Daily flights from Long Beach to Honolulu are set to commence on May 31, 2018.
Depart Long Beach airport at 830am and arrive Honolulu at 1140am. Depart Honolulu at 1230pm and arrive Long Beach at 9pm. While flights cannot yet be booked, the Hawaiian Airlines website now lists Long Beach as a direct service airport (image below). This will be a code share in conjunction with partner JetBlue. Stay tuned for any cheap flights to Hawaii associated with this news.
Could this be a shrewd preemptive move against upcoming Southwest Airlines Hawaii flights? Read on.
We first learned that the new route was added Sunday to the OAG (official airline guide) schedule. OAG maintains a professional database of nearly one thousand airlines and their flights. It showed up next on another airline routes database, and was subsequently noted as a direct service airport on the Hawaiian website.
More Re: New Hawaiian Airlines Routes
Today, January 8, is set to be a big day in any event, regarding new Hawaiian Airlines routes. It marks the inaugural trans-Pacific flight of the company’s A321neo aircraft. That will be operating from Maui to Oakland. Beat of Hawaii editors Jeff and Rob snagged seats and will be on board. Beat of Hawaii will subsequently be providing a complete trip report, including all of the details about the new Airbus A321neo aircraft.
Long Beach has never had direct service to Hawaii. Nearby Orange County airport, John Wayne, however, has previously had flights to Hawaii. Those were on both Aloha Airlines and United. John Wayne, however, has operational issues among other things, that make it less desirable from an airline point of view.
There is a huge nearby audience for new Hawaiian Airlines routes operating out of Long Beach. It is easy in/easy out when compared with heavily congested LAX. Hawaiian partner JetBlue has operated out of Long Beach since 2001. Using that airport further opens the possibility of more code share services to other JetBlue locations. Those could include one-stops from west coast cities plus Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Austin, Fort Lauderdale, Boston and New York.
Competition at Long Beach Airport. In recent years, JetBlue has faced competition at Long Beach from new Hawaii entrant, Southwest Airlines. The question is, could Southwest also be poised to introduce Hawaii flights from Long Beach?
We will update you with any further details.