Continental Airlines to offer new flights between Orange County and Maui

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Continental Airlines today announced new service between Orange County and Maui to begin March 7, 2010. In addition, the company increased to daily previously announced service between Orange County and Honolulu, also starting March 7, 2010.

“We continue to see solid demand for travel to Hawaii,” said Jim Compton, Continental’s executive vice president of marketing. “We are operating the new flights with the right-sized aircraft for the market and are confident this new service will be a success.”

The new Orange County-Maui flight will operate four times weekly, departing John Wayne Airport (SNA) at 5:20 pm and arriving at Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG) at 8:05 pm. The return flight will depart Maui at 11:10 pm and arrive at Orange County at 7:45 am the next day, except on Saturdays when it will depart 40 minutes later. Continental will utilize a Boeing 737-700 on the new route with 124 seats and plans to increase the service to daily during the summer.

In addition, Continental will increase from four times weekly to daily previously announced service between John Wayne Airport and the Honolulu International Airport (HNL). The new flight will depart Orange County daily at 9 am and arrive at Honolulu at 11:45 am, returning from Honolulu at 1 pm and arriving at 9:35 pm. Continental will operate the new route with a 124-seat Boeing 737-700.

The new Orange County-Hawaii flights complement Continental’s previously announced service between Los Angeles and Maui and a second daily flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu, beginning March 7, 2010.