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Delta Air Lines just announced that they would be re-adding non-stop service between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Honolulu, Hawaii. The flight will operate starting October 25, 2015 through March 26, 2016 on a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 26 full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite.
Minneapolis to Honolulu
- Departs MSP at 11:45 a.m, arrives at HNL at 3:49 p.m.
- Departs HNL at 5:17 p.m, arrives at MSP at 6:00 a.m. (+1 day)
Delta has had seasonal service from both Minneapolis and Detroit to Honolulu in the past, so it’s nice to see it returning, and this time on a Boeing 767-300ER. In year’s past, it’s usually been on a Boeing 757 with basic first class seats, so it’s nice to see them running a more premium product on this route.
However, if you’re a Medallion member and are hoping for a complimentary upgrade to Hawaii, you’ll be out of luck since Delta’s complimentary Medallion upgrades only apply on flights to Hawaii from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Salt Lake City.
When it comes to service in BusinessElite, don’t expect a true BusinessElite experience though. Similar to their flight from Atlanta to Honolulu, which is operated on a Airbus A330-300, this flight will only offer a BusinessElite-lite type of meal service and amenities
With the addition of service next fall Delta will operate 20 peak-day departures from the U.S. and Japan to four Hawaiian destinations. It seems that Delta is really trying to ramp up their service to Honolulu, as they are even adding non-stop service between New York (JFK) and Honolulu for about a month for the holidays this year.
What are your thoughts on Delta’s new route to Hawaii?
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