The longest flight within the US is again for the vacations
(CNN) – Here’s a little holiday cheer: Hawaii is opening up again.
Hawaiian Airlines, the airline of the state of Aloha, announced on Wednesday that it will resume nonstop flights to Boston and New York, as well as the rest of its 13-city network in mainland America, in December.
The airline only started its 5,095-mile service between Honolulu and Logan International Airport in Boston in April 2019, at which time it announced that it would be the “longest regular domestic route in US history”.
It takes around 10 hours to get from Honolulu to Boston on a large Airbus A330. The return flight takes about 11.5 hours.
Hawaii has been in quarantine on arrivals for nearly seven months, but this changed on October 15 when the state introduced a pre-travel coronavirus testing program.
Travelers can now bypass the 14-day quarantine with proof of a negative state-recognized Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the last flight departure.
“Mele Kalikimaka” is the Hawaiian Christmas greeting made famous by Bing Crosby’s 1950 hit.
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It will hopefully give Hawaii’s tourism-dependent economy a much-needed boost.
When the Boston service was introduced in the pre-Covid era, Hawaii Governor David Ige told CNN subsidiary KITV, “We typically get more than 60,000 visitors from the greater Boston area,” he said. “This will make it even easier for these visitors to get to the islands.”Flights to Boston will resume on December 18, with Hawaiian offering two flights a week (up from five at launch, with plans to expand to six).
The JFK service from Honolulu to New York will resume on December 14th with a three times a week service also with an Airbus A330.
The airline’s daily flights to Long Beach, California will be back on December 13, giving passengers access to the entire Hawaiian network of 13 cities across the US mainland.
“We are delighted with the increased demand for travel to Hawaii and look forward to once again offering our east coast guests the convenience of our non-stop flights as we welcome them to the islands with new health and safety measures,” said Brent Overbeek, Senior Vice President President of Revenue Management and Network Planning for Hawaiian Airlines said in a statement.
Hawaiian will also use a slim-body Airbus A321neo to return non-stop flights between Līhuʻe Airport in Kaua’i and Los Angeles and Oakland, and between Kahului Airport in Maui and San Diego and San Francisco.
The world’s longest flight is Singapore Airlines’ 18-hour flight between Singapore and New York, which will also return on November 9th.
An early victim of the Covid-19 pandemic, she was suspended on March 23, but it will be even longer thanks to an airport change from Newark, New Jersey to New York JFK.
Singapore to JFK is a distance of 9,536.5 miles – 2.5 miles more than the already astounding 9,534 miles to Newark.
David Williams and Kait Hanson contributed to this report