N593HA From Germany, joined Oct 2004, 152 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9481 times:
I live in Germany and have flown a couple of times already from my hometown to Hawaii. Although I love flying it's always a very long journey. Although there many connections where you depart in Europe and arrive the same still at HNL, I prefer to split the trip and at least for this the most comfortable way to do it:
Day 1: CGN-KL1804-AMS-KL605-SFO
Day 2: SFO-HA11-HNL
There is no way, even not cheaper fares to get me flying via LHR and/or LAX. I just hate those two airports.
So now here my question:
Would there be enough demand for a daily Europe to HNL non-stop service?
Off course range is big issue on that route, which means from what I know only A345, 772LR and one the up-coming 787 versions would be suitable to fly non-stop across the 1,5 oceans!
To increase demand, any airline would need to code-share with a European airline to fill that flight. So may it would easier for a European airline to start those flights!
The only thing that I'm absolutely certain about is that the HNL spotters would love to see a European airline on regular basis at their hometown airport!
Now you may write down your thoughts about this topic
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5712 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9448 times:
Quoting N593HA (Thread starter): Would there be enough demand for a daily Europe to HNL non-stop service?
I doubt it since it would most likely mean same two-class arrangement SQ has for its SIN-EWR/LAX service. Besides, Hawaii is moreless holiday destination (am I right?), therefore I'm not sure you'd find enough people willing to pay full-fare business/first class for a daily service.
It also means no more than ONE destination in Europe, which means connecting anyway. Let's say AMS-LAX-HNL, FRA-SFO-HNL, LHR-LAX-HNL, VIE-SFO-HNL still seems like more bearable - at least psychologically - than connecting within Europe to a hub and then this 14, 15, 16? hours of non-stop ordeal accross half of the globe.
I've done this trip only once, HNL-LAX-FRA-PRG on UA/LH with an overnight stay in LAX and it was bad enough - especially the eastbound part.
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9347 times:
I agree that the eastbound flight is annoying, but the westbound is ok - the fastest connection is probably taking UA and flying FRA-SFO-HNL (and, yes, there are some quite good fares for that route).
As for nonstops - putting expensive longhaul equipment on relatively low yield routes isn't really a good choice for airlines so, no, I do not expect to see any European airlines operating nonstops to Hawai'i anytime soon... for that much, I also don't expect to see any US carrier operating Hawai'i to Europe nonstops either.
Last time I flew the route, I flew HAJ-LHR-IAD-DEN, stayed the night there, continued DEN-SFO-LAX-LIH (well, I like flying, and I got lots of miles for that routing), while on the way back, I took the LIH-SFO afternoon flight that got me into SFO around midnight, stayed at a hotel and continued on LH's nonstop to FRA, from where I connected on to HAJ. There's the option of taking a redeye (departing just before midnight) and arriving at SFO or LAX in the morning, but the flight's just too darn short for a night flight (at least for me), so I'd never take that option.
LordHowe From Finland, joined Jan 2003, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9351 times:
I have been thinking about this same question.
According to Great Circle Mapper the distance is not so impossible - check these out:
FRA-HNL 11990 km
LHR-HNL 11647 km
AMS-HNL 11677 km
For example SYD-LAX is 12051 km and has been flown nonstop for years.
The ultra long SIN-EWR is 15345 km.
But the shortest way also to HNL is from Northern Europe. We have good connections from allover Europe to HEL and HEL-HNL is "only" 10952 km. But we do not have the equipment - almost 11000 km is too much for MD11s, isn't it?
Jacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9300 times:
Quoting N593HA (Thread starter): Off course range is big issue on that route, which means from what I know only A345, 772LR and one the up-coming 787 versions would be suitable to fly non-stop across the 1,5 oceans!
from LHR/CDG, the 777-200ER can easily do the trick...but the yields would be crappy, so thats why its easier to send a one world/star alliance parter via SFO/LAX
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9214 times:
Western Airlines operated a direct service at one time from LGW to HNL. A refueling stop en route (Anchorage I think) was necessary. Unfortunately they operated the route with the DC10-10 and consequently there were restrictions on the load. The service was stopped after just one season. Perhaps it they used the DC10-30, without the load restrictions, it might have been more successful.
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9109 times:
I dont doubt it, there are several very good 5 star hotels, particularly in the Northern resort of Puerto De La Cruz and the island is served by scheduled flights. However, Tenerife is largely a 'cheap and cheerful' year round destination for the British.
TFS is particular is served by hundreds of charter flights and is home to British pubs, bars, grotty apartment blocks and I think it fair to say that TFS does attract a fair amount of lower end holidaymakers. Im talking Aspro and Thomson square deal holidays in 2 star apartment blocks on charter flights leaving in the middle of the night.
1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9055 times:
Quoting Orion737 (Reply 17): Tenerife is largely a 'cheap and cheerful' year round destination for the British.
I was just in HNL and I can tell you there were many "cheap and cheerful" people there for Holiday.
Quoting Leskova (Reply 18): TFS isn't really in competition with Hawai'i - but Mauritius, the Maledives and the Comores are...
Thank you, I lived in London and Amsterdam and I know those places well, they are very far flights as well, TFS is the closest "decent" "tropical" location from Western Europe (Although Palma , Funchal, and Ibiza are closer, the weather isn't as tropical).
Greece, Cyprus and Turkey are nice places to go as well.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9015 times:
Its funny how often this issue comes up here at a.net - a Europe to Hawaii nonstop flight. While the flight would look good on a route map, there is not enough demand for such a flight and the yeilds are all wrong. As pointed out above, Hawaii is a long way for a European to go for a beach holiday - and aside from European beach destinations, places such as Thailand, Mauritius and the Maldives are closer to Europe than Hawaii; maybe at some point, a charter carrier out of Germany or the UK may try a once per week service to Honolulu, but its unlikely that scheduled service will ever be introduced in the forseeable future.
Consider that East Coast US to Hawaii service is also very limited - CO flies nonstop between EWR and HNL (and the power of CO's EWR hub helps that flight)......there is no nonstop connection between cities like BOS, WAS, PHL and MIA and Hawaii for the same reasons - Hawaii is far and thus expensive for a beach holiday for residents of those cities and there are many closer and less expensive alternatives in the Caribbean and Mexico.
As mentioned, long ago, Western tried a LGW-ANC-HNL service with a DC10-10, the flight operated a couple of times per week back in the 1970s and while the loads were good between HNL and ANC, the airplane was generally very empty going on to London.
Cahiwa From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8912 times:
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