Hawaiian Airlines Launches the Country’s Longest Domestic Flight

Apr 6, 2019

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Hawaiian Airlines has launched its newest route with service between Boston Logan (BOS) and Honolulu (HNL) on Friday, now the longest domestic route in the United States. Flight HA89 left Boston on Friday morning with almost 1.5 tons of live lobster onboard, along with TPG’s own Wallace Cotton, who will be reviewing the new route for TPG.

An announcement from the airline about the new route referenced the fact that Boston was the largest US market without a direct flight option to Hawaii: ticket sales for passengers flying from New England to the islands last year generated almost $80 million dollars. In 2018, about 127,000 people from the region – more than half of them from Massachusetts — visited Hawaii, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The airline is hoping to capitalize on these figures.

HA89 Inaugural Flight BOS HNL. Photo by Wallace Cotton/The Points Guy
HA89 Inaugural Flight BOS to HNL. Photo by Wallace Cotton/The Points Guy

Flights from HNL to BOS are schedule to take around 10 hours and cover some 5,095 miles. For passengers flying from BOS to HNL, that flight time goes up to 11.5 hours. According to Cotton, flight HA89 from Boston took 11 hours and 11 minutes.

Hawaiian will be operating an Airbus A330-200 on the route, holding 278 passengers in a two-class configuration.

The route will operate 5 times a week in both directions:

  • HA89 Boston (BOS) 8:55am Departure  Honolulu (HNL) 2:35pm Arrival
  • HA90 Honolulu (HNL) 1:45pm Departure  Boston (BOS) 6:00am (+1) Arrival

Hawaiian Airlines already held one of the longest domestic flights in the US with its nonstop service between New York (JFK) and Honolulu (HNL). This new route clocks in at 100 miles longer than the New York flight.

Stay tuned for TPG‘s full review of the flight.

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Featured Photo by Wallace Cotton/The Points Guy

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