I spent a little while earlier today creating a turn-schedule for this summer's AS service to The Islands. The summer schedule begins June 9. On another AS thread
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there was a bit of a sub-topic starting about what's next for AS to Hawaii and I didn't want to continue taking that thread off-topic so I thought I'd start a separate one.
Although it appears that the online schedules on AS.com are perhaps not quite complete yet, a couple of highlights are:
> SEA-HNL will see 3 daily flights this summer (up from 2 last year);
> PDX-HNL's r/t schedule improves a lot (IMHO) with a morning departure from PDX and a mid-day HNL return;
> SAN-OGG gets double-daily service this summer, up from 11 wkly flights for the summer of 2012; and
> SAN-LIH starts on June 7, and runs daily thru the summer; it currently shows a reduction to 4x/wk in late August.
I notice that SMF-OGG remains at 1 daily r/t this year and that the service still originates/terminates in SEA. I don't know if this is to help fill the flights (with thru SEA-OGG traffic) or if it is simply a/c placement -- combining a SEA-SMF flight with the SMF-OGG leg rather than running 2 separate segments. (Maybe it even has something to do with ETOPs.)
SMF was one of the cities discussed a bit in the other thread and I mentioned that last year SMF had 10 weekly flights during the summer to Maui -- the a/c was shared with SAN providing 7 "extra" wkly flights between California and OGG. This year, SMF is not seeing any "extra" Maui flights, nor any new routes to the Islands. (Maui is still the only route that AS flies from SMF and therefore remains the mainland city with the fewest routes to Hawaii on a year-round basis. ANC and BLI only see one route - HNL - in the summer, but in the winter, they both saw additional service.)
Which brings me to my next question. I wonder how BLI-Hawaii is doing since AS does not fly to even Maui from there in the summer. I kind of expected this summer AS might, for obvious reasons, increase their Island-flying a bit from northern Washington.
In any case, it's great to see AS's presence in the Island market strong as always, with even some continuing growth. I hope to see SAN-KOA start soon, and maybe a bit of expansion from BLI.