Right now, Hawaiian Airlines sends their Airbus A330s to these destinations: (If I forgot to list any, let me know)
New York (most recently)
San Diego (most recently)
Auckland (Starting in March 2013)
Which of the following destinations below would Hawaiian Airlines send their A330 to next?
Seattle’s the biggest market left but has the most competition so they might have trouble filling the extra seats if AS and DL respond aggressively.
Probably PHX or OAK - the SFO/OAK market can probably absorb the extra seats the best.
SJC is possible. I don’t know how well HA does there, but their only competition there is AS and they would have much lower CASM, meaning that they could survive any fare tactic AS might try to throw at them.
I don’t think you need to “answer the question with a question, then give my answer.”. All you need to do is search the answer yourself, and then answer the question. Not hard…
My answer would have been the same answer you just gave! Took the words right out of my mouth! But I think SEA would have a higher chance of getting the HA A330 next. If Alaska and Delta were to respond to that, I think Alaska would use their Boeing 737-900ERs, and Delta may respond by either using their Airbus A330-200, Boeing 767-300ER, -400ER, or possibly, their 777-200ER. But it’s just a guess. Highly doubt they’d use their A332 or B772s though. Even if DL would do that, HA would still be carrying more people because of their seating config.
All I wanted to do was provide rationale for my answer. Also, I did not have the time to thoroughly research every single configuration HAL may have on their B767s in the time I had. So apologies for wanting the question answered so you wouldn’t have to spend the second post of your time here at this forum chastising me.
Either way, I answered the OP’s question. I’ll even go a step further and see if ASA has the market cornered on PANC service. If not, a possible run with an A330 or even a B763 up to there may be an option.
My suggestion would be HKG or TPE, SIN, BKK, SGN these regional hubs would fill upon announcement as the transpacific routes are hard to come by for pax. There are no US carriers currently with direct flights to US soil from Vietnam, so the it would be a coup for the airline on a nonstop to HNL. On a direct flt they could extend the existing SEL service or fill the plane with a HKG stop.
They should be looking to extend into Asia where the population is on the move…