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HONOLULU, Hawaii (August 12, 1997)---Hawaii's Aloha Airlines will inaugurate weekly charter service between Honolulu and Kiribati's Christmas Island today, re-establishing a passenger and cargo air link it offered several years ago.

Using Boeing 737 aircraft, the Tuesday flights will depart Honolulu at 6:00 a.m. and return the same day at 1:00 p.m., once again providing Christmas Island with consistent air service from Hawaii.

Earlier plans by Honolulu-based Coral Pacific Airlines to provide through service from Honolulu to Christmas Island and on to the Micronesian nation's capital of Tarawa did not materialize.

Christmas Island, the world's second largest atoll, is popular with bone fishing enthusiasts. It is also the location of a Japanese satellite tracking station.

Japan's space agency, NASDA, is considering expanding its Christmas Island facilities to accommodate a potential recovery site for a series of unmanned space shuttle launches planned for the year 2000.



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