Austin787 wrote:Cubsrule wrote:And remember that these flights are just to HNL; folks going to neighbor islands still have to connect and have tons of extant options for those connections on the mainland.
True. However, the AUS and MCO flights will be on HA A330. Which means most of the trip will be in 2-4-2 in economy and flat beds in first, which I consider among the best of the options to the Hawaii islands. I have searched flights for AUS-KOA and AUS-LIH. Most of the options I see involve 2 flights on narrowbodies with 3-3 in economy and standard recliners in first. Nice having AUS-HNL-LIH/KOA as additional options.
The hard product is better than some for sure, although isn't AUS-DFW-OGG pretty similar from a hard product perspective to AUS-HNL-OGG? The trouble for HA is market fragmentation and the fact that AUS - while dynamic and growing - is not a huge market to Hawaii to begin with.