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Hawaiian announces flights from Maui to Oakland, San Diego and Las Vegas

By Staff | Jun 17, 2010

Passengers on the first Oakland to Maui flight on Saturday, June 5, were greeted with lei. Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.

KAHULUI — Hawaiian Airlines last week launched its first-ever, nonstop daily flights between Oakland and Maui.

The company also announced it will introduce its first-ever nonstop flight between Maui and Las Vegas. Twice-weekly service will begin on Oct. 3, 2010. 

The flights will provide a significant boost in air seats this summer from the East Bay for Maui’s visitor industry. 

“Travel demand is strong for Maui, and we’re proud to be providing these summer flights in support of Maui’s visitor industry and the island’s economy,” said Glenn Taniguchi, senior vice president for marketing and sales.

“We are offering some great airfares and travel packages throughout summer to boost interest in a special Maui vacation experience.” 

Hawaiian designed its Oakland-Maui flight schedule to make it especially appealing to East Bay travelers, allowing them to enjoy a first Maui afternoon upon arrival, along with a full day on island before departing for home. 

Flight 23 departs Oakland daily at 12:20 p.m. and arrives on Maui at 2:20 p.m. Return flight 24 departs Maui daily at 9:35 p.m. and arrives in Oakland the following morning at 5:30 a.m. 

Hawaiian is operating the Oakland-Maui flight with its wide-body Boeing 767-300 aircraft that seats up to 264 passengers. 

Hawaiian is offering the Oakland-Maui flight daily through Sept. 6, 2010, adding more than 24,000 new seats to Maui’s peak summer travel season.

Peter Ingram, executive vice president and CFO of Hawaiian Airlines, said the addition of three new Airbus A330-200 aircraft to Hawaiian’s fleet this year is giving the company increased flexibility to expand its Las Vegas service in October.

“We’ve known for a long time how popular Las Vegas is with Maui residents, so we’re pleased to offer this new flight to address that demand,” said Ingram.

“At the same time, we believe the convenience of this new nonstop service will boost visitor traffic to Maui, as Las Vegas is home to so many people with

strong ties to the islands as well as a busy hub for flight connections on other carriers.” 

“This is great news for our community,” said Mayor Charmaine Tavares. “Our residents will enjoy flying direct to a favorite destination. Aside from being a fun vacation spot, many of our island families have relatives and friends in Las Vegas. This new service will make it more convenient for them to stay connected.

“I want to thank Hawaiian Airlines for expanding their flight service and bringing this welcomed addition to Maui.”

Hawaiian’s new Las Vegas nonstop flight is designed for the travel convenience of Maui residents.

Flight 32 will depart Kahului Airport on Mondays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. and arrive at McCarran International Airport at 4:35 p.m., giving passengers enough time to enjoy a full evening in Las Vegas the first day. 

Flight 31 will depart Las Vegas on Sundays and Wednesdays at 6:25 p.m. and arrive on Maui at 9:25 p.m., allowing for a full final vacation day in Las Vegas before arriving home in time to enjoy a good night’s sleep. 

When Daylight Saving Time begins, the Las Vegas departure and arrival times will be approximately one hour earlier.

Hawaiian will serve the Maui-Las Vegas route with its Boeing 767-300 aircraft, resulting in more than 2,000 new air seats per month.

The Maui-Las Vegas route is the third nonstop flight that Hawaiian is adding to its schedule this year between Maui and the U.S. Mainland.

On June 17, Hawaiian is reintroducing seasonal nonstop service between Maui and San Diego for the first time since 2008, providing an additional 18,000 air seats for the summer. 

Tickets can be booked online at HawaiianAirlines.com or by calling (800) 367-5320.