Hawaiian connects Hawaii nonstop with Florida

Hawaiian Airlines has made this announcement:

Floridians yearning for a Hawai‘i vacation can now conveniently travel from the Sunshine to the Aloha state with Hawaiian Airlines’ new, twice-weekly nonstop service between Orlando (MCO) and Honolulu (HNL). Hawai‘i’s hometown carrier this morning welcomed guests with flower lei, and Hawaiian music and dance as they boarded the first scheduled commercial flight connecting Florida and Hawai‘i.

Hawaiian will increase MCO-HNL service to three weekly flights from June 1 through Aug. 10 to meet summer travel demand.

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Dancers and musicians performed at the inaugural ceremony for HA85 at Orlando International Airport

Prior to the start of Hawaiian’s service, Orlando was one of the largest U.S. travel markets to the Hawaiian Islands without nonstop flights. A sought-after destination for Hawai’i residents visiting its world-renowned attractions, Orlando becomes Hawaiian’s third Eastern gateway city – along with New York (JFK) and Boston (BOS).

Flight HA85 departs Orlando on Tuesday and Saturday at 8:15 a.m. with a 2:05 p.m. scheduled arrival in Honolulu, allowing guests to check in to their accommodations and begin exploring O‘ahu or connect to any of Hawaiian’s four Neighbor Island destinations. The flight from Honolulu to Orlando, HA86, departs on Thursday and Sunday at 5:15 p.m. and arrives at 7 a.m. the next day. Hawaiian’s increased seasonal summer schedule will include additional departures from MCO on Thursdays and from HNL on Tuesdays.

HA85 water cannon salute

HA85 departed MCO with a water cannon salute to mark the inaugural service