United Airlines will add service between Orange County and Honolulu this summer, another unconventional route perfect for the unconventional age in which we live in.
United Airlines Adds Orange County – Honolulu Flights
Starting on May 6, 2021, United Airlines will add new service between Orange County and Honolulu.
The flights will operate daily according to the following schedule utilizing a Boeing 737-700 aircraft with 12 seats in first class and 114 in economy class:
- Depart Orange County (SNA) – 8:30am // Arrive Honolulu (HNL) – 11:30am
- Depart Honolulu (HNL) – 12:50pm // Arrive Orange County (SNA) – 9:10pm
The new SNA – HNL flights will be available for purchase tomorrow.
Patrick Quayle, United’s Vice President of International Network and Alliances (who also has Hawaii in his portfolio), noted:
“Our new Hawaii routes from Chicago, Newark and Orange County, in addition to the dozens of flights United already operates from the mainland to Hawaii, offer travelers even more options, greater convenience and shorter travel times to the fantastic outdoor offerings Hawaii has to offer.”
While John Wayne Airport, also known as Santa Ana or simply Orange County, is a fairly small United station, it does have a United Club and is one of the easiest airports in Southern California to park and navigate. The new flight is sure to attract traffic from the Orange County area.
Continental Airlines added service between SNA and both Honolulu and Maui in 2010. The flights did not preform well and were scrapped after one year.
Will Hawaiian or Southwest Also Add SNA – HNL Flights?
Hawaiian Airlines has hinted at new service from John Wayne but its new Airbus A321neos are too big for SNA’s short runway. Southwest could service Honolulu using the same 737-700 aircraft United will use. The move by United appears calculated at discouraging competition and is part of a a familiar playbook against Southwest in Hawaii.
United will try Orange County – Honolulu flights once again. Hopefully this time the route will work out better than in 2010.
Will you travel on United between HNL and SNA?
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