Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today announced new service from Los Angeles to Maui and from Orange County to Honolulu. Continental is also planning a second daily flight on the Los Angeles-Honolulu route. The flights begin March 7, 2010.
“With more destinations in the Pacific than any U.S. carrier, we are pleased to offer our customers additional travel options to Hawaii,” said Jim Compton, Continental’s executive vice president of marketing. “The flights will provide increased convenience to travelers and will complement routes provided by future Star Alliance partners.”
The new daily flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG) will depart at 5:05 p.m. and arrive at 7:45 p.m. The return flight will depart Maui at 9:15 p.m. and arrive at Los Angeles at 5:45 a.m. Continental will operate the flight with a Boeing 737-800 with 160 seats.
Continental’s new service between Orange County’s John Wayne Airport (SNA) and the Honolulu International Airport (HNL) will initially operate four-times weekly, departing Orange County at 5:20 p.m. and arriving in Honolulu at 8:05 p.m. The return flight will depart Honolulu at 11:10 p.m. and arrive at Orange County at 7:45 a.m., except on Saturdays where it will depart a half-hour later. Continental will utilize a Boeing 737-700 on the new route with 124 seats, and plans to increase the service to daily during the summer.
Continental will utilize a Boeing 737-900 with 173 seats for its second daily flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu, departing at 1:55 p.m. and arriving at 4:40 p.m. The return flight will depart Honolulu at 1:50 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 10:25 p.m.
Continental also serves Hawaii with daily flights from New York, Houston and Guam. Beginning Dec. 18, 2009, Continental will also operate twice-weekly service between Honolulu and Nadi, Fiji.
Continental Airlines is the world’s fifth largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 2,750 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 133 domestic and 132 international destinations. More than 750 additional points are served via current alliance partners. Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with its regional partners, carries approximately 63 million passengers per year.