WAILUKU, MAUI – June 09, 2010 - Fulfilling the longstanding wishes ofkama‘aina throughout Maui County, Hawaiian Airlines today announced that it will introduce its first-ever nonstop flight between Maui and Las Vegas, starting twice-weekly service on October 3, 2010.
Peter Ingram, executive vice president and CFO of Hawaiian Airlines, said the addition of three new Airbus A330-200 aircraft to Hawaiian’s fleet this year is giving the company increased flexibility to expand its Las Vegas service.
“We’ve known for a long time how popular Las Vegas is with Maui residents, so we’re pleased to offer this new flight to address that demand,” said Ingram. “At the same time, we believe the convenience of this new nonstop service will boost visitor traffic to Maui, as Las Vegas is home to so many people with strong ties to the islands as well as a busy hub for flight connections on other carriers.”
“This is great news for our community,” said Mayor Charmaine Tavares. “Our residents will enjoy flying direct to a favorite destination. Aside from being a fun vacation spot – many of our island families have relatives and friends in Las Vegas. This new service will make it more convenient for them to stay connected. I want to thank Hawaiian Airlines for expanding their flight service and bringing this welcomed addition to Maui.”
Hawaiian’s new Las Vegas nonstop flight is designed for the travel convenience of Maui residents. Flight #32 will depart Kahului Airport on Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. and arrive at McCarran International Airport at 4:35 p.m., giving enough time to enjoy a full evening in Las Vegas the first day.
Flight #31 will depart Las Vegas on Sundays and Wednesdays at 6:25 p.m. and arrive on Maui at 9:25 p.m., allowing for a full final vacation day in Las Vegas before arriving home in time to enjoy a good night’s sleep.
When Daylight Saving Time ends, the Las Vegas departure and arrival times will be approximately one hour earlier.
Hawaiian will serve the Maui-Las Vegas route with its wide-body Boeing 767-300 aircraft seating up to 264 passengers, resulting in more than 2,000 new air seats per month. Passengers will be treated to the hospitality of Hawaiian’s distinctive and award-winning “Hawaii Starts Here” onboard service, showcasing the culture, music, natural beauty, and people of Hawaii throughout the flight.
The Maui-Las Vegas flight is the third nonstop flight that Hawaiian is adding to its schedule this year between Maui and the U.S. mainland. This past weekend, Hawaiian launched its first-ever nonstop flights between Maui and Oakland, adding 24,000 new air seats for the peak summer season. On June 17, Hawaiian is re-introducing seasonal nonstop service between Maui and San Diego for the first time since 2008, providing an additional 18,000 air seats for the summer.
Tickets can be booked online atHawaiianAirlines.com, by calling Hawaiian’s reservations department toll-free at (800) 367-5320, or through any professional travel agent.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian is the nation’s highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in 2009 in the 20th annual Airline Quality Rating study, having earned that distinction in three of the past four years. Hawaiian has also led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past six years (2004-2009) and has been an industry leader in fewest misplaced bags during that same period (#1 from 2005-2007, #2 in 2008 and 2009) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the top domestic airline offering flights to Hawaii.
Now in its 81st year of continuous service for Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state’s primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides more than 150 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.