For a long while we’ve heard rumors about Virgin America launching service to Hawaii. It looks like that will finally be happening, as Virgin America has just announced that they’ll launch service from San Francisco to Hawaii starting later this year.
Specifically, Virgin America will be launching the following routes:
- San Francisco to Honolulu flights as of November 2, 2015
- San Francisco to Maui flights as of December 3, 2015
As of now, the new flights will operate with the following schedule:
VX51 San Francisco to Honolulu departing 7:45AM arriving 11:25AM
VX50 Honolulu to San Francisco departing 12:55PM arriving 8:15PM
VX47 San Francisco to Maui departing 6:00PM arriving 9:55PM
VX48 Maui to San Francisco departing 11:20PM arriving 6:25AM (+1 day)
It’s quite interesting that the Honolulu flight will be a daytime flight in both directions, while the Maui flight will be an evening outbound flight and a redeye return.
To celebrate the new service, tickets are on sale for as low as $199 one-way. The promotion is valid for travel booked by April 8, 2015, and for flights taken by February 28, 2016. That being said, the fare isn’t actually that low, given how much competition thee is in the market.
Then again, I guess Virgin America doesn’t feel like they have to go much lower than ~$400 roundtrip, especially since they’re announcing this new service so far in advance.
This new route is hardly surprising, and is something that Virgin America has been eying for a while. When you think about it, a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii is the same distance as a transcon from San Francisco. While you’ll have fewer high yield business travelers on a flight to Hawaii, the average leisure economy fare will be considerably higher on a flight to Hawaii than on a transcon.
So I’m sure Virgin America will succeed on the route, at least as long as the economy is good and oil prices aren’t too high.
Is anyone excited about Virgin America’s new flights to Hawaii?