United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) announced today it will begin exclusive daily scheduled service between Denver and Honolulu on Feb. 14, 2003.
“With this new daily service, United is providing the Denver and Honolulu customers more convenient travel options, which we’re confident will be successful based on the positive response to our weekend-only service which started last February,” said Chris Bowers, senior vice president - marketing and sales.
Apprised of the decision, the governors of both Colorado and Hawaii reacted enthusiastically.
Gov. Bill Owens of Colorado said, “The addition of these new flights between Colorado and Hawaii provides a great new travel opportunity, not only for the citizens in both states, but for people throughout the nation. This will be a great Valentine’s Day gift for travelers.”
Gov. Benjamin J. Cayetano of Hawaii said, “This is welcome news. The move is a significant demonstration of the commitment United has made to the State of Hawaii. It also goes a long way in showing the confidence United has in the long-term stability of Hawaii’s economy.”
The new flights offer excellent connecting service from the East Coast, the Midwest and the Corn Belt and the Rocky Mountain states through Denver International Airport to Honolulu.
The new flights will be operated in Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 244 seats configured in United First Class and United Economy Class. Flight 43 will depart from Denver at 11:45 a.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 4:12 p.m. Flight 44 will depart from Honolulu at 11:30 p.m. and arrive in Denver at 9:07 a.m. (All times quoted are local times.)
Saturday and Sunday flights will continue to be operated in larger Boeing 777 aircraft with 348 seats in United First Class and United Economy Class.
The new flights will add to United’s Denver-Hawaii service. The airline previously announced plans to offer Saturday-only flights between Denver and Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii in Boeing 757 aircraft beginning Dec. 14. Flight 1957 departs from Denver at 11:30 a.m. and arrives in Kona at 4:04 p.m. Flight 1958 departs from Kona at 9:30 p.m. land arrives in Denver at 7:15 a.m. the next morning.
The new Denver-Hawaii service complements United’s comprehensive, industry-leading schedule of flights from both San Francisco and Los Angeles to Honolulu and the Outer Islands of Hawaii, Kauai and Maui. As of Feb. 14, 2003, United will offer a total of 21 flights daily from the Mainland to Hawaii.
United operates about 1,900 daily scheduled flights over a route system that spans the globe. For additional information on United, go to www.united.com and click on press releases.