When it comes to service to the Hawaiian Islands from the mainland, Hawaiian Airlines offers an extensive list of routes to the islands, however competition is fierce with all the major carriers including Delta, American, United, Alaska Airlines, and now Southwest Airlines competing.
Hawaiian is constantly re-evaluating their routes and schedule to remain competitive and the latest city of focus for them is Phoenix.
The airline is in the process of transitioning its fleet, said Ingram. Right now, the airline uses Boeing 767 aircraft to fly daily between Phoenix and Honolulu. It is anticipated that either the Airbus A321neo (new engine option) or the Airbus 330-200 will replace the airline’s service between Phoenix and Honolulu.
Hawaiian Airlines has not yet publicly announced which aircraft it will use in Phoenix. That’s not expected to be finalized until early next year. However, if you were to book on Hawaiianairlines.com for January travel right now, it shows a seat map for the Phoenix to Honolulu flight on the Airbus 321.
Phoenix is likely to see their Phoenix to Honolulu flight switch to the new Airbus A321neo, and possibly add new service from Phoenix to Maui in the near future.
Hawaiian Airlines started a new non-stop flight between airports in Maui and San Diego on Wednesday.
The new service will travel between Maui’s Kahului Airport and the San Diego National Airport daily.
Hawaiian Airlines also has plans to expand its flights to California later in May, when it will begin launching a daily service between Honolulu and Long Beach Airport.
Additionally, Hawaiian Airlines just launched new service between Maui and San Diego last week, before Southwest Airlines starts to announce which routes they will be flying to Hawaii.
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