Low-budget airline Scoot made its U.S. debut in Hawaii on Tuesday at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
More than 300 people made the trip to Honolulu on the gold and white Dreamliner flying from Singapore to Hawaii.
"It was good. It was so fast because it was direct from Osaka. It was only 6-and-a-half hours," said Osaka resident Justin Beikler.
The arrival of Scoot adds flights to and from Osaka and Singapore, now available four days a week.
"I would imagine for residents in Hawaii, if you go all the way out to Singapore, you're not going to visit just one country. You want to go to Thailand, Indonesia, and we allow for that through very, very affordable airfares throughout the whole region," said Scoot CEO Lee Lik Hsin.
When travelers save on ticket prices, the Hawaii Tourism Authority says they come ready to spend and have a good time.
"Our research also shows that low-cost carriers carry a high percentage of spenders. So that's also very good for Hawaii," said HTA President and CEO George Szigeti.
Gov. David Ige says Scoot's customers will shell out an estimated $80 million and bring an extra $9 million in tax revenue.
"Japan is our number one international market, so we think Southeast Asia could be a really big player for Hawaii," said Szigeti.
Sen. Mazie Hirono released the following statement:
I welcome Scoot Airlines' new service to Honolulu. Today's flight builds on Hawaii’s deep ties with Singapore and Japan, and helps strengthen our state's economy and visitor industry. Singapore and Japan's inclusion in the Global Entry program will expedite and simplify the process for approved visitors from these nations upon arrival in Honolulu and better serve our traveling public.