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United launches nonstop Honolulu to Washington, D.C. flight

February 9, 2012
The Maui Weekly

This June, United Airlines will begin a daily nonstop flight between Washington, D.C., and Honolulu. The route will become the third nonstop between Hawai'i and the East Coast.

The flight will be served by 767-400 planes currently used at the Washington/Dulles International Airport.

"The flexibility of our fleet allows us to put the right aircraft in the right markets to serve new communities and to add additional flights to communities we already serve," said James Starnes, United's director of domestic planning.

The only current nonstop between Hawai'i and the East Coast is United's flight from Honolulu to Newark N.J., which serves the New York Metro area. Hawaiian Airlines is also slated to begin a nonstop from Honolulu to New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport in June.

The Hawai'i Tourism Authority estimates that the new route will equate to $135 million per year in visitor spending, along with $14 million in tax revenue.



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