UA employees have been flirting with the rumor of the return of ORD-HNL service for almost a year … according to the rumor, UA will upgrade HNL-NRT back to the B744 and then retime the flight so the aircraft from ORD can continue onto NRT… IMO, I doubt it will happen. But we can dream!
Theoretically that would make the most sense however that would dramatically derease the amount of capacity controlled space for award travel for the ORD
leg. Also, I'm sure that it would be marketed as a ORD
flight with a stopover at HNL
(same flight #). I doubt this will happen as well since it seems like UA
direct flights are pretty set and also very popular among high-revenue passengers. Attempting to mix and match a proposed ORD
route would just complicate an already established existing routing scheme.
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!