September route roundup: Where airlines are adding (or cutting) service

Hawaiian’s Boston-Honolulu route will cover a distance of 5,095 miles. Flight time from Boston is listed at 11 hours, 40 minutes westbound with the return scheduled for 10 hours, 15 minutes. (Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAY)

Airlines constantly tweak their schedules, trying to find profitable new routes or pulling the plug on ones that have underperformed. Airports and communities court these new services.

There are dozens of changes to airline routes each month. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting:

Boston-Honolulu to be USA’s longest-ever domestic route

Hawaiian Airlines will add Boston to its route map, launching nonstop service to Honolulu that the carrier says will become the USA’s longest regularly scheduled domestic flight in history.

The Honolulu flights launch April 4, which Hawaiian spins as “timed to offer winter-weary New Englanders a vacation” to Hawaii’s tropical climate. The carrier will offer five flights a week on 278-seat Airbus A330 widebody jets that include lie-flat seats in business class.

Hawaiian’s Boston-Honolulu route will cover a distance of 5,095 miles, making it “the longest regularly scheduled domestic route in U.S. history,” the airline says. The route will overtake the current No. 1, Hawaiian’s existing New York JFK-Honolulu route. 

FULL REPORT: Hawaiian Airlines: Boston-Honolulu to be USA’s longest-ever domestic route

Flight time from Boston is listed at 11 hours, 40 minutes westbound with the return scheduled for 10 hours, 15 minutes.

By comparison, Hawaiian’s flights will be longer than most European routes from Boston. Alitalia’s flight from Rome, for example, is scheduled for 9 hours, 20 minutes while the Turkish Airlines arrival from Istanbul is listed at 10 hours, 55 minutes. Other notable Boston long hauls include departures to Sao Paulo (LATAM Airlines; 10 hours, 20 minutes) and Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific; 16 hours, 5 minutes). 

Boston had been the largest U.S. market without a nonstop link to Hawaii, according to Hawaiian. Connections to Hawaii’s other islands are available via Hawaiian’s Honolulu hub.

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