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With a connection at Honolulu, getting to Rarotonga from the U.S. mainland is simple. In May 2023, Hawaiian Airlines will launch a weekly flight between Honolulu (HNL) and Rarotonga to connect the Hawaiian Islands with the Cook Islands (RAR). Travelers from Hawaiian’s 15 U.S. Mainland gateway cities will benefit from easy one-stop connections to the Cook Islands thanks to the service, which debuts May 20 in time for the summer travel season in the United States.
On HawaiianAirlines.com and other third party distribution channels, ticket sales for the Honolulu-Rarotonga service will start on December 7. On Saturdays, at 4 p.m., flight HA495 will leave Honolulu and touch down in Rarotonga at 10:25 p.m. The return flight, HA496, will take off from Rarotonga at 11:35 p.m. on Sundays and land in Honolulu at 5:50 a.m. on the following day, Monday. Hawaiian’s award-winning onboard service will be available to passengers in the quietest and most fuel-efficient Airbus A321neo of its class.
The Premium Cabin has 16 plush leather recliners, 45 Extra Comfort Premium Economy seats, and 128 Economy seats. The cabin’s furnishings and textiles pay homage to traditional Hawaiian crafts including fishing nets and bark fabric (kapa). According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Hawaiian® has led all U.S. airlines in on-time performance for each of the last 18 years (2004-2021), and consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and TripAdvisor have ranked Hawaiian among the top domestic airlines servicing Hawaii.
The Cook Islands are a group of 15 islands spread across an area of 850 square miles in the South Pacific that forms the heart of the Polynesian triangle. The Cook Islands are situated in the same time zone as Hawaii and are roughly equivalent to Hawaii in terms of distance from the equator. The islands range in size from little coral atolls to Rarotonga, which is mountainous. The 20-mile-long main island of Rarotonga has a single coastal road that encircle the entire island, making exploration quick and straightforward.
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