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HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:14 am

Hawaiian Airlines announced today that they are changing their schedules for flights from the Bay Area to Hawaii.
Starting on October 3rd, HA will fly daily from both OAK and SJC to OGG, and the current daily service from SJC and OAK to HNL will switch to 3x and 4x weekly. The schedule changes are due to "consumer demand" according to HA Executive Vice President Peter Ingram.
HA will continue to fly a daily HNL-SFO flight utilizing a new A330 aircraft.
For more information and new flight schedules, see the press release:

http://investor.hawaiianairlines.com...-newsArticle&ID=1725736&highlight=

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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:40 am

LAS-OGG is being cut. Where is that airframe going?
 
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:05 am

Obviously sounds like the demand for OAK-HNL and SJC-HNL is not nearly as great as OGG. Seems kind of ironic considering the size of HNL and Oahu, and OGG and Maui. It will be interesting to see what happens. AS going to lose a little bit of ground at these two locations?
 
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:12 am

Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 2):
Obviously sounds like the demand for OAK-HNL and SJC-HNL is not nearly as great as OGG. Seems kind of ironic considering the size of HNL and Oahu, and OGG and Maui. It will be interesting to see what happens. AS going to lose a little bit of ground at these two locations?

It's a total reaction to AS pulling away customers from HA that used to connect HNL-OGG. The drop-down of the HNL flights proves that HA's strategy of routing everyone through HNL is failing. AS must be hurting them when it comes to OGG, KOA and LIH.
 
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Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:18 am

Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 2):
Obviously sounds like the demand for OAK-HNL and SJC-HNL is not nearly as great as OGG.

I can understand SJC considering the somewhat more affluent Silicon Valley people likely prefer Maui to Oahu anyway. Oakland may be the same sort of deal.
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:41 am

Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 3):
It's a total reaction to AS pulling away customers from HA that used to connect HNL-OGG. The drop-down of the HNL flights proves that HA's strategy of routing everyone through HNL is failing. AS must be hurting them when it comes to OGG, KOA and LIH.

Yes, that's why their passenger numbers and profits have gone down so much lately. HA is quaking in their flip-flops as the mighty Alaska machine is taking over the islands.  

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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:43 am

Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 3):
It's a total reaction to AS pulling away customers from HA that used to connect HNL-OGG. The drop-down of the HNL flights proves that HA's strategy of routing everyone through HNL is failing. AS must be hurting them when it comes to OGG, KOA and LIH.

Historically OGG has always been higher yielding than HNL. I also think this also has to do with HA trying to force people to connect to interisland flights from OGG-ITO/KOA/LIH/HNL to help support its new "hub" at OGG. If you look at the fare sale they are offering the cheapest fares must connect via OGG. A few more 767s at OGG each day will probably help keep the OGG-LIH/KOA/ITO interisland routes operating.

Also, keeping more connecting passengers away from HNL keeps seats open for locals. I know from personal experience it can be very difficult to find seats on interisland flights to/from HNL during HA's mainland departure window (11am-2pm).

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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:57 am

Quoting aloha73g (Reply 6):
I know from personal experience it can be very difficult to find seats on interisland flights to/from HNL during HA's mainland departure window (11am-2pm).

A lot of this is due to check in and check out times of hotels, and the large groups, often times from Asia that take multi Island itineraries when they visit the beautiful 50th state. It has been tough to fly at those times since I lived there between 93 and 95 and there was HA and AQ plus a few widebodies flying mid-day HNL-OGG with D10's and L10's on AA, UA & DL which could at times be full themselves because of the cheaper fares over HA or AQ.
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:30 pm

Quoting aloha73g (Reply 6):
I also think this also has to do with HA trying to force people to connect to interisland flights from OGG-ITO/KOA/LIH/HNL to help support its new "hub" at OGG

I like the option of connecting in OGG...If my DL flt is full from LAX-KOA i sometimes take the early morning DL flt to OGG and connect to KOA on HA that way instead of going thru HNL less walking and less people.I beleive back in the day HA only had one maybe two flights a day to KOA from OGG so i wouldn't chance it to much going thru OGG wasn't worth it but know they have around four flts a day i feel a little better going thru that airport now...Just watch the fares cause one time in OGG i didnt check the availability before i left LAX and when i got to OGG the HA flt to KOA was oversold,i couldn't backtrack to HNL cause all those flts were full so obvisouly i couldn't use my ID90 rate i ended up buying a $200.00 first-class one-way ticket from OGG-KOA..
 
