United Hawaii Flights Pruned | Equipment Shortages Complicate Travel Summer

United Hawaii Flights Pruned | Airlines Problems Complicate Summer Travel

United Airlines is reportedly having a problem with aircraft availability, and it goes beyond United, the New York route, and their planes. Lack of equipment, staffing issues, and parts availability are all part of the current upside-down equation in airline travel, including to and from Hawaii.

Starting tomorrow, United will cancel its important New York (Newark EWR) route to Honolulu, leaving Hawaiian Airlines as the only daily option on that route, at least for now. (Delta flies that route, too, but not daily).

We saw this reported by aviation buff JohnNYC, who we follow on Twitter. He said, and we can confirm, that the cancellations start on June 18 and will continue at least until the Friday of next week, if not longer. Rumors are that the cancelations could continue beyond that date.

Lack of equipment, parts and staffing are part of a very strained situation in Hawaii travel this summer.

Hawaii aircraft/parts availability at United, Hawaiian, Delta, etc.

The problem today is that United does not have enough aircraft to fulfill this vital Hawaii route. Part of the issue may be that United has pulled some of the fleets from service for upgrades. In addition, there’s a rolling effect of problems with obtaining parts, including engines, that can cause airlines to move flights around. Hawaiian Airlines has had to change up flights too when A321neo aircraft have not been available due to a lack of parts and engines. See Hawaiian + Delta Engine Problems Compound Summer Madness.

What is one of the busiest summers ever in Hawaii, necessitates that airlines have all cylinders firing in order to meet the demand. Our sense is that there are going to be airline problems this summer as capacity and demand get further out of balance.

As an unprecedented Hawaii travel summer unfolds, traveler flexibility and patience are needed!

As one example, for those still traveling on United between New York/Newark and Hawaii, there are other flights with connections that remain available. The nonstop, however, is the most in-demand for apparent reasons on that 5,000-mile route. We just returned to Hawaii from the eastern US, and without the nonstop being available, it added an additional 5+ hours to the already arduous journey.

You’ll be seeing several reviews soon about this last trip home to Hawaii from the mainland. We can both report that flights are running sold-out, and airlines and passengers are stretched thin in every sense. One airline reported to us that they were running out of bottled water on the flight to Hawaii. There were no spare seats, and the whole vibe flying this past week felt more stressed than ever.

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10 thoughts on “United Hawaii Flights Pruned | Airlines Problems Complicate Summer Travel”

  1. There was the recent United 777 flight from San Francisco to Hawaii with a blown engine which aborted it’s takeoff on the runway. Presumably, that plane will be out of service for a while and need to be replaced on that leg until repaired. There is so little slack in airplane availability that something has to give. The plane on the Newark-Hawaii may have fed into the replacement plans, even if it wasn’t the same type.

  2. While there are nonstop flights from Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) to HNL we intentionally selected flights with a layover of a couple hours.

    The idea of 11 straight hours on a plane is not appealing, & while a layover does make the travel time longer we really need a break to walk around & use a restroom without waiting in a long line.

  3. awwww …sigh…I have my reservation with American, but it is on a 320 neo which is already a painful thought. But, if a breakdown happens and a part is difficult to find ….amiss, I wonder really how long a flight it will end up to be in an already expensive paradise trip. It is really getting too stressful with all this news anymore. Social media scares me with local “hate us” stories, and the expense of hotels, airs, cars, ..and the madhouse of tourists..I am getting a really tired feeling about my …last walk on the islands..

  4. During Covid these airlines should have been doing maintenance on there aircraft preparing for covid to end.
    But they just stored planes.

      1. Yes (the airlines had no money and were bailed out), and were parts, mechanics, and inspectors even available?

        Now, after peak COVID, people’s short memories become apparent.

        The crowds of “we didn’t need to do anything” should look back at the news stories of overflowing hospitals, “morgue trailers” and other atrocities (including very slow response from the federal government).

        1. Very few argued “we didn’t need to do anything”, you are creating a straw man. We needed to do the right thing by protecting the elderly and vulnerable. 2024- Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. is calling for an investigation of the NIH funding of research in Wuhan and Dr.Fauci involvement. Let’s all seek the truth, wherever it leads us, or we will be destined to repeat the failures of the last three years.

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