News today that United Airlines plans to get a competitive jump over Hawaiian Airlines with new flights to Hawaii that start this year. Their announcement is strategically positioned prior to Hawaiian Airlines’ 2018 service expansion.
This brings the number of United Airlines’ Hawaii flights to 40 each day. United will again offer the most service to Hawaii, and has flown to the islands since 1947.
In a press release entitled “Aloha to More Hawaii” earlier today, the company announced a significant increase in flights from California, Denver and Chicago.
“This combination of increased and enhanced service by United Airlines is fantastic news for Hawaii’s tourism industry, especially with the number of direct flights being added to Maui, Kauai and island of Hawaii.” –George D. Szigeti, President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Beat of Hawaii: This is great news for competition on Hawaii flights which will result in significant downward pressure on pricing for the foreseeable future.
Hawaiian Airlines upcoming announcements.
Beat of Hawaii expects Hawaiian Airlines to announce new flights that may include both Denver and Chicago in the not distant future. Hawaiian Airlines will likely offer lie flat premium seating from Chicago (A330 aircraft), but not from Denver (A321 aircraft). In order not be be outdone, United announced 180 degree lie flat seating in premium on all direct Hawaii flights other than those from California.
United Airlines Hawaii flight changes.
Starting December 20, United will increase service from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco to Hawaii. The airline will continue operating its daily nonstop service to Honolulu from all seven domestic hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., plus Guam and Tokyo.
“As we celebrate our 70th anniversary in Hawaii this year, today’s announcement carries a very special significance for our customers…. Our customers have asked for more ways to get to Hawaii, and by adding these flights we are thrilled to make Hawaii more accessible than ever for our customers travelling from the Midwest, Rocky Mountain and West Coast regions.” — Jake Cefolia, United’s Sales VP.
Starting December 20, seasonal flights from Denver to Kona, Lihue and Maui will increase to daily year-round service. The airline will continue its year-round daily service from Denver to Honolulu.
United will continue daily service to Honolulu and will increase service to Maui to five times per week beginning December 20.
United will continue to operate five times daily service to Honolulu, and will increase service between LAX and Hilo, Kona, Maui and Lihue beginning December 20. Hilo service will be daily, Kona and Lihue will be twice daily, and Maui will be three times daily.
United will continue to operate five times daily service to Honolulu, and will also now operate five times daily to Maui. Kona will increase to three times daily, and Lihue will increase to twice daily. Effective December 20.