Hawaiian Airlines to launch Texas and Florida routes

Domestic focus for Honolulu-based airline driven by pandemic bounce back.

Hawaiian Airlines will introduce new non-stop flights from Austin, Texas, and Orlando, Florida, to Honolulu beginning in the first half of 2021.

A third new US domestic route from Ontario (Long Beach), California, to Kahului, Maui, is also being added as Hawaiian Airlines places a greater emphasis on state-to-state travel rather than international routes as many countries remain in a state of flux due to the pandemic.

Once Australian travellers are able to head abroad again, the new Florida service will enable seamless ‘US beach and fun’ holidays, with flop-and-drop breaks in Hawaii en-route to the endless array of theme parks around Orlando.

“2021 is going to be a special time to experience Hawai‘i, and we can’t wait to welcome on board guests from our newest cities,” Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO, Peter Ingram said.

Hawaiian Airlines A330 at Honolulu International Airport © Hawaiian Airlines

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The Orlando-Honolulu route will operate twice weekly, starting 11 March 2021. Orlando, the home of Walt Disney World, will be the airline’s third East Coast hub, joining New York JFK and Boston.

Hawaiian Airlines will operate its 278-seat Airbus A330 on the Florida route, featuring 18 First Class lie-flat seats and 68 Extra Comfort premium economy seats, along with 192 seats in the Main Cabin.

Hawaiian Airlines’ Long Beach-Maui service will operate five times weekly, commencing 16 March. The airline will deploy narrow-body Airbus A321neos on the route, configured with 16 seats in First Class, 44 Extra Comfort seats and 129 Main Cabin seats.

On 21 April, Austin will become the first US south-central and 16th city in Hawaiian’s network. Twice weekly Airbus A330s will operate between the Texan capital and Honolulu.

Tickets on the routes are now on sale.

The full flight schedules are:

Long Beach (LGB)-Kahului, Maui (OGG)

Flight Route Departs Daily Arrives Daily Start Date
HA72 OGG-LGB 12:45 p.m. 8:05 p.m. 9 March
HA71 LGB-OGG 8:35 a.m. 12:35 p.m. 10 March


Orlando (MCO)-Honolulu (HNL)

Flight Route Days of Week Departs Arrives Start Date
HA86 HNL-MCO Thu/Sun 5:15 p.m. 7 a.m. (+1 day) 11 March
HA85 MCO-HNL Tue/Sat 8:15 a.m. 2:05 p.m. 13 March

Then…

Flight Route Days of Week Departs Arrives Start Date
HA74 HNL-ONT Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun 1:05 p.m. 9:35 p.m. 16 March
HA73 ONT-HNL Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun 9:05 a.m. 12:20 p.m. 17 March


Austin (AUS)-Honolulu (HNL)

Flight Route Days of Week Departs Arrives Start Date
HA82 HNL-AUS Wed/Sat 10 a.m. 10:10 p.m. 21 April
HA81 AUS-HNL Thu/Sun 10:10 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 22 April

Lead image: Downtown Austin, Texas | credit: Juan Nino from Unsplash

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