HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines plans to begin offering service to Taiwan next summer.
The airline says it will launch service three days a week between the capital city of Taipei and Honolulu.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines' president and chief executive, says the new service will be a convenient way for many in Hawaii to connect with family and create new business relationships, or just visit Taiwan.
Beginning next July, Hawaiian will become the only airline offering nonstop service between Taiwan and Honolulu. It plans on using its new 294-seat Airbus aircraft.
The airline's announcement comes soon after the United States said it would include Taiwan in the Visa Waiver Program. The program permits visa-free travel to the U.S. for eligible travelers visiting for 90 days or fewer for business or tourism.