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Hawaiian Airlines Marks 80 years of service to Hawaii, Alaska Airlines has launched service to Hawaii from the San Francisco Bay area, and the 2009 Las Vegas New Year’s Eve fireworks display will return to the Las Vegas Strip’s rooftops

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Hawaiian Airlines Celebrates 80 Years of Service for Hawaii

Hawaiian Airlines, the pioneering carrier of the Pacific and one of the nation's longest-serving carriers, has celebrated its 80th anniversary of continuous service for Hawaii.

Hawaiian's airport stations statewide were decorated on Nov. 12, 2009 to recognize the historic occasion, and arriving passengers at Honolulu International Airport were greeted with fresh flower lei and serenaded with live Hawaiian music.

Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO, noted the significance of the anniversary and thanked employees and customers.

"Hawaiian Airlines has been flying since essentially the dawn of commercial aviation and has weathered the turbulence of a stormy business over 80 years. That is a remarkable achievement in itself, considering all the iconic airlines in history that never reached this milestone," said Dunkerley.

"It is a credit to our dedicated employees and our loyal customers that we are able to celebrate Hawaiian's rich 80-year history in aviation and envision a promising future as we work to continue growing and diversifying our service," Dunkerley said.

Hawaiian's 80th anniversary year has been devoted to giving back to the community. In May, the company presented a $150,000 cash and in-kind donation to Bishop Museum that includes the transporting of museum curators and educators to schools and communities on the Neighbor Islands through 2011 in support of its Holoholo Science educational outreach program.

During summer and fall, Hawaiian partnered with The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii on a series of projects to help restore native Hawaiian habitats on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. In addition, Hawaiian is promoting the message of environmental conservation through its inflight video and other communication channels, and has provided a $10,000 gift in support of the Conservancy's programs.

Today, Hawaiian has a fleet of 33 aircraft - 15 Boeing 717-200 jets for interisland flights in Hawaii and 18 Boeing 767-300 wide-body jets for transpacific and international service. Hawaiian is on pace to carry more than eight million passengers in 2009 - its largest total ever.

In April 2010, Hawaiian will begin phasing in its next fleet of long-range aircraft with the arrival of the first two of up to 15 Airbus A330-200 jets it has on order or option, along with up to 12 "extra wide body" A350XWB-800 aircraft that are scheduled to begin arriving in 2017.

Now in its 81st year of continuous service for Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state's primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland.

Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides more than 160 daily jet flights within the Hawaiian Islands. For more information visit the web site at

Alaska Airlines Launches Hawaii Service From Bay Area

Alaska Airlines has launched service to Hawaii from the San Francisco Bay area.

The new service began Nov. 9, 2009 with four-times-weekly service between Oakland, Calif., and Kahului, Hawaii, on the island of Maui, and on Nov. 10 with thrice-weekly service between Oakland and Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

"Known for its beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets, the Hawaiian Islands are among our most popular leisure vacation destinations," said Alaska Airlines' President Brad Tilden. "Customers will enjoy Alaska's low fares, convenient schedule and award-winning service."

"Travelers will start their vacation with a smooth departure from Oakland International, where they can park close to the terminals and quickly access their flight," said Deborah Ale Flint, the Port of Oakland's acting director of aviation. "Oakland's on-time performance record allows passengers to easily begin their Alaska Airlines experience," she added.

Flights are available for purchase at alaskaair.com or by calling 1-800-ALASKAAIR.

The new flights are operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin. All flights to Hawaii offer Hawaiian-themed beverages and meal service. Customers in the main cabin are offered complimentary Mauna Loa macadamia nuts and a complimentary Mai Tai or POG juice, as well as a Hawaiian-themed meal-for-purchase option for $6.

Inflight service includes Alaska Airlines' digEplayer, a personal entertainment system offering a variety of movies, television shows, music and other features.

Alaska Airlines Vacations offers a full line of vacation packages for travel to the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. Packages include air transportation, hotel accommodations, ground transportation and tours. For more information about Alaska Airlines Vacations, visit
www.alaskaair.com/vacations .

Las Vegas New Year's Eve Fireworks Display to Return to the Rooftops

Las Vegas Events (LVE) and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) announced that the 2009 New Year's Eve celebration known as America's Party: Las Vegas New Year 2010 will include a spectacular fireworks show fired from seven rooftop locations along the Las Vegas Strip.

The firing locations (from the south, heading north) include the following resort properties: MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, Aria, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island (TI), Venetian and the Stratosphere.

Fireworks by Grucci of New York will again coordinate the pyrotechnic display. The group recently created the spectacular Grand Opening of the Atlantis Hotel and The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai and has executed numerous presidential inaugurations and citywide celebrations. Locally, Fireworks by Grucci has produced many of Las Vegas' largest special events and grand openings, including the official Las Vegas Centennial celebration.

In addition to designing the pyrotechnic display, Fireworks by Grucci will work directly with the Clark County Fire Department and Building Services to ensure both fire and structural safety guidelines.

"We are moving the fireworks show back to where it should be," said LVE President Pat Christenson. "Fireworks by Grucci, the Clark County Fire Department and Building Services and the individual resort properties have worked tirelessly since January of this year to address the fire and structural safety issues associated with firing the show from the rooftops. Our goal each year is to design a show that is befitting of this city and provides a great backdrop for the thousands of revelers on the Strip."

According to the LVCVA, Las Vegas hosts several hundred thousand visitors for New Year's Eve.

"Las Vegas continues to be the best venue in the world to ring in the New Year," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the LVCVA. "The fireworks will culminate an evening of celebrity-hosted events at nightclubs, special dining experiences at restaurants, live music at the Fremont Street Experience downtown and much more. There is no other destination that offers the excitement on New Year's Eve."