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.
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.
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.
Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (current livery):
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.
Virgin America aircraft slide show:
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Photo: Hyeonwoo Noh/Wikipedia. Jin Air’s Boeing 777-2B5 ER HL7743 (msn 34208) departs from Seoul (Incheon).