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Thursday, March 2, 2000

TWA, United
adding flights to Kona

The service includes
St. Louis and Los Angeles

By Russ Lynch


Trans World Airlines Inc. said today it will launch a daily flight between St. Louis and Kona on May 1, and United Airlines announced a doubling of its daily Los Angeles-Kona service.

TWA said it is kicking off its new service with an introductory fare of $598 per round trip for travel in May. The airline said its regular fare on the route would be $765.

St. Louis-based TWA will use a 180-passenger Boeing 757 for the new service, which will include one stop in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, United Airlines said today it is adding a second daily Los Angeles-Kona flight starting May 4. United uses 182-seat 757s on that route.

United, the main subsidiary of Chicago-based UAL Corp., has been flying to Hawaii since 1947 and launched the Los Angeles-Kona route in 1996.

In TWA's case, the airline said its new service, Flight 347, will leave St. Louis at 2:25 p.m. each day and arrive at the Keahole Airport in Kona at 8:03 p.m. The flight to St. Louis will leave Kona at 10:35 p.m. and arrive at 1:20 p.m.

The Kona service will be the second Hawaii expansion this year for TWA. It began a St. Louis-Maui nonstop service today, using a 221-passenger Boeing 767-300. TWA has been serving Hawaii since 1969 and has had a nonstop St. Louis-Honolulu service since 1986.

For the Kona inauguration month, TWA is also selling $598 round-trip tickets to Kona from New York or Atlanta.

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