On December 24, the midday American Airlines Los Angeles – Honolulu flight cancelled. Christmas in paradise was at risk for its passengers.
So American Airlines decided to add a stop to its Los Angles – Maui flight 1859 to drop off passengers in Honolulu enroute to Maui’s Kahului Airport.
According to the airline, “American Airlines Flight 1859 from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Kahului Airport (OGG) has a planned diversion to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) to accommodate customers from another flight.”
This was a Christmas miracle for the Honolulu-bound passengers, whose trip was rescued albeit with a late arrival – and an inconvenience for Maui passengers. Instead of arriving on Maui at 9:30 p.m., they landed an hour and a half late around 11 p.m. That means after going through Covid-19 formalities at the airport and making it to a hotel or home rental, passengers finally hit their beds well after midnight – early Christmas morning.
The extra flying time wouldn’t have been comfortable either, on board aircraft N418AN, an Airbus A321neo. It’s a domestic plane in American’s new dense configuration, with less padded seats. Once everyone was in Hawaii, though, how they got there no doubt seemed less important.
If I were a Maui-bound passenger on American flight 1859, I’d like to think I’d show holiday goodwill towards my fellow passengers getting off before me in Honolulu. Would you?