HONOLULU, April 17, 1997 -- Hawaiian Airlines has announced that it will begin scheduled nonstop flights to Maui from San Francisco on May 2, 1997, offering two round trips per week.

Hawaiian is offering introductory promotional fares of $299 for Tuesday departures and $329 for Saturday departures May 2 through June 12, 1997, and for the travel period of September 5 through October 25, 1997. The introductory fares are available for a limited number of seats on each flight, require ticketing at least 48 hours prior to departure and are non-refundable.

Hawaiian Flight 15 will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays, departing San Francisco for Kahului at 11:15 a.m., arriving at 1:20 p.m. and then continue to Honolulu at 2:20 p.m., arriving at 3:05 p.m.

Peter Jenkins, Hawaiian's senior vice president for marketing and sales, said the new nonstop service to Maui is in response to growing demand for the destination. "Wherever there is adequate demand, Hawaiian will offer mainland visitors increased access to Hawaii. Demand for travel to Maui, Hawaii's second-most popular destination after Oahu, has strengthened to the point that it can support nonstop service on an extended basis," he said. Hawaiian will utilize wide-body McDonnell Douglas DC-10 jets for the new flights. Hawaiian's DC-10s offer 34 seats in First Class and 270 seats in Coach Class.

Hawaiian Airlines, the nation's 12th largest airline, provides scheduled and charter air transportation of passengers, cargo and mail on more than 150 daily flights among the Hawaiian Islands and between Hawaii and five West Coast gateway cities and two destinations in the South Pacific.

For flight schedule and fare information or to book travel on Hawaiian, consumers should contact Hawaiian Airlines Reservations at one of the following telephone numbers:

Mainland U.S.1-800-367-5320Oahu838-1555Maui871-6132Kauai245-1813Big Island326-5615Molokai553-3644Lanai565-7281