld® alliance, the airline now reaches more than 344 airports in 56 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners with a modern fleet of more than 227 aircraft. JAL Mileage Bank (JMB), the airline’s loyalty program, has reached over 31 million members worldwide. Awarded one of the most punctual major international airlines, JAL is committed to providing customers with the highest levels of flight safety and supreme quality in every aspect of its service, and aims to become the most preferred airline in the world.

For more information, please visit www.jal.com/en/outline/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JapanAirlinesWorldwide/

Follow JAL on Instagram at @japanairlines_jal

About Hawaiian Airlines          
Hawaiian®, the world’s most punctual airline as reported by OAG, has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 13 years (2004-2016) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have ranked Hawaiian among the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai’i.             

Now in its 88th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai’i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. Mainland.

Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai’i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 250 daily flights system-wide.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and its special fare offers (@HawaiianFares), and become a fan on its Facebook page.  For career postings and updates, follow Hawaiian’s LinkedIn page.

For media inquiries, please visit Hawaiian Airlines’ online newsroom.

 

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APEX Official Airline Ratings Names Aeroflot a Five Star Global Airline

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APEX Official Airline Ratings Names Aeroflot a Five Star Global Airline

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MOSCOW, September 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Aeroflot – Russian Airlines has been recognised as a 2018 Five Star Global Airline in APEX’s Official Airline Ratings™. The honour was bestowed upon Aeroflot yesterday at the APEX EXPO Awards in Long Beach, California.

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The Official Airline Ratings™ are the industry’s first rating program based solely on verified passenger feedback. APEX (the Airline Passenger Experience Association) is a four-decade-old non-profit membership organisation comprised of the world’s leading airlines, industry suppliers, major media groups and related aviation industry leaders that is dedicated to elevating the passenger experience.

Aeroflot was recognised during the APEX EXPO Awards Ceremony in Long Beach, hosted by The Points Guy, Brian Kelly.

To compile the Official Airline Ratings™, APEX sought an industry-neutral technology partner that would serve in collecting verified itineraries validated by geo-location and certified by external auditors. Leveraging the TripIt mobile app used by millions of air travellers worldwide, the Official Airline Ratings™ analysed passenger feedback on 470 airlines worldwide through 31 July 2017. Airline travellers were validated against confirmed itineraries and geo-location on mobile devices.

Only 12% of airlines worldwide received 2018 Five Star status.

Airlines were categorised as Global Airlines, Major Regional Airlines, Commuter Airlines and Low-Cost Carriers. Aeroflot was recognised in the Global Airlines category.

Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev said: “We are proud that the Aeroflot passenger experience has been awarded Five Star status by a leading organisation in the United States, the world’s largest air travel market. APEX’s rating is set to become a US seal of approval known worldwide. The rating is based on a global passenger satisfaction poll that surveyed millions of customers across every continent, leveraging the latest digital technology. This honour is welcome recognition of our efforts and accompanies a number of other awards that we have recently received recognising our leadership in the European market.”

In 2016 Aeroflot was awarded 4-Star Airline status by British consultancy Skytrax, the world’s leading authority on airline quality. Earlier this year TripAdvisor travellers voted Aeroflot Best Major Airline in Europe and Best Business Class globally.

About Aeroflot 

Aeroflot is Russias flagship carrier and a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,074 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. In 2016, Aeroflot carried 29 million passengers (43.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries). 

Aeroflot became the first Russian airline to be awarded Four Star Airline status by Skytrax in recognition of the high-quality of its customer service. In 2017, Aeroflot was named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the sixth time at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. 

In 2017, Aeroflot was named the most powerful brand in Russia and the worlds strongest airline brand by leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance. Aeroflot was also named Best Major Airline in Europe by TripAdvisor travellers and recognised as the Favourite International Airline in China at the Flyer Award Ceremony 2017. 

Aeroflot operates one of the youngest fleets in the world with 202 aircraft. Aeroflot is based in Moscow, at Sheremetyevo International Airport. 

Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety, with a European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, the main globally recognized safety parameter, comparable to global peers. 

The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the seventh time in 2017, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2004 compliant. 

Find out more at

http://www.aeroflot.com/

SOURCE Aeroflot

Saia LTL Freight to Open Maryland Terminal

JOHNS CREEK, Ga., Sept. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAIA) announced that Saia LTL Freight will be opening its latest terminal in Laurel, Md. on Oct. 16. This is the fifth facility the company will have opened in the Northeastern market in the last six months. Saia also plans to open a sixth terminal in Allentown, Pa. by the end of the year.

“Providing quality service for our customers is a top priority at Saia. This newest opening is a continuation of that commitment,” stated Chief Customer Officer Ray Ramu. “Management and sales staffing is complete and we are excited that we will soon be providing pickup and delivery service in this new market.”

Saia’s expansion is part of a multi-year plan that will provide the carrier the opportunity to serve both existing and new customers in its growing network. The company is in varying stages of completion with respect to securing real estate and planning for four to five additional facility openings in the Northeast next year.

“In conjunction with our entrance into Maryland, we’ll also begin offering direct service to the greater New York City and Long Island markets,” explained Ramu. “Since May, customers have responded well to our Northeastern service offering and our new terminal in Laurel will expand our reach and service capabilities further.”

Saia reported its second quarter financial results with revenues of $317 million, a 9.4 percent increase, over the same time period last year. Less-than-truckload shipments and tonnage rose 3.5 and 2.0 percent, respectively, year-over-year. Today, the company is ranked as the ninth largest less-than-truckload carrier in the United States.

About Saia, Inc.

Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAIA), with 2016 revenues of $1.2 billion, offers customers a wide range of less-than-truckload, non-asset truckload, and logistic services. The company operates 152 terminals in 36 states. With headquarters in Georgia, Saia employs over 9,000 people nationwide. Saia LTL Freight has been recognized by the American Trucking Associations Safety Management Council with first place honors for its outstanding safety record. For more information on Saia, Inc. or any of the service groups, visit www.saiacorp.com.

For more information, contact:
Jeannie S. Jump
Saia Corporate Public Relations
Phone: 770-232-4069 · E-mail jjump@saia.com

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