In a bid to carry more visitors to the shores of Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines has revealed that they will be adding a nonstop flight from San Diego to Maui. The new flight will commence on May 1, 2018 and will fly daily between Kahului Airport and San Diego International Airport. The airline also announced that they would be supplementing their summer schedule with four additional flights to the West Coast to accommodate increased tourism during the busy summer season. The new flights will run every day between San Francisco and Honolulu, Los Angeles and Maui, and Oakland and Kona International Airport in Kalaoa.
The airline is currently undergoing major changes. They are in the process of switching over their planes to Airbus A321neos. The company has reportedly purchased 18 of the narrow-body twin-engine jet planes and plans to begin deploying the first models along their routes on December 19. Hawaiian Airlines hopes that the new additions to their fleet will help them maintain their record as America’s most punctual airline.
Personnel changes are also in the cards for the airline. The company’s CEO, Mark Dunkerley, recently announced that he will be retiring in March 2018. Current executive vice president, Peter Ingram, will replace Dunkerly at the head of the company. This change in leadership comes as Southwest Airlines is poised to start service to Hawaii sometime in 2018. Industry experts have speculated that Southwest’s arrival in the islands could put additional pressure on Hawaiian Airlines to lower their ticket prices. As the largest low-cost carrier in the world, Southwest typically causes a corresponding drop in airfare when it opens routes in new areas.