It appears that HA is scheduling inter-island runs between HNL-KOA/OGG/LIH starting later this month before the planes are used to start West Coast services.
I also read in Pacific Business News HA plans on starting OGG-SAN in May with the 21N. The article also states that some flights currently operated by the 332 like HNL-SFO, OGG-LAX will operate with the 21N.
The article also states the NRT-HNL will be operated by the 21N but that sounds like a mistake.
It appears that HA is targeting AS routes and perhaps grabbing what market share they can ahead of WN's entrance into the market. One thing for sure, the 321NEO is a game changer for HA.
The article is poorly worded. HNL-SFO is going double daily for summer with the A321 operating an eastbound redeye. I don’t know enough about outer island flying to know if SAN/OAK are resumptions, replacements or new routes. The A321 is absolutely a game-changer and a necessary step to ensure competitive advantage over AS/VX and the new WN, not to mention the big 3. SFO is a perfect example because it’s been daily for years (it not forever) but consistently full; yet clearly either not enough to go twice daily or because HA didn’t want to cannibalize OAK and maybe SJC. Now the A321 allows an incremental increase that, if successful, may go year round double daily either with a mix or both flights operating narrowbodies to free up an A330 for something longer. All this being said, HA is a relatively conservative airline. I think we’ll see a lot of dot connecting this year, especially outer island, and increase frequency; I’d be surprised to see a new station open. Happy to be wrong though!
The HNL-NRT route is obviously currently flying so they are adding a seasonal second daily A330 (third daily to Tokyo if you include HND, fourth daily Hawaii to Tokyo if you include KOA).