Virgin America further expands Hawaii service


SAN FRANCISCO, CA and KAHULUI, Maui, Hawaii – Virgin America, the airline known for making flying fun again, today began nonstop daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Kahului Airport (OGG) with connecting flights from most Virgin America markets, further adding to the airline’s Hawaii routes following the launch of LAX – Honolulu (HNL) last month.

Hawaii remains the ‘most wanted’ destination by Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flier program members and continues to be the number one tourism destination from the West Coast, with over 3.5 million visitors in 2015.

“Since we launched service to Hawai’i last year, the response from our guests has been overwhelming and we’re thrilled to add yet another route and give flyers the ability to travel from Los Angeles to Maui in style,” said John MacLeod, Senior Vice President of Sales and Planning at Virgin America. “Our aircraft offer three custom-designed classes of service, signature moodlighting, touch-screen personal entertainment and an award-winning on-demand food and cocktail menu on every flight – allowing Los Angeles travelers to begin their vacation the minute they step onboard.

“Virgin America’s nonstop Maui service and in-flight hospitality presents an enticing pairing for its customers in greater Los Angeles when making vacation plans,” said George D. Szigeti, President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “Maui, the Magic Isle, is an extremely popular destination choice for travelers from Southern California. Virgin America’s daily Los Angeles-Maui flights offer a convenient new option that will meet customer demand and be a great boost in business for the island’s tourism industry.”

Starting today, Virgin America’s Los Angeles to Kahului-Maui service is as follows:

From To Depart Arrive Frequency

LAX OGG 9.35am 12.25pm Daily
OGG LAX 1.40pm 9.55pm Daily

Virgin America’s Los Angeles to Honolulu service is as follows:

From To Depart Arrive Frequency

LAX HNL 10.35am 1.25pm Daily
HNL LAX 2.25pm 10.55pm Daily

As part of its efforts to plant new roots in the Hawaii community, Virgin America is also proud to announce a continued partnership with Aha Pūnana Leo, a nonprofit that provides for and nurtures various Hawaiian language environments. Started by a group of Hawaiian language educators in 1982, the organization’s advocacy has resulted in an education system in which students in Hawai’i may study from preschool all the way through doctoral-level studies in the indigenous Hawaiian language. The airline is providing $10,000 to support the organization’s education programs in Maui this year.

The daily, nonstop flights will be operated with new Airbus A320 aircraft that Virgin America has taken delivery of this year, which are equipped with fuel-saving, ‘sharklet’ wingtip devices, allowing the airline to operate flights more efficiently, especially over longer haul routes.