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Hawaiian Airlines Launches Route Between Las Vegas, Maui

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Hawaiian Airlines launched its new nonstop service between Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and Kahului Airport in Maui County.

The inaugural journey, flown as Hawaiian Airlines Flight HA32, departed from Maui with a massive celebration that featured local music, lei for guests and prize giveaways before landing Sunday morning safely in Las Vegas.

The route will operate using Hawaiian’s newest fleet of Airbus A321neo aircraft, which features 16 luxurious leather recliners in First Class, 44 Extra Comfort premium economy seats and 129 Economy seats.

Passengers flying between Las Vegas and Kahului Airport will also receive complimentary meals, in-flight entertainment, access to additional overhead storage and USB outlets.

“We have a 34-year history of welcoming travelers between Hawaii and Las Vegas, and the demand continues to grow at an incredible rate,” Hawaiian senior vice president Brent Overbeek said in a statement. “Our nonstop OGG-LAS service represents our commitment to offer our guests the most convenient network between the Hawaiian Islands and the U.S. West Coast, and strengthens Hawaii’s ties with the Las Vegas community.”

With the addition of its new service, Las Vegas became Hawaiian Airlines’ ninth West Coast city with nonstop service to Kahului Airport.

Hawaiian Airlines also strengthened its place as the leading domestic carrier for travel between Maui and the West Coast, connecting Kahului to Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle.

In November, Hawaiian Airlines announced it would be launching a new line of in-flight amenities focused on sustainability with the help of Moloka’i-based brand Kealopiko.

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Airlines Scaling Back On Some In-Flight Services Due to Coronavirus

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A few airlines, including those already affected by the coronavirus outbreak, have begun scaling back on some in-flight services as a way to help fight the virus.

The Points Guy writes that Singapore Airlines – obviously based in Asia, where the coronavirus has been most dangerous after originating in China – recently sent its frequent fliers an email about such changes.

Singapore advised its customers that some in-flight amenities will be discontinued, such as hot towel service, after-takeoff drink service, removal of reading materials from seat-back pockets, and suspension of in-flight sales.

Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research, said that Chinese and Taiwanese carriers have taken similar precautionary steps based on government guidance, including removing pillows and blankets on some flights.

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“They’re changing their cabin service procedures, so the passengers will notice this,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy.

But Harteveldt also remained optimistic that passengers wouldn’t pitch a fit given the circumstances.

“Passengers will accept (the reduction in services) because they’re being done in the interest of health and wellness,” he said.

As the virus, now known as covid-19, continues to expand globally, it remains to be seen if other airlines – including those based in the U.S. who offer international travel – adopt the same practice.

The aviation industry is quite often a copycat business, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see some similar changes put into place.

“As adults, we have to be logical and rational when we experience these inconveniences,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy. “This isn’t cost-cutting, this isn’t random, this is in the best interest of public health.”

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