Another Airline Ceases Operations – Air Australia

Oahu's Famous Waikiki Beach as seen from Diamond Head

Oahu’s Famous Waikiki Beach as seen from Diamond Head

Hawaiian Airlines offers Rescue Fares

Air Australia, a small scheduled and charter carrier based out of Brisbane, Australia, ceased operations on February 17, 2012, after they could not fuel one of their aircraft in Phuket.

This makes for three airline failures in the past couple of weeks and unfortunately, we believe there’s a good chance the list of failures will be added to within the upcoming months.

Hawaiian Airlines is offering a special one-way “Rescue Fare” for travelers stranded by the shutdown of Air Australia.  The fare is valid for travel on Hawaiian’s daily flights between Honolulu to Sydney through Thursday, March 1, 2012 at $300 USD for Honolulu departures and $300 AUD for Sydney departures, all taxes and fees inclusive.

The Rescue Fare must be purchased by calling Hawaiian’s reservations department at 1-800-367-5320 in the United States or at Hawaiian’s ticket counters at Honolulu International Airport and Sydney International Airport.  Travelers booking the fare will be required to present their Air Australia ticket or itinerary information when checking in for their Hawaiian Airlines flight.  Hawaii residents booking the fare for a return to Hawaii from Sydney will be asked to produce their Hawaii ID at check in.

“We’re offering this special fare to help our friends from Australia return home and not let this unfortunate circumstance tarnish their vacation in Hawaii,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO.  “We also want to help any Hawaii residents stranded in Australia to get home.”

“We would like to extend our aloha to Hawaiian Airlines for offering this special fare to visitors from Australia stranded by the Air Australia flights and providing our residents in Australia a way home,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

Hawaiian offers daily, nonstop flights between Honolulu and Sydney using its Boeing 767-300ER aircraft seating up to 264 passengers, with 18 seats in First Class and the remainder in Economy Class.

Hawaiian Flight #451 departs Honolulu (HNL) International Airport daily at 11:50 a.m. and arrives at Sydney International Airport (SYD) at 7:20 p.m. the following day.

The return Flight #452 departs Sydney (SYD) daily at 9:20 p.m. and arrives in Honolulu (HNL) at 10:10 a.m. the same day. (Sydney is 21 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)

The flight between Honolulu and Sydney is approximately 10 hours.

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