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:04 pm

Quoting HAL (Reply 5):

Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 3):
It's a total reaction to AS pulling away customers from HA that used to connect HNL-OGG. The drop-down of the HNL flights proves that HA's strategy of routing everyone through HNL is failing. AS must be hurting them when it comes to OGG, KOA and LIH.

Yes, that's why their passenger numbers and profits have gone down so much lately. HA is quaking in their flip-flops as the mighty Alaska machine is taking over the islands.  

HAL

The overstatement and defensiveness of both sides there is really clear, to those who are less biased.

Any business has to adapt to the changing of the competitive landscape. AS has certainly brought a new, and successful, strategy to the mainland-HI game. How much that has shaped HA's strategy we can all only speculate, but they WILL adjust and adapt as needed. They are a responsible, profitable airline, as pointed out, who wants to continue to be successful.
 
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:28 pm

What is the HNL connecting traffic from SJC/OAK to Asia, Philippines, etc?
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:42 pm

Quoting md3 (Reply 9):
The overstatement and defensiveness of both sides there is really clear, to those who are less biased.

There was nothing 'defensive' about my statement regarding the pull-down of HNL flights. It was strictly conjecture and speculation on my part as to why it might be occuring. The establishment of a mini-hub in OGG is a perfectly good explanation for adding service to OGG. Of course AS will never rival HA in flights to the islands or that feeling of 'aloha' when traveling there.
 
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:23 pm

Man, I wish HA would install SMF to OGG.
Right now Alaska does it, but their departure time suck big time.
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:38 pm

What is happening to the LAS-OGG frame when this route is cut?
 
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:56 pm

Quoting ANA787 (Reply 13):
What is happening to the LAS-OGG frame when this route is cut?

Where does it say that LAS-OGG is being cut? This flight is very popular with both locals and
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:03 pm

Quoting ANA787 (Reply 13):
What is happening to the LAS-OGG frame when this route is cut?

Since noone else seems to be interested in or able to answer your question, I'll repeat what I posted on the other thread where this subject is being discussed:
OAG Changes 8/17/2012: DL/F9/UA/US (by enilria Aug 13 2012 in Civil Aviation):

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Having looked into and thought about this some more since yesterday, I'd bet that the OGG-LAS a/c is in fact destined to help start the CTS (Sapporo) and BNE (Brisbane) routes (both starting in November when LAS-OGG stops and both also op'ing with the 763ER.) Maybe she'll also be used for the occasional NFL charter?

I believe the nonstop Maui-Vegas service began in fall of 2010 (October) and although operating ever since, has never gone daily. (It started out twice weekly.) My guess is that HA felt the a/c could be better used elsewhere.

I'll further add here that both CTS and BNE appear to be scheduled to operate 3x weekly, and pretty much both flights on the same days. What's more, I think the LAS-OGG flight currently might operate on the same 3 days! That pretty much clinches it for me but this is just my guess...

Anyone have the definitive answer? Inquiring minds need to know!  

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[Edited 2012-08-15 16:06:20]
 
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:40 pm

I have said it before and I will say it again----HA's preoccupation with their "Eastern strategy" has resulted in them dropping the ball on their West Coast mainland flights-----Alaska is "eating thier lunch" now and Allegaint and SWA will be more bad news for them-----they really did think that people did not mind going through HNL and changing planes----they were (and remain) out of touch with reality.
 
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:18 pm

FWIW, it just took my first roundtrip on HA a few weeks ago from JFK to HNL. The outgoing and return flights were both filled to 100% capacity.

HA has, by far, the best customer service of any domestic U.S. carrier in coach. I was amazed at the free meals and high level of service. The FAs continued to stroll the aisles at all times to serve refreshments.

My final destination was Maui, but I decided to use JHM on WP since it was more convenient to my condo. I didn't mind the change at HNL at all. It was very convenient, especially for someone who often transfers at PHL.

