Hawaiian Airlines has announced today that they’ll soon fly to Boston, making it the longest scheduled domestic US flight.
Hawaiian Airlines plans to offer 5x weekly flights between Honolulu and Boston as of April 4, 2019. The new flight will cover a distance of ~5,100 miles in each direction, making it about 100 miles longer than their flight to New York JFK, which is currently the longest domestic flight.
The new flight will be operated with the following schedule:
HA90 Honolulu to Boston departing 1:45PM arriving 6:00AM (+1 day) [Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat]
HA89 Boston to Honolulu departing 8:55AM arriving 2:35PM [Sun, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat]
The flight is blocked at 10hr15min eastbound and 11hr40min westbound.
Hawaiian Airlines will use an A330-200 for the route, featuring 18 first class seats and 258 economy seats. Hawaiian’s A330 first class seats are fully flat, and in a 2-2-2 configuration. They’re much better than what most US airlines offer to Hawaii, though they’re still in a rather odd configuration, and not the most comfortable out there.
However, I do enjoy Hawaiian’s service, which is a cut above other US airlines. Here’s my review flying them last year in first class from Los Angeles to Honolulu, and then back to Los Angeles.
Hawaiian Airlines says that Boston is the largest US market without nonstop service to Hawaii, and that nearly 500 people fly between eastern New England and the islands on any given day. The market between Boston and Honolulu apparently generated about $76 million in ticket sales last year.
Furthermore, Hawaiian has a partnership with JetBlue, and JetBlue has a big hub in Boston, so presumably they’ll be providing some feed for this flight from smaller markets in the Northeast.
To celebrate the new route, Hawaiian Airlines has roundtrip fares of $617 in economy or $1,776 in first class. Tickets must be purchased by Sunday and are good for travel April 4-30, 2019, with blackout dates of April 12-14 to Hawaii, and April 19-21 to Boston.
While fares after April are higher as of now, I imagine we’ll see similarly low fares in the future during sale periods.
What do you make of Hawaiian’s new flight to Boston?
(Tip of the hat to @JonPark)