United Airlines has launched new nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Hilo, Hawaii, as well as once-weekly service between San Francisco and Hilo, it announced this month. Operated by Continental Airlines, the flights are the only nonstop service to Hilo from the U.S. mainland.
"Together, United and Continental have served Hawaii for more than six decades, and this new nonstop service provides our customers with more extensive access to the islands," said Jim Compton, executive vice president and chief revenue officer of United Continental Holdings Inc. "We are excited to strengthen our presence in the Hawaiian community and are proud to be the only carrier to offer nonstop service to Hilo from the mainland."
Added County of Hawaii Mayor Billy Kenoi, "We are proud to host United Airlines' direct flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco. It means we can offer our visitors true Hilo hospitality and show them premier attractions such as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the world-famous annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. We believe our guests will love Hilo as much as we do and will want to return."
United has served Hawaii since 1947 and — from its hubs at Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Chicago and New York/Newark — provides more mainline service to the islands than any other U.S. carrier. Continental will utilize a Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the route, with 16 seats in first class and 144 seats in economy.