We have been writing about and waiting for nonstop Hawaii to Europe flights for years. And barring anything weirder happening in the world, we still expect to see Hawaiian Airlines fly nonstop between Honolulu and London after they take delivery of their upcoming fleet of Boeing 789 Dreamliners. Check back with us later on that coming to fruition anytime soon. But in the interim, nonstop flights from Honolulu to Europe actually occurred just this week.
On Tuesday, Norwegian Air operated two nonstop flights from Honolulu to Frankfurt. That in order to ferry passengers from the Norwegian Jewel cruise ship, after it docked in Honolulu. The charter flight used Boeing 744 aircraft from Wamos Air. The two flights first stopped in Germany, then went on to Madrid to drop off passengers.
The arrival of the cruise ship in Honolulu that lead to the world-wide charters that followed, was unexpected. While originally refused docking, a last minute change in plans occurred, that resulted from one of the ship’s engine’s failing. It was not deemed safe for it to continue across the Pacific to San Diego, as had otherwise been planned.
While not for the reasons we were of course hoping, there have now been two nonstop Hawaii and Europe flights. When flights start as scheduled flights in earnest, these will be about 14 hours in duration.
Hawaiian has been planning to begin delivery of its new fleet for long range flights starting next year. We don’t know if that will change now, but with those planes will come new routes, including Southeast Asia, as well as Europe/UK.
See Boeing Dreamliner Shakes Up Hawaiian Airlines Fleet. You can also see the new Hawaiian Dreamliner interior here.