Air adding 2nd
flight for S.F.
The airline also announcesBy Russ Lynch
a new ticketless service
Starting June 1, Hawaiian Airlines passengers bound for San Francisco will have a choice of two flights every day instead of the current one daily flight.
Announcing details of the added flight today, Hawaiian said it will make it easier for Hawaii residents to get to San Francisco and provide more capacity for mainland tourists coming to Hawaii.
Hawaiian's new Flight 16 will leave Honolulu Airport at 1:45 p.m. each day and arrive in San Francisco at 9:35 p.m. The current Flight 12 leaves at 12:30 p.m. and arrives at 8:20 p.m.
In the other direction, a new Flight 15 will leave San Francisco at 10:15 a.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 12:20 p.m. The existing Flight 11 leaves San Francisco at 8:40 a.m. and arrives in Honolulu at 10:45 a.m.
Parent company Hawaiian Airlines Inc. had said in its quarterly report May 3 that it planned to double its San Francisco service but did not give details.
Like its other mainland-Hawaii flights and its Hawaii-South Pacific service, the new flight will use a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 aircraft seating 304 passengers.
Hawaiian also serves Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Portland and Seattle from Honolulu and Los Angeles from Kahului and Kona. It flies from Honolulu to the South Pacific and has a West Coast-Tahiti charter business.
In other airline news, Hawaiian announced a ticketless travel interisland "overnighter" booking system, called Hawaiian HotTrips, which travelers with credit cards can book through the airline's Web site, www.hawaiianair.com. Using its 160 daily interisland flights, Hawaiian sets up package deals with 189 different hotel properties, three rental car companies and some visitor attractions.
Those booking online will get a single confirmation number for all components of the vacation, eliminating the need for coupons, vouchers and other paperwork, the airline said today. In addition, those booking May 24 through July 31 can earn 2,000 bonus miles in Hawaiian's frequent-flier program.The overnighters also can be booked with credit cards at travel agencies, Hawaiian said.
In its interisland service, Hawaiian flies a fleet of 15 DC-9-35 jets, each carrying 133.