Hawaiian Airlines yesterday inaugurated a new direct connection between Honolulu and New York, its first to the East Coast of the United States. The Hawaii-based company has been operating a daily flight between the archipelago and New York airport – JFK, on board an Airbus A330-200 that can carry 18 passengers in First and 276 in Economy. The ten-hour flights leave Honolulu at 3:05 p.m., arriving the next day at 6:55 a.m, departing New York at 10:00 a.m. and landing at 3:05 p.m. No direct competition on this route, but United Airlines also offers direct flights between Newark and Honolulu (previously operated by Continental Airlines before their merger).
Hawaiian Airlines already lands on the mainland at airports in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. It also serves Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka in Japan (plus Sapporo in November), Manila, Seoul, Papeete, Pago-Pago (American Samoa), plus four airports in the Hawaiian archipelago. Hawaiian Airlines has set up at the same time its code sharing with the low cost JetBlue Airways, which offers at its JFK base nearly sixty destinations in the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico.
Hawaiian has similar agreements with American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines and other United Airlines for inter-island traffic, as well as with All Nippon Airways, Korean Air, Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic, among others.