Hawaiian will soon operate a new longest domestic US flight. The carrier will launch service 5x weekly between Honolulu and Boston starting on 4 April 2019. The 5,095 mile flight is the longest domestic US route, besting the Honolulu-JFK service by just over 100 miles. Introductory fares are $617 round trip in economy (a nod to Boston‘s area code) and $1,776 in business class (a nod to Boston’s role in US independence).
Hawaiian will operate the flights on its A330 aircraft. The aircraft became available for the new route as Hawaiian cancels its Beijing service in October. There is a six month gap in the schedule with that shift so it is possible other routes will see increased capacity during the peak winter travel season to the Islands.
Boston is the largest U.S. market without nonstop service to Hawai‘i with nearly 500 people flying between eastern New England and the islands on any given day. Boston’s world-class educational and medical facilities are among the many attractions drawing Hawai‘i travelers to the Bay State. This new route adds to Hawaiian Airlines’ global network. The market between Boston Logan International (BOS) and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International (HNL) airports last year generated about $76 million in ticket sales.
“It’s important for our residents and visitors to have direct access to strategic destinations, and I thank Hawaiian Airlines, as our hometown carrier, for making it easier to connect with Boston and the Northeast,” said Hawai‘i Gov. David Ige.
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Flights will depart Honolulu at 1:45pm five days per week (excluding Tuesday and Wednesday), arriving in Boston at 6am. The westbound flights will depart at 8:55a most days and 8a on Fridays, arriving in Honolulu early afternoon. Passengers can be on the beach for sunset, even if transferring to another island on Hawaiian’s robust short haul network.
Hawaiian’s spacious first class cabin features 18 lie-flat leather seats that transform into 180-degree beds at a roomy 20.5 inches wide and 76 inches long. Aligned in a 2-2-2 configuration, the seats are ideally tailored to leisure guests such as couples, families and honeymooners, while offering functionality to the business traveler.
Hawaiian also recently expanded to 68 from 40 the number of Extra Comfort main cabin seats, which offer a generous 36-inch pitch for extra leg room, and priority boarding. Guests can upgrade to Extra Comfort seats for $145 each way.
Hawaiian’s Executive Chef Lee Anne Wong, owner of Honolulu’s Koko Head Café, will collaborate with Hawai‘i’s top chefs to delight guests with two meals served in each direction.