Continental Airlines to add California-Hawaii and Honolulu-Nadi (Fiji) flights

Saturday, October 10, 2009, 9:59 by Jose Philip

Continental Airlines, based in Houston, Texas, the United States, is expanding its service to Hawaii by adding new flights between California and Hawaii from March 7, 2010.

To start with, Continental Airlines’ new flights between John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, and Honolulu International Airport in Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, will operate 4 times a week. The airline said it plans to raise the frequency of the Orange County-Honolulu service to daily flights in the summer.

In addition, the airline will launch new daily flights between Los Angeles International Airport and Kahului Airport in Maui, Hawaii, as well as start a second daily flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu from March 7, 2010.

Continental Airlines’ new, 4-times-a-week flight will depart from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, at 5.20 p.m. (West Coast time) and arrive at Honolulu International Airport in Hawaii at 8.05 p.m. (Hawaii time). In the return direction, the flight leaves Honolulu at 11.10 p.m. and reaches Orange County at 7.45 a.m., except on Saturdays. (On Saturdays, the flight will take off from Honolulu 30 minutes later.)

The airline will use a Boeing 737-700 aircraft, having 124 seats, on the Orange County-Honolulu route.

On the Los Angeles-Kahului route, the flight will leave Los Angeles International Airport at 5.05 p.m. (West Coast time) and land in Kahului Airport in Maui, Hawaii, at 7.45 p.m. (Hawaii time). On the return leg, the flight will take off from Maui at 9.15 p.m. and reach Los Angeles at 5.45 a.m.

A 160-seats Boeing 737-800 plane will fly on the Los Angeles-Kahului route.

Continental Airlines’ second daily flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu will take off from Los Angeles International Airport at 1.55 p.m. (West Coast time) and land in Honolulu International Airport at 4.40 p.m. (Hawaii time). In the reverse direction, the flight departs from Honolulu at 1.50 p.m. and reaches Los Angeles at 10.25 p.m.

A Boeing 737-900 aircraft with 173 seats will be sued for the second Los Angeles-Honolulu service.

Continental Airlines said in a statement that it is the 8th biggest airline at the Honolulu International Airport.

Continental Airlines said it will also introduce – from December 18, 2009 – twice-a-week service between Honolulu in Hawaii and Nadi in Fiji, the island nation in the Pacific.

In another development, Continental Airlines recently moved its flights leaving Tokyo to the south wing of Terminal 1 at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.

Continental Airlines at present flies to Hawaii with daily services from New York, Houston and Guam.

In the statement, Jim Compton, executive vice-president (marketing) of Continental Airlines, said the new services will offer more convenience to passengers as well as complement routes operated by future partners of the Star Alliance.

Further information on the flights or on booking reservation can be had from Continental Airlines’ website www.continental.com