Two major announcements from Hawaii's airlift scene: Hawaiian Airlines will be adding a third daily flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu on a year-round basis, starting in June 2012. Hawaiian had previously offered this flight on a seasonal basis to accommodate peak summer travel demand. In addition, the airline is also increasing its seat capacity between Honolulu and Sydney, Australia.
Starting June 7, 2012, Hawaiian’s Flight #3 will depart Los Angeles International Airport daily at 10:30 a.m. and arrive at Honolulu International Airport at 1:10 p.m. The return Flight #4 will depart Honolulu daily at 10:20 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles the following morning at 6:45 a.m.
The flight’s mid-morning departure from Los Angeles offers an alternative to Hawaiian’s earlier departure, yet still allows travelers enough time on arrival to spend the afternoon exploring Oahu or connect to a neighbor island in time for dinner or sunset on the beach. The schedule’s late evening return from Honolulu allows visitors a full final day in Hawaii before returning home.
Hawaiian currently operates two daily flights between Los Angeles and Honolulu. Hawaiian Flight #1 departs Los Angeles daily at 8:55 a.m. and arrives in Honolulu at 12:45 p.m., with the return Flight #2 departing Honolulu daily at 3:05 p.m. and arriving in Los Angeles at 10:30 p.m. Hawaiian Flight #9 departs Los Angeles daily at 5:05 p.m. and arrives in Honolulu at 9:00 p.m., with the return Flight #10 departing Honolulu at 8:00 a.m. and arriving in Los Angeles at 3:25 p.m.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, said in a statement that the new flight is possible thanks to the growth of the airline's long-haul fleet. The increase in service will add more than 70,000 air seats annually between the two cities.
This week, Hawaiian will become the only carrier to operate daily flights on the Sydney-Honolulu route, and has just announced a new and larger Airbus A330-200 aircraft in May 2012.
As previously announced, Hawaiian will increase from five flights per week to daily service on the Sydney-Honolulu route starting this Wednesday, December 14, using its current wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, immediately boosting its available seats by 40 percent and adding approximately 12,000 seats on the route between now and the transition to new A330 aircraft.
The larger wide-body, twin-aisle A330s, which seat 294 passengers in a two-class cabin, 30 more than the B767s, will further increase Hawaiian’s Sydney-Honolulu seat capacity by 11 percent per flight, or nearly 11,000 seats annually – the equivalent of 41 additional B767 flights.