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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa, (Samoa News, June 20) - Hawaiian
Airlines' third weekly flight between Pago Pago and Honolulu for the busy summer
months started last night and will continue until the first week of September.

The extra flight left Honolulu at 4:45 p.m. (Hawaii time) and
was scheduled to arrive in Pago Pago after 9 p.m. (local time) last night. The
flight will then depart around 11:05 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive in
Honolulu at 5 a.m. today.

For more than five years, the Honolulu-based carrier has been
adding a third weekly flight for the summer months to accommodate the busy
travel time..

As of Monday this week, flights are full up to June 26th.

Travel becomes popular with many students attending school in
the U.S. heading home for a visit and rest, not to mention the large delegation
attending the annual Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS)
conference at its Kanana Fou compound.

The conference attracts delegates from Hawaii, San Francisco,
Los Angeles, Alaska in the U.S. also from Australia and New Zealand in the South
Pacific, at times numbering more than 600 participants.

There are also many individuals and small groups coming here to
visit friends and relatives and family gatherings.

Outbound flights are full with various individuals and groups,
such as school groups, heading off-island. Many students are also taking summer
vacation at this time of the year either in Hawaii or on the mainland.

The extra weekly flight will end on Sept. 4th.

Hawaiian Airlines currently operates its to and from Pago Pago
utilizing its new Boeing 767 aircraft.

In the meantime, Hawaiian has received a second 30-day extension
from one of its aircraft lessors, International Lease Finance Corp (ILFC).

Airlines spokesman Keoni Wagner told the Associated Press that
the extension gives Hawaiian and ILFC time to document the restructuring of the
financial terms of leases for four Boeing 767 aircraft and to obtain the
approval of U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The restructuring agreement was announced April 30.

Under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, Hawaiian faced the possible
repossession of leased aircraft 60 days after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
protection March 21.

The first 30-day extension Hawaiian received from ILFC was set
to expire June 21. It was aimed at giving the airline and company time to
re-negotiate the leases.

A similar extension with Boeing Capital Corp., which leases 16
aircraft to Hawaiian, is due to end June 27.

June 24, 2003

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