MIAMI — Delta Air Lines has announced an all-new route to its massive network, linking Detroit (DTW) with Honolulu (HNL) from June 29, 2019.
According to the Atlanta-based carrier, its hub in Detroit will become the ninth US gateway, after Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Seattle to offer direct flights to Hawaii.
In addition to these nine cities, New York, San Francisco, and Portland also offer seasonal flights to different Hawaiian destinations.
The new flights from DTW will be operated with the airline’s Boeing 767-300(ER), equipped with full-flat beds in DeltaOne.
“We’re pleased to add a nonstop link to Hawaii from our Detroit hub as we know it’s a destination our customers in our hub city and beyond have asked for,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s Chief Executive Officer.
“It will also bring convenient, one-stop connections to Honolulu for many customers in dozens of other cities we serve in the Upper Midwest and Northeast U.S.”
Flights from DTW will depart at noontime, arriving in Honolulu at 15:43. The return flight departs at 15:15, arriving the next morning into Detroit by 06:10.
“Nonstop service to Honolulu is wonderful news for Detroit Metropolitan Airport,” said Wayne County Airport Authority Interim CEO Chad Newton.
“Until now, Honolulu was our third largest market without nonstop service from Detroit. It is a destination that our customers repeatedly ask for on social media, so we are excited to offer direct access to such a beautiful place,” he said.
This new flight becomes the fifth longest nonstop domestic route served out of Honolulu.
Currently, the longest route will be served by Hawaiian Airlines (HA) once it launches flights to Boston-Logan International Airport next April, which is 5,095 miles apart.
In second place remains HA’s New York’s nonstop service (at 4,983 miles), followed by United’s Washington (IAD) service (4,817 miles), and Delta’s Atlanta (ATL) flight (4,502 miles).