Per an email news release, Hawaiian Airlines is launching one new daily route and adding several more seasonal flights to their summer 2018 schedule. Most of these are to west coast cities, but their service to Tokyo is also seeing an expansion.
The one new daily route is between San Diego (SAN) and Maui (OGG). The route will be serviced by a new A321neo aircraft starting May 1, 2018.
The additional seasonal summer service will also utilize the new Airbus aircraft, if I’m reading the news release correctly. The routes include San Francisco to Honolulu and Oakland to Kona.
Hawaiian is moving its wide-body A330 aircraft to supplement their existing LAX-OGG and HNL-NRT service during the summer as well. These aircraft feature lie-flat seats in their business cabin, although flight awards are a bit pricey using Hawaiian’s own miles. I’m not sure its even worth it for a flight from LAX to Maui.
Great deal on the new route
To celebrate the new San Diego – Maui service, Hawaiian is offering seats at an introductory price of $199 one-way. While not the best deal I’ve ever seen on a ticket to Hawaii, this is still a good deal. These fares are available for Monday-Thursday travel between May 1 and May 24. You must also book by December 11.
The bragging starts
After laying out all the new service being added to their schedule, Hawaiian starts bragging about having the best on-time performance of any U.S. airline for the past 13 years running. While technically true, Hawaiian doesn’t have to deal with as many of the challenges other U.S. carriers face, including major irrops in winter, and inclement (or disastrous) weather that cancels large numbers of flights. It’s pretty easy to be the most punctual when all your hub airports have some of the best weather in the world.
Obviously, this new service doesn’t affect everyone, but it is cool to see it being added, especially with fresh aircraft. If you live in/near SD, consider snagging one of the cheap tickets before they are gone!
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