American Airlines Sponsor Hawaii’s Honolulu Marathon

December 2, 2011

American Airlines have announced today it has become a new sponsoring partner of the Honolulu Marathon.

Theo Panagiotoulias, American’s Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, said: “American is pleased to join oneworld and trans-Pacific joint business partner Japan Airlines (JAL) in supporting what is one of the world’s finest marathons. We believe the marathon offers a unique opportunity for bridging cultures through the spirit of Aloha. It celebrates how our two airlines are working together to deliver world-class service to customers and benefits to our communities.”

Hideo Ninomiya, Executive Officer, Managing Division Route Marketing, Japan Airlines, added: “JAL is proud to have been a main sponsor for the Honolulu Marathon and through it, contribute to the Hawaiian community for the last 26 years. This year, we are delighted to have American Airlines join us in supporting this valuable and meaningful sporting event which draws together people from around the world.”

“We are thrilled to have American join our Honolulu marathon family. Their sponsorship of the event in conjunction with Japan Airlines helps to further bring different cultures and people together in the celebration known as the Honolulu Marathon,” said Marathon President Dr. Jim Barahal.

Hawaii is an important destination for both American Airlines and JAL. American has been serving the Hawaiian market since 1970, currently with six flights a day from the U.S. mainland.

JAL first flew to Hawaii in 1954 and now operates six daily flights to Honolulu. In celebration of how close the American/JAL partnership has grown, the two airlines have recently co-located at American’s award-winning Admirals Club on the Ewa Concourse at Honolulu International Airport.