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Virgin America to start Hawaii service
Jan Fernandez — April 7 2015
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Hawaii is a very popular destination for US travelers, and another airline has decided to carry passengers to the islands later this year.

The last US airline to start new flights to Hawaii was Allegiant Air in 2012. The Las Vegas-based ultra low cost carrier was one of the first low cost airlines to add service. Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Hawaiian, United, and US Airways are currently flying between the US mainland and Hawaii.

Virgin America is adding service to the destination that its frequent flyers request the most — Hawaii. Later this year, the airline will start daily flights from San Francisco to Honolulu and Kahului. These new flights will be operated by aircraft Virgin America will receive later this year that will be equipped with Sharklets, allowing the carrier to save fuel.

The FAA is working with Virgin America to ensure ETOPS certification on the A320s, which will be needed to perform these overwater flights. Airlines also need Flag Carrier status to operate outside the continental United States, which Virgin America must already have since they operate to airports in Mexico and Alaska and previously to airports in Canada.

Flights to Honolulu begin on November 2 and flights to Kahului begin on December 3. The schedule is as follows (all times are local):

RouteDeparture timeArrival timeFrequency
OGG-SFO11:20pm6:25am (next day)Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri

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