Hawaiian Airlines is continuing to place big bets on Hawaii in general and Maui in particular.
Two of our three populated islands in Maui County are getting brand-new air service.
'Ohana by Hawaiian started flying from Oahu to Molokai last Tuesday and it will begin flying to Lanai this Tuesday. The turboprop subsidiary of Hawaiian Airlines will fly three daily flights to and from Molokai and two daily flights to and from Lanai.
The flights will be operated on a new 48-seat ATR-42 aircraft.
Meanwhile, Hawaiian announced that it is moving up its new daily round-trip service between Kahului and Los Angeles by a month to May 4. It will add another daily flight between the two airports for eight weeks from June 30 to Sept. 8.
The Associated Press reported that the new start date and additional flight will add more that 175,000 seats to the Maui and Los Angeles markets this year.
At the end of 2013, Hawaiian began using its largest plane, the Airbus A330, on the route between Kahului and Seattle. The A330 can carry 294 passengers.
All other Hawaiian Mainland flights out of Kahului use 264-seat Boeing 767s.
Hawaiian has experienced spectacular growth since Mark Dunkerley took over as chief executive officer and president in 2005. The airline is in the process of modernizing its fleet with several new Airbus models on order for Mainland and international service.
'Ohana by Hawaiian will be a nice complementary service for the airline's continued growth. It will give both residents and visitors easier access to Molokai and Lanai.
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