Hawaii Calling

Hawaiian Airlines is launching a non-stop service from Boston to Honolulu next April. Unfortunately it won’t be running to save you from the winter blues this year if you live in Beantown.

Hawaiian Airlines will begin its five-day-a-week service on April 4th, 2019 using their new Airbus A330 widebody aircraft. Hawaiian’s first class cabin features 18 lie-flat leather seats that transform into lie-flat beds which are 20.5 inches wide and 76 inches long. The seats are aligned in a 2-2-2 configuration offering everyone aisle access. Here’s a look at their premium cabin which has been getting very good reviews.

Hawaiian has also recently expanded their Extra Comfort main cabin seats from  40 to 68. They offer an industry-standard Premium Economy 36-inch pitch for extra leg room and priority boarding. The upgrade to Extra Comfort seats is $145 each way. At 5,095 miles, Hawaiian’s BOS-HNL route becomes the longest regularly scheduled domestic route in U.S. history so a little extra space will be appreciated.

HA90 will depart HNL every day but Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. and arrive at BOS the following morning at 6 a.m. Flight HA91 will depart BOS every day but Wednesday and Thursday at 8:55 a.m., except for Friday flights, which will depart at 8 a.m. The flights will arrive in Hawaii the same day at 2:35 p.m. and the Friday flight will arrive at 1:40 p.m. These are actually quite good times for checking in and starting your vacation.

Boston is the largest U.S. market without nonstop service to Hawaii with nearly 500 people flying between eastern New England and the islands on any given day. The market between Boston Logan International (BOS) and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International (HNL) airports last year generated about $76 million in ticket sales.

“It’s important for our residents and visitors to have direct access to strategic destinations, and I thank Hawaiian Airlines, as our hometown carrier, for making it easier to connect with Boston and the Northeast,” said Hawai’i Gov. David Ige.

“The Commonwealth is excited to welcome Hawaiian Airlines to Logan Airport, providing a new connection between our states,” said Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. “This route will provide travelers from Hawaii direct access to all that the Commonwealth has to offer, including our nation-leading innovation economy, while also making travel for New England residents to Hawaii easier.”

Hawaiian Airlines is now in its 89th year of continuous service and is Hawaii’s biggest and longest-serving airline. They offer non-stop service to Hawaii 12 U.S. gateway cities, along with service from China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. If you live on the east coast this will be a nice new way to get to Hawaii.