Virgin America Launches Daily Flights From Los Angeles to Maui

February 2, 2016, 1:21 PM HST · Updated February 2, 1:26 PM
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Virgin America commenced service from San Francisco to Kahului, Maui. The inaugural flight included a "Spray of Aloha" and water blessing as the aircraft landed on Maui; a fresh flower lei greeting; and Made in Maui amenity bag; hula dancing and Hawaiian music. Photo credit: Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau Virgin America.

Virgin America commenced service from San Francisco to Kahului, Maui on Dec. 3, 2015. The inaugural flight included a “Spray of Aloha” and water blessing as the aircraft landed on Maui; a fresh flower lei greeting; and Made in Maui amenity bag; hula dancing and Hawaiian music. Photo credit: Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau Virgin America.

Virgin America airlines today announced it is expanding its service to Hawai’i with daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Honolulu, Oʻahu on May 5, 2016, and Kahului, Maui on June 14, 2016.

To celebrate its expanded service to the Aloha state, the airline is celebrating with a nationwide “Hot Ticket to Hawai’i” fare sale now through 11:59 p.m. CT tonight, with sale fares from $169 one way* (taxes and fees included, restrictions apply).

Virgin America first launched daily service to Maui in December 2015, which also provides connections to New York through JFK.

The daily, nonstop flights will be operated with new Airbus A320 aircraft that Virgin America began taking delivery of last year, which are equipped with fuel-saving, ‘sharklet’ wingtip devices. Airline representatives say the design allows the airline to operate flights more efficiently, especially over longer haul routes.

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The new service adds to the airline’s recently-launched daily service from San Francisco International Airport to Honolulu International Airport and Kahului Airport.  Airline representatives say the flights also allow for roundtrip connecting service between HNL and John F. Kennedy International Airport, Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Virgin America’s expanded Hawai’i service also offers roundtrip connections between OGG and Newark Liberty International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport, San Diego International Airport, Dallas Love Field, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, JFK, SEA, and LAS.

“The Aloha state is the ‘most wanted’ destination by members of Virgin America’s Elevate loyalty program and Hawai’i continues to be the number one tourism destination from the West Coast, with over 3.3 million visitors in 2014[1],” airline executives said in an announcement.

Virgin America, Honolulu to San Francisco inaugural flight.

Virgin America, Honolulu to San Francisco inaugural flight.

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“Virgin America’s service is uniquely tailored to the modern traveler and to the longer-haul Hawai‘i flight experience with new aircraft that offer three custom-designed classes of service, touch-screen personal entertainment and an award-winning on-demand food and cocktail menu on every flight – so travelers can kick-off their Hawai‘i vacation as soon as they step on board,” according to the announcement.

“Since we launched our Hawai’i service last year, we’ve seen firsthand why it is one of the most popular leisure destinations among West Coast travelers. The guest response to our new routes has been extremely positive, which is why we are so pleased to announce that we are expanding our nonstop service to the Los Angeles market,” said Virgin America President and Chief Executive Officer, David Cush.

Virgin America plane interior.

Virgin America plane interior.

“This new service from LAX not only brings this world class destination to our guests and Elevate members in the Los Angeles area, it opens up a number of roundtrip connecting flights to markets across the country,” said Cush.

“Virgin America is providing more airline choice and competition to our great state, and we could not be more pleased that they are already adding more routes to the Hawaiian Islands from Los Angeles – our largest originating travel market,” said Governor David Ige. “We look forward to Virgin America’s continued growth and success in serving travelers visiting the Islands,” he said.

“The addition of more seats flying direct between Los Angeles and Honolulu and Los Angeles and Kahului will not only expand the availability to more islands, but provide our visitors with another excellent airline option. We are thrilled to have this easy access for both visitors and residents flying between the West Coast and Hawai’i,” said George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

Beginning May 5, 2016, Virgin America’s Honolulu service is as follows:

From

To

Depart

Arrive

Frequency

LAX

HNL

10.35 a.m.

1.25 p.m.

Daily

HNL

LAX

2.25 p.m.

10.55 p.m.

Daily

SFO

HNL

8.15 a.m.

10.55 a.m.

Daily

HNL

SFO

11.55 a.m.

8.10 p.m.

Daily

Beginning June 14, 2016, Virgin America’s Kahului-Maui service is as follows: 

From

To

Depart

Arrive

Frequency

LAX

OGG

9.35 a.m.

12.25 p.m.

Daily

OGG

LAX

1.40 p.m.

9.55 p.m.

Daily

SFO

OGG

6.35 p.m.

9.15 p.m.

Daily

OGG

SFO

10.15 p.m.

6.25 a.m.+1

Daily

Since its 2007 launch, Virgin America has created more than 2,800 new jobs and expanded its network to include Austin, Boston, Cancun, Chicago, Dallas Love Field, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Cabos, Newark, New York (JFK and LGA), Orlando, Palm Springs (seasonal), Portland, Puerto Vallarta, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. (IAD and DCA), Honolulu, Kahului, Maui and Denver (as of March 15, 2015).

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