Daily Nonstop Service Adds More Than 3,500 Seats Per Week to Valley Isle
HONOLULU, June 15, 2002 -- For the second time in eight days, Hawaiian Airlines has significantly expanded its daily nonstop transpacific service between California and Hawaii. Last week, Oahu was the recipient of new nonstop service to Honolulu from Sacramento and Ontario, CA.
Today, Maui was the big winner with Hawaiian inaugurating a new flight from San Francisco and resuming service from Los Angeles after an eight-month hiatus.
The new flights add more than 3,500 seats per week to the Valley Isle from California's two largest markets. Hawaiian now serves Maui with three daily nonstop transpacific routes, having previously introduced service between Seattle and Maui on March 15.
With the addition of the new Maui flights, Hawaiian has added more than 7,000 new seats per week for Hawaii in an eight-day span.
The new flights increases Hawaiian's transpacific schedule to 12 daily nonstop flights between seven key western U.S. markets and Hawaii. Hawaiian connects more U.S. cities to Hawaii with daily nonstop service than any other airline.
Passengers departing this morning on the inaugural San Francisco flight to Maui were greeted at the boarding gate by entertainers performing Hawaiian music and hula, and a fresh flower lei from the flight attendants. The ceremonial festivities included a traditional Hawaiian blessing from a kahu (Hawaiian priest). Upon arrival in Maui, passengers were again greeted with Hawaiian music, hula, and a fresh flower lei.
Flight 15 will depart daily from the San Francisco International Airport at 9:40 a.m. and arrive at Maui's Kahului Airport at 12:00 p.m. The return Flight 14 will depart Maui at 1:25 p.m. and arrive in San Francisco at 9:35 p.m.
Hawaiian also resumed its daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Maui, which was eliminated last October as part of the company's flight schedule reduction following September 11. Flight 5 will depart daily from the Los Angeles International Airport at 11:05 a.m. and arrive in Maui at 1:30 p.m. The return Flight 6 will depart Maui at 3:00 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 11:10 p.m.
Hawaiian will operate the Maui routes with its state-of-the-art Boeing 767-300ER extended-range aircraft. The twin-aisle, twinjet B767-300ER seats 252 passengers, 18 in First Class and 234 in Coach Class, featuring widebody comfort and the convenience of a 2-3-2 seating configuration that offers either window or aisle seating to 80 percent of the passengers onboard.
Hawaiian is scheduled to replace its existing widebody fleet of DC-10 aircraft operating transpacific routes between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland and two South Pacific destinations with 16 Boeing 767-300ER aircraft by this time next year. The carrier currently has five new Boeing 767-300ER wide-body jets in service between Hawaii and the western U.S.
Having completely replaced its interisland fleet of narrowbody DC-9 aircraft with new Boeing 717-200 jets in 2001, the replacement of Hawaiian's widebody aircraft will leave the carrier with one of the youngest fleets in the airline industry.
Founded in Honolulu 72 years ago, Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii's longest-serving and largest airline. The nation's 12th largest airline, it is also the second-largest provider of passenger service between the West Coast and Hawaii.
Hawaiian takes great pride in its innovative onboard service programs that highlight and promote the people and culture of Hawaii. The airline has earned numerous international awards for service in recent years, including the 2001 Zagat Survey's award for Best Overall U.S. Airline in the Premier category, and the 2001 Diamond Award for In-Flight Service from Onboard Services magazine. Hawaiian was also rated third highest in Travel & Leisure magazine's most recent ranking of the Top 10 U.S. Airlines.
Additional information on Hawaiian Airlines, including previously issued company news releases, is available on the airline's Web site at www.HawaiianAir.com.