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Southwest Airlines launches its Hawaii service

Southwest Airlines on March 17 operated its first scheduled flight to Hawaii from the Mainland. Flight WN 6808, a 5.5-hour nonstop flight from Oakland, arrived in Honolulu with the traditional water cannon salute and leis.

The new route is operated with its Boeing 737-800 ETOPS. The first flight was operated with Boeing 737-8H4 N8329B.

Another inaugural flight from Oakland to Kahului Airport (OGG), Maui will start on April 7.

In subsequent weeks, the carrier will inaugurate additional service from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) to Honolulu on May 5 and to Kahului on May 26.

Southwest will operate its first interisland service within Hawaii between Honolulu and Kahului, four times daily in each direction, beginning April 28, followed by service between Honolulu and Ellison Onizuka International Airport at Keahole (KOA) on Hawaii Island, four times daily in each direction, beginning May 12. The additional interisland service will make possible connecting service between Kona and both Oakland and San Jose.

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Southwest Airlines has today announced the carrier will begin service to Hawaii on March 17, 2019, with an inaugural flight from Oakland International Airport (OAK) to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) in Honolulu, Oahu, followed by an inaugural flight from Oakland to Kahului Airport (OGG), Maui on April 7.

In subsequent weeks, the carrier will inaugurate additional service from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) to Honolulu on May 5 and to Kahului on May 26.

Southwest will operate its first interisland service within Hawaii between Honolulu and Kahului, four times daily in each direction, beginning April 28, followed by service between Honolulu and Ellison Onizuka International Airport at Keahole (KOA) on Hawaii Island, four times daily in each direction, beginning May 12. The additional interisland service will make possible connecting service between Kona and both Oakland and San Jose.

Additional service details, including plans for previously announced gateways of San Diego and Sacramento, and for Lihue, on Kauai, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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RECAP | SOUTHWEST AIRLINES INITIAL PHASE OF SERVICE FOR HAWAII (chronologically):

  • Oakland to Honolulu begins once daily on March 17, 2019; Honolulu to Oakland begins once daily on March 18; the route will be flown twice daily in each direction as of March 24.
  • Oakland to Kahuluibegins once daily on April 7, 2019; Kahului to Oakland begins once daily on April 8; the route will be flown twice daily in each direction as of April 10.
  • Interisland service four times daily in each direction between Honolulu and Kahului begins April 28.
  • San Jose to Honolulu service begins May 5, once daily in each direction.
  • Interisland service four times daily in each direction between Honolulu and Kona begins May 12.
  • San Jose to Kahului service begins May 26, once daily in each direction.

Southwest Airlines intends to serve Hawaii nonstop from Oakland, San Diego, San Jose and Sacramento

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N8716B (msn 42544) LAS (Ken Petersen). Image: 941280.

Southwest Airlines today shared more details in the carrier’s service plans for Hawaii by announcing initial gateway cities in California that would offer nonstop service pending required regulatory approvals. Oakland Metropolitan Airport (OAK), San Diego International Airport (SAN), Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), and SacramentoInternational Airport (SMF) would gain Hawaii service in the carrier’s flight schedules following FAA authorization for Hawaii service.

Last week, Southwest announced its initial plan to serve four airports in the Hawaiian Islands: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu (HNL), Kahului Airport on Maui (OGG), Lihue Airport on Kauai(LIH), and Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) on the leeward side of The Island of Hawaii.

In the latest of a two-year series of community meetings across the Islands to gain insight ahead of potential service, Southwest President Tom Nealon this morning shared details of today’s announcement with tourism, civic, and government leaders and further shared the carrier’s intention to eventually offer some interisland flights as operations ramp up initially across four airports in Hawaii.

 

Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N8716B (msn 42544) LAS (Ken Petersen). Image: 941280.

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ANA to bring the Airbus A380 to Hawaii, announces a “Paint the Plane Contest”

ANA, Japan’s largest airline, will upgrade the aircraft on its Tokyo-Honolulu route to the spacious, double-decker Airbus A380 starting in spring 2019. To commemorate the deployment of these three new aircraft, ANA is inviting both pro and aspiring amateur artists to submit designs that will get people excited about visiting the tropical island paradise. The Grand Prize winner will receive a pair of round trip tickets in business class between Tokyo and Honolulu, while runners up will receive original ANA souvenirs.

To enter, contestants submit their designs between October 7th and November 30th either by mail or at the official website (https://ana-a380contest.jp/en/). Please see the website for details. The ANA Contest Office will select the Grand Prize and other winners in February 2017.

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Delta to operate the Boeing 737-900ER to Hawaii

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-932 ER SSWL N835DN (msn 31945) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 402755.

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is planning to operate the Boeing 737-900 ER (Extended Range) daily between Seattle/Tacoma and Honolulu starting on April 4 per Airline Route. The newer type will replace existing Boeing 757-200 aircraft. The carrier will use the 737 also on the Seattle/Tacoma – Kona route commencing on April 17.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-932 ER N835DN (msn 31945) departs from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Virgin America begins flying from San Francisco to Maui, Hawaii

Named "Pineapple Express" for Hawaii service (Hula Girl)

Virgin America (San Francisco) yesterday (December 3) launched the San Francisco – Kahului, Maui route. The new route will be operated three days a week.

In November, Virgin America launched daily nonstop flights from San Francisco to Honolulu.

