Could Delta Airlines Hawaii flights be part of the upcoming head on competition that’s about to shake up flights to Hawaii? We think so based on this hint. They just announced that seasonal service between Las Vegas and Honolulu will be extended permanently. Read on for our airline analysis and find out why we forecast one of the best year’s ahead for Hawaii deals in 2018.
First, United Airlines is clear that that they will remain the preeminent provider of flights to Hawaii. The company recently stated that they will operate up to 40 each day. With that United will again offer the most service to Hawaii, having flown to the islands since 1947.
Hawaiian Airlines is busy re-fleeting for the west coast. It’s obvious that Hawaii is their domain and they won’t be outdone here in terms of either flights or competitive pricing. They are about to start replacement of their aging fleet of Boeing 767 planes with new A321neo aircraft. The first three Hawaiian Airlines A321neo routes already announced will make use their first delivery of two aircraft. Those will arrive at Hawaiian in the next few months and enter regular service early in early 2018. Hawaiian is scheduled to obtain 9 more A321neo planes in 2018, most of which will arrive early in the year. That will result in an unknown number of new routes and route adjustments/increases. Stay tuned for announcements upcoming.
Is Delta Airlines interested in competing head-on in flights to Hawaii?
Delta Airlines Hawaii flights currently include service to Hawaii (Honolulu, Maui, Big Island and Kauai) from Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, and Atlanta. An announcement yesterday on Delta flight schedules piqued our interest and gave us reason to think they might just want more.
Delta announced that their planned holiday service between Las Vegas and Honolulu has been extended. Previously it was scheduled from December 21 through January 14 only, as a daily seasonal service. That will now be extended as Saturday weekly service starting January 15, and then will return to Friday, Saturday and Sunday service from February 16 through April 1. That before returning to weekly service on Saturdays starting April 7.
Three reasons this is a big deal: First, Delta has continued to hound Alaska Air with their presence in Seattle following the breakup of their long-term relationship. Second, in the past months they have shown a renewed Hawaii interested and have taken part in on-again off-again deals between the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. Lastly, we (and Delta) anticipate Hawaiian AIrlines encroaching on Delta’s Hawaii flights with its own flights to Salt Lake City, as one example.
Our Delta Predictions: Next we expect to see Delta make a run at regular daily service between Honolulu and/or Maui and Las Vegas. We also would not be surprised to see them expand with direct to neighbor island flights from the Pacific Northwest. And perhaps more.