There's good new for Boston residents planning a trip to Hawaii. On Thursday, Hawaiian Airlines announced direct flights from Beantown to Honolulu will begin as early as next spring. As for the bad news? It'll take 10 hours and 15 minutes to cover the 5,100-mile trip.
That's equivalent to watching all but the last half hour of The Twilight Saga, but on the 11 hours and 40 minutes it takes to get back home, you can see the whole thing with about an hour of spare. Talk about endurance, particular when the route will become the longest direct flight service in the U.S.
Because some 60,000 folks from the Massachusetts metropolis take their vay-cays in Hawaii, the airline thought the market was big enough to offer the service. Direct flights will start April 4, with five weekly round trips via the company's twin-engine wide-body A330-200 plane, which seats 258 in economy and 18 in first class.
Hawaiian has already started selling round-trip discounts ranging from $617 in economy to $1,776 in first class (featuring leather, lie-flat seats for those requisite snoozes while in transit) if customers purchase them by Sept. 17. Those who need more pampering to get through the 11-hour trip can spend an extra $290 for a round trip in the airline's extra comfort seats. Flights for these specials are slated to run from the day the service launches to April 30.
Once introduced, the Boston-Honolulu route will eclipse the length of Newark, New Jersey-Honolulu flights currently offered by United Airlines, which clock in 10 hours and 50 minutes. That's about two minutes longer than a Delta Airlines direct flight from Atlanta to Honolulu.