The Hawaii flights will be operated with new Airbus A320 aircraft that are equipped with fuel-saving, ‘sharklet’ wingtip devices, allowing the airline to operate flights more efficiently, especially over longer haul routes.

Copyright Photo: Andres Meneses/AirlinersGallery.com. Featuring an image of a Hula Girl and named “Pineapple Express”, Airbus A320-214 N281VA (msn 6669) is one of the aircraft assigned to the flights to Hawaii.

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Video: On November 2, Virgin America celebrated the launch of new daily nonstop flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) with a series of festive events in San Francisco and Honolulu – including the opportunity for workaholics to score the ultimate #Hawaiiscape with Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson. Virgin America teamed up with Airbnb to encourage travelers to “Work Hard, Hawai‘i Hard” by experiencing all that the Aloha state has to offer. On December 3, the airline’s Hawai‘i schedule grew again with daily nonstop flights from SFO to Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG).

Allegiant to retire the Boeing 757 and end Hawaii service

All Boeing 757-200s to be retired by early 2017

Allegiant Air (Honolulu) has announced it is ending all service to Hawaii and as a result will retire the last Boeing 757-200.

The company started service to the 50th State in June 2012 from Fresno and Las Vegas and has been downsizing the number of routes to the islands. Due to rising costs, the company will exit the Hawaii market in early September 2016 when it drops the last route to Honolulu. The last 757 will exit the fleet in early 2017.

Employees in Hawaii will be relocated.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-204 N901NV (msn 25963) lands at the Las Vegas base.

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Richard Branson helps Virgin America launch flights to Hawaii

Virgin America arrives in Hawaii (VA)(LRW)

Virgin America (San Francisco) yesterday (November 2) celebrated the launch of new daily nonstop flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) with a series of festive events in San Francisco and Honolulu.

Virgin America FAs (VA)(LRW)

On December 3, the airline’s Hawai’i schedule grows again with daily nonstop flights from SFO to Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG).

Virgin America A320 Pineapple Express (VA)(LRW)

Virgin America will fly to Hawai’i with its newest Airbus A320 aircraft, equipped with fuel-saving ‘sharklet’ wingtip devices. Earlier this year, the airline completed the Federal Aviation Administration’s Extended Operation certification in order to operate longer range overwater flights. The first of Virgin America’s aircraft to fly to Hawai’i was named “Pineapple Express” (above) by the airline’s teammates and features a surfer girl image created by street/tattoo artist Si Scott.

Photos: Virgin America.

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Jin Air is coming to Hawaii in December

Jin Air 777-200 HL7743 (08)(Tko) ICN (Hyeonwoo Noh)(LRW)

Jin Air (subsidiary of Korean Air) (Seoul) is expanding eastward to Hawaii. The low-fare carrier will launch Boeing 777-200 flights from Seoul (Incheon) to Honolulu on December 19. The new route will be operated five days a week.

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Photo: Hyeonwoo Noh/Wikipedia. Jin Air’s Boeing 777-2B5 ER HL7743 (msn 34208) departs from Seoul (Incheon).

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Delta to add new Hawaii service from both Seattle/Tacoma and Portland, will introduce the 717 to SEA

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) next winter is adding two additional seasonal routes from the Pacific Northwest to Hawaii. According to Airline Route, the carrier will add daily Boeing 757 service from Seattle/Tacoma to Kona (Hawaii) and Portland-Honolulu flights starting December 19, 2015.

On February 23 Delta issued this statement:

Delta Air Lines is adding service from its hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Kona International Airport and will increase service from select seasonal markets beginning as soon as summer 2015.

The new and increased Seattle service will operate as follows:

One daily flight to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii beginning December 19, 2015

One additional daily flight to Palm Springs, California, for a total of two daily seasonal flights beginning December 19, 2015

One daily seasonal flight to Tucson, Arizona, which was previously Saturday service, beginning December 19, 2015

Extension of seasonal service to daily year-round service to Fairbanks and Juneau, Alaska, beginning May 15, 2015

Expanded seasonal service to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, beginning October 3, 2015

Service to Kona will be operated with Boeing 757-200 aircraft. Fairbanks, Juneau and Puerto Vallarta will use Boeing 737-800 aircraft, while Los Cabos will use Airbus A319 aircraft. Palm Springs and Tucson service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines using two-class, 65-seat Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft.

Additionally, Delta will introduce Boeing 717 aircraft on some existing routes between Seattle/Tacoma and Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix starting on September 1.

As Seattle’s global airline, Delta offers customers access to a worldwide network of destinations throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. with 85 peak-day departures to 31 destinations from Seattle. By summer, the airline will operate 126 flights to 35 destinations from its West Coast hub.

Delta will serve Seattle’s top 15 destinations in the Western U.S. when recently announced service to Boise, Idaho; Denver; and Sacramento, Calif., launches this spring. Ketchikan and Sitka, Alaska, service will also launch in May, completing the top five destinations in Alaska.

During the summer, Delta offers 10 long-haul international flights from Seattle/Tacoma, providing as much long-haul international service from Seattle/Tacoma as all other airlines combined. This includes the top five destinations in Asia and three of the top four destinations in Europe. Delta is the only carrier to offer nonstop service from Seattle/Tacoma to Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo-Haneda.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Northwest Boeing 757-251 N549US (msn 26496) completes its final approach into Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).

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