There will be six daily flights between Seattle and Hawaii, not to mention several others via YVR
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Don't forget about ATA's SEA-HNL 753 service.
It's a B752
I can't speak about Hawaiian's routes, but NW's flights to the Aloha State are not purely O&D... pax connect at SEA from MEM, DTW, MSP, and AMS, plus Alaska's network, which feeds their flights. Yes, I know MSP and DTW have their own daily flights to HNL, but often times, pax from the hub cities are routed through Seattle.
is pretty much O/D -- its early morning departure time means there's no way to connect from DTW
feeds a handful of passengers onto NW
's flight, but they also feed numerous HA
flights as well. For example, AS
had the the lowest price SEA
in March -- flights connected on HA
), USA - Nevada">LAS
(which seems a bit odd, yes). In another month, AS
has the lowest fare in EWR
-- and passengers connect onto HA
flight (which I didn't think they coded).
offers one-stop, same-plane service MDW
... this will open up its entire network to HNL
service. In addition, I believe TZ
is or will be selling a block of seats per flight to Pleasant Holidays.
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Is the SEA
market overserved? Consider: NW
/HA operated this route with nearly 900 seats each way for more than ten years... due to different equipment/equipment configurations and flight increases/decreases, there will be slightly more than 950 seats between NW
/HA/TZ shortly -- a modest growth & a wash when you consider that Pleasant Holidays will attract consumers who wouldn't otherwise travel to Hawaii.
, on the other hand, has went from 0 to 530 seats in just a few years... well NW
is feeding its entire network via SEA
relies on O/D traffic. Does OGG
really warrant all this traffic from SEA
The short answer: I believe Hawaii is slightly overserved from SEA
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Also, is there any plans for NW to replace the routes with the A332 or 753 on the Seattle-Honolulu/Maui routes.
This question comes up all the time... a dozen DC-10 or so -- mostly newer frames built in the mid-to-late 1980s -- are being retained for resort services, a la HNL
. But it's likely 753 will take over SEA
by year's end...