United Airlines will bolster service to Hawaii with a pair of new longhaul Hawaiian flights starting next year.
United Adds Newark – Maui Service
United Airlines will operate new nonstop service between Newark (EWR) and Maui (OGG), helping leisure customers to bypass Honolulu enroute to the Valley Isle. The 4,903 mile flight will augment United’s existing nonstop service between Newark and Honolulu.
The new route will start in Summer 2021 and utilize a Boeing 767-300ER, operating four times weekly. The 767 will not be the high-density business class variant, but will feature 30 seats in United Polaris business class in a 1-1-1 configuration. Schedules have not been announced yet.
United Adds Chicago – Kona Service
United Airlines will add new nonstop service between Chicago (ORD) between Kona (KOA), bolstering United’s daily nonstop from Chicago to Honolulu and seasonal nonstop between Chicago and Maui.
The new route will start in Summer 2021 and utilize a Boeing 787-8, operating four times weekly. Schedules have not been announced yet.
United’s Hawaii Longhaul Strategy
Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco currently service as United’s primary gateways to Hawaii’s outer islands. These two new longhaul routes will not just provide convenient nonstop options for local travelers, but also allow many travelers in smaller East Coast and Midwest cities to reach the outer islands far easier than before.
Although the new routes are almost a year away, I am positive both will perform very well. With surplus aircraft due to diminished international service on traditional business routes, perhaps we will see more longhaul Hawaiian routes in the months to come.
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