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Direct flights to Hawaii from New York, and cheap!

This is really big news: East Coasters soon will be able to fly direct to Hawaii. Hawaiian Airlines just announced it will begin daily nonstop service to Honolulu from Kennedy Airport on June 4, 2012.

What's more, introductory fares will be beyond dirt cheap: In honor of NYC's most popular area code, tickets purchased in the next four days (by Nov. 20, 2011) for travel between June 4 and June 30 will cost only $212 each way. Natually, seating is limited and that doesn't include taxes and fees, but still, a one-way flight to Honolulu with a stopover in Los Angeles typically costs more than $600.

There will be just one flight in each direction each day: Hawaiian 51 will depart JFK at 10 a.m. and arrive in Hololulu at 3 p.m., and Flight 50 (Get it? Hawaii 5-0?) will leave Honolulu daily at 3:05 p.m. and get you home at 6:55 a.m. the next day.

In-flight, passengers will get the only complimentary hot meals left on any Hawaii-bound flights in the United States, plus a state-of-the-art, on-demand entertainment system in every seatback that offers movies and videos, audio channels and video games. Each system also has a USB port allowing system connectivity for personal media players. (Passengers in first class get larger in-seat LCD screens and iPod compatibility.)

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