In December 2020, American Airlines announced it would launch a seasonal Charlotte to Honolulu route, which would be the carrier’s longest route to Hawaii. Initially this route was supposed to operate for just a few months over the summer, but it has now been extended through early 2022.
This is a great option for anyone looking to travel from the East Coast to Hawaii.
American Airlines’ Charlotte to Hawaii flight
Between May 6, 2021, and January 3, 2022, American Airlines will operate a daily flight between Charlotte and Honolulu. The flight will operate with the following schedule:
AA569 Charlotte to Honolulu departing 11:40AM arriving 4:04PM
AA552 Honolulu to Charlotte departing 5:01PM arriving 8:20AM (+1 day)
American’s new Charlotte to Honolulu route
American will use a Boeing 777-200ER for the route, featuring 273 seats, including 37 fully flat business class seats, 24 premium economy seats, and 212 economy seats. I would hope that American will be swapping 777s between routes in Honolulu, because 57 minutes sure is tight to turn a 777.
The ~4,700 mile flight is blocked at 10hr24min westbound and 9hr19min eastbound.
One of American’s 777-200ER business class seats
How this complements other Hawaii service
While this will be American’s longest flight to Hawaii, it will be one of only five routes, as American also flies to Honolulu out of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.
I’m not surprised to see this route extended beyond the summer. Ultimately American doesn’t have very many places to fly its wide body aircraft this fall — it’s not like Australia or most of Asia will open to visitors, and I can’t imagine transatlantic business travel will rebound all that much in the fall and winter. What will be more telling of the performance of the route is if it’s extended further into 2022.
As far as the overall service between Honolulu and the east(ish) coast goes, this will be the seventh route:
- Delta Air Lines will fly from Honolulu to Atlanta
- Hawaiian Airlines will fly from Honolulu to Boston, New York JFK, and Orlando
- United Airlines will fly from Honolulu to Newark and Washington Dulles
Hawaiian Airlines operates three routes to the east coast
Airlines have an incredible number of spare planes, in particular wide bodies, given international travel restrictions. We’ve seen American cut all kinds of long haul international flights, and at the same time find other ways to redeploy the planes, ranging from transcon flights to Hawaii flights.
This is a cool addition for the local Charlotte market, as well as for anyone originating on the east coast who wants to connect for the longest nonstop flight. Then again, there aren’t that many places that can be connected one-stop through Charlotte but not through Chicago or Dallas.
What do you make of American’s Charlotte to Honolulu flight?