Korean Air To Return To Hawaii With The Airbus A330

Seoul-based Korean Air has revealed that it will return to Hawaii in a couple of weeks. From November…

Korean Air To Return To Hawaii With The Airbus A330

Seoul-based Korean Air has revealed that it will return to Hawaii in a couple of weeks. From November 3rd, the airline will resume flights to Honolulu. The route has been suspended since April 3rd due to the impact of the pandemic. The relaunch is connected to an increasing number of tourists traveling to the islands.

Korean Air will return to Hawaii with its Airbus A330 aircraft. Photo: Korean Air

Across the aviation industry, it is now full steam ahead to return to the skies following the industry’s worst-ever crisis. While things looked incredibly bleak last April and even earlier this year, increasing vaccine rates worldwide have led to fewer border restrictions and thus an increased demand to travel.

Returning to Hawaii

Precisely 19 months after it last flew to Honolulu, Korean Air is set to return. From November 3rd, the carrier will fly across the Pacific Ocean to the holiday destination. Flights will be operated by the Airbus A330 three times a week, departing from Seoul Incheon Airport on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday to the following schedule,

  • KE053 will depart from Incheon Airport (ICN) at 20:35. The Airbus A330 is then scheduled to arrive in Honolulu (HNL) at 10:00.
  • KE054 will then depart from Honolulu after a short turnaround at 11:40. The flight will cross the international dateline on the way back home, arriving back home at 1745.
Korean Air, Airbus A330, Honolulu
The flight from Seoul to Honolulu crosses the international dateline. Photo: Cirium

Korean Air will face direct competition on the route from Hawaiian Airlines. However, this shouldn’t be too much of a bother for the carrier, given that it codeshares on the Hawaiian Airlines flights, which the Airbus A330 also operates.

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Before the pandemic, Korean Air operated twice-daily flights between the two destinations. This means that the route will operate with roughly an 80% reduction due to suppressed passenger numbers. Increasing demand has prompted the limited return of the route through. According to the airline, 200 Korean tourists visited Hawaii in January. This grew to 1,000 a month more recently.

A huge tourist destination

Korean Air isn’t the only airline with a focus on flying tourists to Hawaii. Honolulu is also a key tourist destination for neighboring ANA. For ANA, the demand was so high that the airline procured three A380s just for the route. To date, ANA hasn’t seen enough demand to warrant even returning one A380 to the route. As such, the giant turtles continue to fly tourists on charter flights around Japan.

ANA A380 Airbus
ANA acquired the A380 solely for flights to Honolulu. Photo: Airbus

ANA did operate a couple of scheduled flights recently, though. In August, the airline operated two rotations to Hawaii with the Airbus A380. Though counting as scheduled flights, these rotations were strictly limited to two, with no exact date for when the aircraft may return to the Pacific skies for good.

What do you make of Korean Air’s return to Honolulu? Let us know what you think and why in the comments!

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Faroe Islands Atlantic Airways Reveals 2022 Flight Schedule

Faroe Islands’ Atlantic Airways has revealed its flight schedule for 2022. The flag carrier plans to fly direct…

Faroe Islands Atlantic Airways Reveals 2022 Flight Schedule

Faroe Islands’ Atlantic Airways has revealed its flight schedule for 2022. The flag carrier plans to fly direct routes to 10 destinations across Europe, including three domestic services and three to Spain for next summer. Let’s find out more about the airline’s plans from Vagar.

Atlantic Airways operates a fleet of three all-Airbus narrowbody aircraft. Photo: Airbus

Back on the map

According to Aviation24, Faroe Islands’ Atlantic Airways has announced its plans for the following year. The carrier flies out of Vagar, the capital of the self-governing Danish territory, serving the island located between Iceland and Denmark. After a tough pandemic year, the airline is making a comeback next year.

Atlantic Airways plans to fly to 10 destinations across much of western Europe. This includes three domestic destinations of Copenhagen, Aalborg, and Billund on a frequent basis. Neighboring Iceland will see twice-weekly (thrice from Easter onwards) from Vagar to Keflavik. However, long-haul flights are still off the map.

Atlantic Airways A319-100
Atlantic uses its A319s and A320neos for European services and helicopters for internal flights. Photo: Curimedia via Wikimedia Commons

Further out, Atlantic will serve Edinburgh from 7th April to 22nd December on a twice-weekly basis to provide flights to the UK. Neighboring France will also see direct flights to Paris from May to October. The first route in this schedule will be flights from Vagar to Gran Canaria, which run from 2nd November 2021 to next February.

Summer calling

In anticipation of a busy summer next year, Atlantic Airways is planning flights to sunny Mallorca and Barcelona from 7th June to 27th September, the peak period. Both flights will run once weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, respectively.

The carrier is also launching a brand-new route from Vagar to Oslo, flying every Wednesday through 2022, with an extra Sunday service from Easter to 16th October. With year-round traffic between the countries, Atlantic is hoping to see strong demand on the route and looking to challenge the new entrant.

Faroe Islands Atlantic Airways Reveals 2022 Flight Schedule
The airline is flying an impressive schedule given its three aircraft. Photo: Gordon Leggett / Wikimedia Commons

Overall, Atlantic is hoping that travel restrictions will be eased next year and travel will return to some normality. While this is impossible to predict during the pandemic, things are looking up for the industry in general, with 2021 showing a strong recovery.

Risks

However, it’s not all smooth riding for Atlantic Airways, and schedules don’t mean flights will actually operate. In July, Atlantic was forced to pull its new Edinburgh route just three weeks after launch due to rising COVID cases in the UK. With cases still high in parts of Europe, there is a serious risk of next summer being impacted by COVID once again.

For now, Denmark, and by extension the Faroe Islands, are now welcoming EU and vaccinated travelers back without any restrictions. If the situation remains the same over the next year as well, the airline could be looking at a major recovery. However, with the pandemic constantly throwing curveballs at the industry, nothing is certain, and schedules might be over-optimistic.

What do you think about Atlantic Airways’ plans for next year? Let us know in the comments!

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