Airline to launch route using new narrow-body Airbus A321

Hawaiians love Sin City. I  even know a few who shuttle back and forth once a month on standby fares for a run at that elusive pot of gold.
Most of the island to desert flights originate  and land in Honolulu.

But now there’s great news for Maui residents. Beginning Dec. 15 of this year, Hawaii is launching service on its new Airbus A321 neo aircraft between McCarran International Airport (LAS) and Kahului Airport (OGG).

Flights depart four times a week. And  right now you can book one for a $199 one-way special fare  either at or Pavlus.

HawaiianMiles members will get an extra 10% off during the promo period.

The Maui-Vegas connection

“Hawaiian has been carrying local residents to and from Las Vegas, and welcoming our Nevada visitors to Hawai‘i for over 30 years,” said Peter Ingram, president and CEO at Hawaiian Airlines.

“We’re thrilled to once again offer the convenience of nonstop flights between the Valley Isle and the ninth island. We’re also excited to add a second Honolulu-Seattle flight and seasonal service between Maui and Los Angeles, offering our guests more options when traveling between Hawai‘i and the U.S. West Coast.”

Photo from FacebookHawaiian has been connecting Honolulu with Las Vegas since September 1985 with its Lockheed L-1011 aircraft. It did run OGG-LAS flights from October 2010 to October 2012 on a Boeing 767 aircraft.


Extra First Class comfort

High rollers will have access to 16 comfy leather recliners to enjoy in First Class. Or a choice of 44 Extra Comfort premium seats. The back of the plane will host 129 econo fare passengers.


Every one gets a free meal and in-flight entertainment. Forget WiFi. I have yet to find it functioning after several bi-annual flights from Los Angeles to Maui. But there are USB outlets and additional overhead stowage space.

I fly to Hawaii often and mostly with Hawaiian and Delta. Both provide good inflight service but Hawaiian has more authentic Aloha ambiance.

From the minute you step on board and hear that ukulele music, you feel like you’re already in the islands. Okay there’s an occasional blip, but not many.

I find Hawaiian’s food is often better than Delta. But that’s not saying that Delta doesn’t occasionally surmise.

Hawaiian First Class fares from LA to Maui are normally more costly than Delta. Probably because of the lie flat seats we book.

Both get your luggage off the plane pretty fast.





People in front of the plane get pretty good food, at least we have on our flights. Plus those comfortable lie-flat seats.


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