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10-01-2007, 05:20 PM
Aloha Airlines to launch O.C.-Kauai service

Nonstop and direct flights will be included, the company says.


By GARY A. WARNER REGISTER TRAVEL EDITOR


Aloha Airlines will begin nonstop service between Orange County and the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Jan. 8, culminating an expansion that began with the launch of the airline’s first flights to Honolulu in 2001.
“Kauai seemed like a natural,” said Thom Nulty, Aloha’s senior vice president for marketing and sales. “We know a lot of people in Orange County, for instance, have timeshares in Kauai.” The move means the airline will offer nonstop service from John Wayne Airport to Lihue Airport on Kauai to go along with nonstop service to Honolulu, Kahului on Maui, and Kona on the Big Island.
Aloha will fly nonstop to Kauai three times a week, with direct (no plane change) service the other four days. The change will mean a reduction in the frequency of nonstop flights between Orange County and Kona to four days a week (with direct service via Kauai on the other days).
Aloha has built its niche in part by advertising what it does not do: Use Los Angeles International Airport as the point of departure.
In the late 1990s, Hawaiian Airlines had put itself on the waiting list for the limited number of flight slots out of John Wayne Airport. In an interview this year, Keoni Wagner, a vice president for Hawaiian, said the airline no longer was considering flights out of Orange County.
Aloha will continue to fly Boeing 737-700 aircraft, with 12 first-class and 112 coach seats. Fares will be around $600 for the nonstops to Kauai, fluctuating based on season and demand.
Here’s how it will work:
Beginning Jan. 7, Aloha Flight 485 will fly nonstop from Orange County to Kona on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Passengers who want to go to Kauai will stay on the plane.
Beginning Jan. 8, Aloha Flight 485 will fly nonstop to Lihue on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The drill will be reversed. Passengers bound for the Big Island will stay on the plane, which will then proceed to Kona.
The same goes in reverse for the return flight. Aloha Flight 486 will fly nonstop between Lihue and Orange County three days a week. Four days a week, Flight 486 will stop at Kona en route to John Wayne.
Aloha recently announced a second seasonal flight between Orange County and Honolulu from Nov. 16 to Jan. 5, though it will not operate Nov. 28-Dec. 5. The airline also flies daily between Orange County and Sacramento.
Aloha also announced that it would begin nonstop service between San Diego and Kauai and between San Diego and Kona.
Nulty said an added benefit is that the two “round-robin” flights from Orange County and San Diego will add two daily nonstop flights in each direction between Kauai, the northernmost major island in the chain, and Kona on the southernmost island.
“We’ll go top-to-bottom twice a day,” Nulty said.
More information: www.alohaairlines.com or 800-367-5250.

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