Posted on: 08 April 2015 by Ross McSweeny
From 2 November, Virgin America will begin daily nonstop flights between San Francisco and Honolulu, Oahu, and then between San Francisco and Kahului, Maui from 3 December, on new Airbus A320 aircraft the carrier is taking delivery of later this year.
“As one of the most popular leisure destinations among Bay Area travellers, we are pleased to announce our new nonstop service to Hawaii," said CEO of Virgin America, David Cush. “This marks the next phase of growth for our airline, as we take delivery of new Airbus aircraft and expand our Elevate programme with more world-class rewards destinations. With a loyal following of Bay Area-based business travellers who have long requested our expansion to the islands, we couldn't be more pleased to offer our 'work-hard/play-hard' frequent flyers the opportunity to fly in style to the ultimate getaway. We look forward to bringing a new kind of flight service to the market and to building lasting community ties with the state of Hawaii.”
Virgin America’s San Francisco–Honolulu service will depart from Terminal 2 at SFO at 07:45, arriving in HNL at 11:25, while the return leg will leave HNL at 12:55 and land in SFO at 20:15. The airline’s San Francisco–Kahului flights will depart SFO at 07:55 on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, arriving in OGG at 11:40. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays flights will take off from SFO at 18:05 and land in OGG at 21:50. The Kahului–San Francisco leg on these days will leave OGG at 23:20 and land at 06:25 the next morning. All times given are local.
Virgin America is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Airbus to ensure the airline's new Airbus A320 aircraft are certified for Extended Operation (ETOPS), the standard certification process carriers obtain for longer range over water flights.