NZBlue beat me to my first point, the Denver - Honolulu flights (43/44) are operated with a 763, not a 772. In fact, I will be flying on the eastbound leg (44) in a week and a half.
HNL would have been a hub, if UA decided to get into the inter-island ops, which at one time were considering, but chose not to. That would have meant turning on AQ, and taking advantage of them.
I assume that you are saying that UA
was thinking about getting into inter-island ops with smaller aircraft and having numerous flights per day? I guess that I am not sure what you are saying. However, UA
used to operate inter-island flights back in the early 90s. I am not sure when they started them, but in the early 90s, they would fly in DC-10s from ORD
, and LAX
, in the late afternoon/early evening to HNL
and then these birds would continue on to LIH, OGG
, and KOA. I am pretty sure that they turned around that night so as to provide red-eye service back to the mainland via HNL
(anyone help me to confirm this?). However, UA
stopped these flights when they started direct service from the mainland to the other islands. I am not sure when, but I think that it was in the mid 90s or so....maybe a little earlier. So, UA
did have inter-island service, but not multiple flights a day with smaller aircraft which you might be pertaining to.
Also, you may not be able to connect to the Japan flights from the Mainland, but it does allow for a great stopover when you are making a trip to Asia and if you have time!