In my opinion, yes. But it will take the A320NEO with sharklets due to greater diversion margin over water.
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I know they divert quite reguarly during winter months on transcons due to the strong jetstream, however, most flights from CA to Hawaii are shorter then the BOS to west coast routes.
The sharklets will help the winter diversions. But that is only 100nm additional range. The engines will provide about another 400nm of range (after the weight penalty of the engine which is ~1.8t including about 1/2t for the airframe).
A prior discussion on the topic:
A320NEO Weight Revealed - Flightglobal (by art Dec 7 2010 in Civil Aviation)
For example, while LAX
is 2269nm vs. LAX
of 2221, the over-water flight will require more surplus fuel (no real diversion available until very close to HNL
). Since LAX
is possible with the current 738 (going from memory, 3400nm range), the A320NEO should be able to fly to the islands.
In my opinion, the winglets will allow for more fuel volume. For example, with B6
, they found sans winglets the ACJ (due to its weight) cut range. I suspect with the wingles (NEO or no) the ACJ will provide the A320, with a high passenger payload, the range it needs. So it is possible B6
could fly to Hawaii with A320 (w/sharklets & ACJ) prior to the A320NEO, but I consider it unlikely.