Very interesting... we'll see how this does. CO is firmly entrenched in this market but a nonstop to perhaps the major destination from ROR is certainly a new wrinkle. DL is definitely taking aim at CO in Micronesia.
Had a feeling this was coming from some US carrier.
JALWays is getting cut back all across the country due to JL's restructuring. HNL is a top destinations for Japanese.
In the 1990s, JL, NH and NW all had service between HNL-NGO. (There was also the HP flight PHX-HNL-NGO)
NW launched HNL-NGO in the 1990s using a DC-10.
The flight was then discontinued in favor of DTW-NGO using a 744. (was weight restricted on NGO-DTW due to the short runway)
The flight was then extended to include NGO-MNL in late 1990s early 2000.
With opening of new NGO, flight was able to finally go out fully loaded both ways.
NGO-SPN, NGO-GUM and NGO-NRT were launched. NGO-GUM didn't last due to JL and CO on the same route.
Before the NW/DL merger was finalized, DTW-NGO-MNL was reduced to 6x.
In 2007 HNL-NGO opened, CO (Mike) launched HNL-NGO with a 767 (can't remember variant). The schedule allowed for pax to continue on to SPN and GUM on NW or CO as it was still a member of Skyteam.
CO pulled out in 2008 not so much due to low performance but demand on other routes that were performing better or had higher yield.
NH pulled out of HNL-NGO in 2001.
By 2008 JALWays was the only carrier serving HNL-NGO (742 then 743 and then a High capacity 744 alternating with regular capacity 744).
This move by DL seems to either be to counter the massive reduction by JL or to compete with any up and coming competition from HA. The market is there, especially in the winter season when many Japanese travel.
Here is the interesting thing.
HNL-NGO arrives at 4:20pm
This allows for connections to MNL which leaves at 7:45pm and SPN which leaves at 21:00.
NGO-HNL departs at 7:50pm
This allows for connections from MNL and SPN pax which arrive at 11:30am and 10:20am respectively. It does not however allow for connections from Tokyo (8:45pm) and thus the Asia network, but then again NRT is well covered to HNL.
On the HNL side, one can connect to quite a few DL destinations. Though the layover will be long, better have a long layover in HNL than in NRT (anything longer than 3 hours there drives you batty.)
I think I might have to use this on my next trip the US. I would not mind even 6 hours on the ground at HNL. Could make it into a family vacation. (considered KIX-HNL-MSP but the cost of getting to KIX and possible stay over in Osaka, negates the route. Flying via NRT requires a horrible layover. NRT is not good for really long layovers.)