Even if it were technically possible, does anyone here seriously believe that HA would pay for LHR slots???
LGW sure, LHR upfront costs would doom the flight
It's a leisure destination, so they would not need to find a pair of expensive prime-time slots. Lots of slots to be had at odd hours of the day.
There are no ETOPS sectors MEL-DXB, there are 2 for HNL-LHR. It would be a weight restricted flight going west and HA would waste airplanes flying that route. They should be flying from JFK.
There is 1 ETOPS sector on MEL-DXB but not relevant while flying with a quad. However, MEL-DXB faces strong headwinds while LON-HNL is a polar route.
If anyone knows anything about HA, which clearly many on this thread are not in that category, they'd know that this isn't new news. HA had their sights on Europe when the 350's were originally ordered, dating at least to 2008. This isn't something Dunkerley just conjured up overnight for free press as being suggested. And to suggest HA is foolish for not knowing the capabilities of the 330neo is also ludicrous. I do think however, that these recent comments, perhaps taken out of context are part of a bigger plan. HA has signaled that the 330neo may or may not do what it wants. This is likely a shot across the bow to both Airbus and Boeing.
I agree with everything in this paragraph except the last sentence. HA as a small niche carrier has no power to throw shots against anyone's bow.
HA is a destination carrier. It isn't now and won't be attempting to become the EK of the Pacific. If people make Hawaii a stopover, which HA does promote (for free) that's great. If people book connections through HNL, that's great too. But they're certainly not billing HNL as a connecting point for the Pacific Rim. Jeez... the place is already bursting at the seams with inadequate facilities for the operation that is taking place today!
These are nearly contradictory statements. Yes, "EK of the Pacific" is too strong of a description but if HA promotes the stopover and gives it for free, then by definition that is a part of their operating model and they want people to connect in HNL. I agree that the primary purpose of this incentive is to get people to visit Hawaii but it also suggests that they know that O&D alone isn't enough.
IF this was viable Virgin or British Airways would be flying it by now, they both have 787-9 planes.
Both of those already have a strong partner in AA and DL. Having said that I would not be surprised to see BA jump on it from LGW if the Edelweiss "experience" works.