Officials seek Tokyo-Kona flights

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Tourism Authority is working to have Japan Airlines fly 10 flights from Tokyo’s Narita airport to Kailua-Kona this summer in hopes they sell well and lead the carrier to restore regularly scheduled service to the Big Island.

HTA Brand Management Vice President David Uchiyama said Wednesday that the grounding of Boeing 787 aircraft is creating uncertainty for the plan. The grounding means the airline may not have enough planes to operate the charters.

Uchiyama says how soon the 787s can fly will determine whether Japan Airlines will follow through.

Japan Airlines flew nonstop from Narita to Kona for 14 years. It halted the flight in 2010 while it restructured during bankruptcy.