Delta Air Lines’ Honolulu flights from Detroit and San Diego in June ’10

Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 19:45 by Jose Philip

Delta Air Lines is resuming flights from San Diego (California) and Detroit (Michigan) to Honolulu, the capital of the US State of Hawaii, from June 2010.

The Detroit-Honolulu service will start on June 2, 2010, and the flights between San Diego and Honolulu are scheduled to begin on June 3, 2010.

While the San Diego-Honolulu flight will be operated daily, the Detroit-Honolulu service will run 3 days a week.

Delta Air Lines, based in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States, had terminated its Detroit-Honolulu service in 2004 and the San Diego-Honolulu service about 20 years ago.

On the San Diego-Honolulu route, Delta Air Lines’ daily flights will take off from San Diego at 5.45 p.m. (West Coast time) and land in Oahu (4 miles west of central Honolulu) at 8.45 p.m. (Hawaii time). In the return direction, the flights will leave Honolulu at 10 p.m. (Hawaii time) and reach San Diego at 6.50 a.m. (West Coast time).

Delta Air Lines’ Detroit-Honolulu flights will leave Detroit on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 12.10 p.m. (Detroit time) and reach Oahu (Honolulu) at 3.55 p.m. (Hawaii time). On the return leg, the flights are scheduled to take off from Oahu on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6:10 p.m. (Hawaii time) and land in   Detroit at 9.05 a.m. (Detroit time).

The new San Diego-Honolulu and the Detroit-Honolulu flights will be operated with Boeing 757 aircraft and Airbus 330 planes that can seat 183-298 passengers.

All flights of Delta Air Lines between the US mainland and Hawaii offer first-class and economy-class service.

At present, Delta Air Lines operates 106 weekly flights to Hawaii – between 9 destinations worldwide and Honolulu (Oahu); Kahului (Maui); Lihue (Kauai); and Kailua-Kona (on the Big Island of Hawaii.)

In a statement, Delta Air Lines said the airline decided to fly to Honolulu because its merger with Northwest Airlines will give it sufficient number of passengers in both San Diego and Detroit to make these services viable.

Delta Air Lines, which bought Northwest Airlines in 2008, is in the process of integrating the operations of the two carriers.

Northwest Airlines is having a hub in Detroit for many years now.

Bob Cortelyou, senior vice-president (network planning of Delta Air Lines, said in the statement that the “expanded customer base” created as a result of the merger of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines enables Delta to bring new service to destinations that earlier did not have adequate demand to keep non-stop flights going.

While the direct, non-stop flights between Detroit and Honolulu offers better access to Hawaii for passengers from Michigan, the eastern United States as well as from Canada, the San Diego-Honolulu services will expand further Delta Air Lines’ wide-ranging flight schedules between the US West Coast and Hawaii, , Bob Cortelyou  added,

Tickets for the San Diego-Honolulu flights are available at Delta Air Lines’ website www.delta.com

Reservations for the Detroit-Honolulu flights have been on sale since December 5. 2009.