United Axes Longest Hawaii Route and Cuts New Zealand Frequency

by Anthony Losanno
United Plane

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Earlier today, United Airlines announced that it was adding several additional transatlantic flights for summer 2024 (which are also starting earlier in the season) and one new European destination, Faro International Airport (FAO). (More here). Along with those additions, United is making some other changes to its longhaul network.


United’s longest flight to Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) will cease flying on April 13th. The flight, which clocks in at 4,962 miles, has been running since long before the merger with Continental Airlines (it flew a DC10-30 back in 1998). The Chicago-based carrier will continue to serve Honolulu through its Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Denver International Airport (DEN), Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) hubs. Flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) are said to resume next winter, but an exact date has not been provided.

Daily service between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Auckland Airport (AKL) will be reduced to 3x weekly beginning on April 2nd. The aircraft is likely going to be used on one of the many additions United has recently announced to its transpacific network.

Anthony’s Take: Flights out of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) are always a bit sentimental for me (how often do you hear that about Newark?). I lived in Hoboken for a long time and flew Continental as my preferred carrier. United’s route network continues to evolve and as I wrote earlier today is one of the most impressive aspects of the airline.

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FrequentWanderer October 27, 2023 - 10:14 am

As I’ve said before, EWR-HNL has become a vanity route that can’t pull its weight, especially in summer. UA shows again that those 11 + 9.5 flight block hours (westbound + eastbound) are much more profitable somewhere else. Of course, NYers can take the nonstop on DL or HA, neither of which had that service during the CO times.

Overlying other hubs only makes sense where there is a significant nonstop premium. That isn’t HNL.

Fred October 30, 2023 - 11:35 am

Why is New Zealand even mentioned in the headline? All about Hawaii.

Fred October 30, 2023 - 11:37 am

Oops! My bad. Sorry.


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