New flight to Hawaii – really? I would never have guessed. On hand to celebrate the start of Virgin America’s San Francisco to Honolulu route is the shy and retiring Richard Branson. The service will be flown daily and started on 2 November.
- Virgin America began daily services on the San Francisco (SFO) to Honolulu (HNL) city pair on 2 November. United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines will compete, offering 36 and daily frequencies respectively. The 3,853-kilometre route will be flown by the airline’s A320 fleet. “Our loyal Bay Area travelers, and especially our Elevate frequent flyers, have been asking for an island escape for some time, and as of today they have a fresh option for their Hawaii travels,” said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. “We are thrilled to be bringing our unique service to Honolulu and next month Maui, and we look forward to building lasting community ties with the state and people of Hawaii.” On 3 December, the airline’s Hawaii schedule grows again with daily non-stop flights from San Francisco to Maui’s Kahului Airport.