These are just my observations. I think HA has a winner in their East Coast service. And I don't see why anyone would mind tranferring in HNL.
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:09 pm

Quoting n471wn (Reply 16):
Alaska is "eating thier lunch" now and Allegaint and SWA will be more bad news for them-----

What figures do you have that would back-up that statement?
 
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:24 pm

Quoting bobnwa (Reply 18):
What figures do you have that would back-up that statement?

Obiously none yet for G4 and WN---as for Alaska just look at their growth and profits on thieir Hawaii routes---anyway you cut it this was HA's iif they watned it.....
 
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:39 pm

Quoting n471wn (Reply 19):
Obiously none yet for G4 and WN---as for Alaska just look at their growth and profits on thieir Hawaii routes---anyway you cut it this was HA's iif they watned it.....

AS was lucky, in a sense, to be starting their expansion into Hawai'i around the same time AQ & TZ folded. Alot of the routes AS has started were formerly operated by AQ and/or TZ. AQ is really the airline that pioneered using 737s to connect smaller mainland cities directly to neighbor islands.

HA could have bought AQ's operation (or TZ's) out of bankruptcy at a very affordable price, but chose not to for very valid business reasons. HA's operation, labor contracts, marketing, etc are all based on operating wide-body aircraft on "bigger" routes. AS's business plan is based on operating only 737s & leveraging the strength of their hub at SEA.

I think it would be stupid for HA to get 737s to connect secondary markets and it would also be stupid for AS to get 767s or A330s and fly HNL-LAX.

Airlines DO NOT have to do everything....fly everything...to everywhere to be successful. I would also venture that airlines which have tried that in the past have failed miserably (Braniff post 1978 anyone?) Both AS & HA have been extremely successful in their Hawaii operations for very different reasons. I seriously doubt either could (or would) do well with the others strategy.

Why can't we just congratulate them both on their success and wish them well?

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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:57 pm

Quoting aloha73g (Reply 20):
Why can't we just congratulate them both on their success and wish them well?

Great post and great summary----I agree........
 
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RE: HA To Go Daily SJC-OGG, OAK-OGG

Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:51 am

I don't think this announcement is any reflection on whether AS or HA's business model is working better, but rather one of HA being efficient and nimble w/ their operations which is why they have been so successful. With all of their expansion, HA is running out of space in HNL (including interisland capacity to/fr HNL) during their peak midday bank of flights so if the majority of the traffic from OAK and SJC are ultimately going to OGG, ITO, KOA, or LIH it really doesn't matter if they connect in HNL or OGG and since OGG has room for expansion w/ probably minimal increase in fixed costs, why not take pressure off the hub in HNL. Contrary to what a lot of people on here believe, I still think the VAST majority of travelers purchase tickets based on price so if OAK/SJC-LIH//KOA via OGG/HNL on HA is cheaper than nonstop on AS, they're gonna go w/ HA. I have friends who fly a circuitous route not because they're aviation enthusiasts, but to save just $10-20 because that's what appears at the top of the search list for Orbitz, Expedia, Kayak, and Travelocity.

I'm also wondering with 3 daily mainland flights and increased interisland flying if the next phase of the "Maui hub" will include establishing a satellite FA and/or pilot base. I know that some of the FAs flying the routes live on Maui, but for arguments sake, say all of the crew (8 FAs and 2 pilots) lives in HNL that could mean up to 60 lost revenue seats (half a 717) per day during the peak travel time. Hypothetically, say HA generates $60 of revenue/seat (kinda on the low end), that works out to $1.3 million in lost revenue per year. I'm sure HA has crunched the numbers and it's probably cheaper to fly them in than have to pay for reserve crew, etc. but I guess I'm just wondering at what point does it make sense to establish a FA and/or pilot base on Maui.

Kinda off topic, but I'm surprised HA has not applied for a NRT/HND-OGG-KOA/HNL-NRT/HND flight. I'm sure they probably don't want to deal w/ the politics of establishing a FIS at OGG, but my personal feeling is that over the past 20 yrs people on Maui have realized that a longer runway and/or increased overseas flights do not equal uncontrolled growth and it would be good to have a more diverse visitor base like Oahu so there is a little more stability in the visitor numbers, but it's just my opinion.

[Edited 2012-08-17 00:39:40]

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