Hawaiian Airlines Plots A Return To Tahiti This August

Hawaiian Airlines has now set a date for the resumption of its Tahiti services. With the launch of a pre-travel testing program between Hawaii and French Polynesia, travelers will be able to delight in quarantine-free travel. Starting August 7th, Hawaiian will return to Tahiti with once-weekly nonstop flying.

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Hawaiian Airlines will resume Tahiti service in August. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Hawaiian Airlines sets Tahiti return

On August 7th, Hawaiian Airlines will resume nonstop service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Tahiti’s Faa’a International Airport (PPT) in Papeete.

Flights will run one time per week on Saturdays. HA481 will depart HNL at 15:35 and arrive in PPT at 21:30. The flight is blocked at five hours and 55 minutes. The return flight, HA482, will depart PPT at 23:30 and arrive the next morning at 05:15. The return flight is blocked at five hours and 45 minutes and also operates on Saturdays.

Peter Ingram, CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, stated the following on the resumption of Tahiti flights:

“We look forward to reconnecting our islands, but most importantly, reconnecting family members who have not seen each other for over a year. We appreciate the tremendous work by the governments of French Polynesia and Hawaiʻi to open up travel between our regions.”

Hawaiian Airlines has not served Tahiti since early 2020. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Quarantine-free travel

Hawaiian Airlines will resume its PPT service after the introduction of a new pre-travel testing program to French Polynesia. Starting June 21st, travelers from French Polynesia can bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a test from a trusted testing partner in French Polynesia, no earlier than 72 hours before departure. The result must be negative.

Those traveling from PPT to HNL will need to produce a negative test result taken only from the Institut Louis Malardé. This is a state-approved testing partner, which is part of Hawaii’s Safe Travels program.

Customers traveling from HNL to PPT will need to provide proof of vaccination, a negative laboratory PCR test performed no more than three days before departure and the completion of a form anywhere from six to 30 days before departure. Children under 18 traveling with a vaccinated adult must take an additional test after arrival on day four and day eight of their stay. Those who are not compliant will need to quarantine for 10 days.

Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, stated the following on the reopening of travel between the two destinations:

“Many of Hawaiʻi’s residents have family in Tahiti, and welcoming our guests from French Polynesia to Hawaiʻi is an important step in maintaining the close relationship between our two regions.”

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The focus for this route will be on visiting friends and relatives (VFR) and leisure travelers. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Hawaiian’s Tahiti service

Hawaiian airlines suspended PPT service in March 2020 due to the pandemic. The airline has serviced the route since June 1987. The initial flights are running once per week.

The airline will utilize a 278-seat Airbus A330-200. These planes have 18 lie-flat first class seats, 68 extra-legroom economy seats, and 192 standard economy seats. The aircraft is configured for a leisure-oriented route, such as this one.

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Hawaiian Airlines has been busy adding new long-haul domestic routes in the United States and growing those frequencies. In addition, the airline has also placed its A330 in service on some routes previously operated with an Airbus A321neo.

Hawaiian Airlines has stated that the addition of those cities will not impede the airline’s international return. The airline is already flying to fewer international destinations than it was pre-crisis. The resumption of many of those flights is currently up in the air, depending on the state of travel restrictions.

This once-weekly flight is not too difficult to slot into the schedule. Hawaiian may grow the route if demand warrants in the future. Once the Boeing 787-9s enter service from 2022, those jets will help alleviate pressure on the Airbus A330s to conduct long-haul operations.

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