Hawaiian Airlines debuted its new Honolulu to Boston route April 5, launching the longest U.S. interstate flight.
The nonstop flight from Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye Airport to Boston Logan Airport covers more than 5,000 miles, and the airline is operating the outgoing and return flights five times per week.
"As Hawaii's airline, we take great pride in sharing our love of these Islands, and as we welcome our newest guests from the East Coast, we are confident they will find that their vacation begins and ends with us,'' Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram said in a statement. "We also want to help Hawaii residents get to where they want to go, and we know that people here travel to New England frequently.''
Boston was the largest U.S. market without nonstop service to Hawaii prior to the new Hawaiian Airlines service. In addition to passengers, commercial interests are using the new nonstop flights for perishable goods. The first flight from Boston to Honolulu included approximately one-and-a-half tons of live lobster, and Hawaiian fish and produce will also be regularly flown to New England.
"On behalf of the Commonwealth, we are pleased to welcome Hawaiian Airlines to Massachusetts,'' Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said in the statement. "This new service will provide access to new markets for businesses and connect two exciting destinations for travelers in both states.''
The route takes nearly 10 hours from Honolulu to Boston, and roughly 11-and-a-half hours east to west. Last year, about 127,000 people from New England, the majority from Massachusetts, visited Hawaii, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.