United Begins Nonstop Service - Los Angeles & San Francisco to Hilo, Hawai'i

Footage from the inaugural UA (operated by CO) flight from LAX-ITO (Hilo). UA has also begun nonstop service from SFO, although the flight to/from SFO only operates on Saturday.

These flights are operated by Continental, who will utilize a Boeing 737-800, holding 16 passengers in First Class, and 144 passengers in Economy.

Flight times are as follows:

Depart LAX on UA1564 @ 5:00pm, Arrive ITO @ 7:40pm

Depart ITO on UA1563 @ 8:55pm, Arrive LAX @ 5:15am (next day)

Depart SFO on UA20 @ 4:30pm, Arrive ITO @ 6:50pm

Depart ITA on UA1555 @ 9:20pm, Arrive SFO @ 5:20am (next day)

According to Billy Kenoi, "Hilo has demonstrated its value as a premier visitor destination with nearby Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and the annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival as featured attractions, and we believe that once visitors discover Hilo, they will want to return again and again," said County of Hawai'i Mayor Billy Kenoi. "I am grateful for Continental's confidence in our future as a visitor destination, and I know these direct flights will become a win-win for both Continental and Hawai'i Island. Aloha and mahalo to Continental Airlines for being an industry leader and making this happen."