Virgin America has begun nonstop daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Kahului Airport (OGG) with connecting flights from most Virgin America markets, further adding to the airline´s Hawai´i routes following the launch of LAX — Honolulu (HNL) in May, the company said.
Hawai´i remains the ´most wanted´ destination by Virgin America´s Elevate frequent flier program members and continues to be the number one tourism destination from the West Coast, with over 3.5 million visitors in 2015.
Guests onboard the inaugural flight were treated to free GoPro Hero Session cameras to help document their Hawaiian vacation.
Virgin America has partnered with Aha PÅ«nana Leo, a nonprofit that provides for and nurtures various Hawaiian language environments. Started by a group of Hawaiian language educators in 1982, the organization´s advocacy has resulted in an education system in which students in Hawai´i may study from preschool all the way through doctoral-level studies in the indigenous Hawaiian language. The airline is providing USD10,000 to support the organization´s education programs in Maui this year.
The daily, nonstop flights will be operated with new Airbus A320 aircraft that Virgin America has taken delivery of this year, which are equipped with fuel-saving, ´sharklet´ wingtip devices, allowing the airline to operate flights more efficiently, especially over longer haul routes.