Hawaiian Airlines announced their newest route from Honolulu (HNL) to Boston (BOS). Hawaiian Airlines is planning to fly 5x weekly flights between the two cities staring on April 4, 2019 with the following schedule :
HA90 Honolulu to Boston departing 1:45PM arriving 6:00AM (+1 day) [Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday]
HA89 Boston to Honolulu departing 8:55AM arriving 2:35PM [Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday]
HA89 Boston to Honolulu departing 8:00AM arriving at 1:40PM [Friday Only]
The outbound flight to Boston is blocked at 10 hr 15 minutes and the return to Honolulu is blocked at 11 hr 40 minutes. These flights are about ~5100 miles in each direction making it the longest non-stop domestic flight in the US. For reference, Hawaiian currently flies from Honolulu to New York (JFK) which is about ~5000 miles in each direction.
Hawaiian Airlines says that Boston is the largest US market without nonstop service to Hawaii and claims that 500 people fly between the 2 cities per day. They estimate that the market generated $76 million dollars in ticket sales last year. It is not surprising that Hawaiian chose Boston as they do have strong ties with JetBlue and JetBlue does have a major hub in Boston.
The new flights will be operated by A330-200 aircraft. With the current proposed schedule Hawaiian will need to commit 2 planes to the route. The A330-200 features 18 fully flat direct aisle access first class seats, 68 economy comfort seats, and 192 standard economy seats. The first class seats are the same Optimares Maxima seats found aboard select Hong Kong airlines A330-200’s. While not the most private lie flat seats, they do offer “direct aisle access” to all seats via a small space between the aisle seats and window seats.
To celebrate the new route, Hawaiian Airlines has discount round trip fares of $617 in economy (Boston’s area code) and $1,776 in first class (US Independence Year) . Tickets must be purchased by Sunday for travel between April 4-30, 2019. There are blackout dates of April 12-14 to Hawaii, and April 19-21 to Boston.
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