On March 7, 2010 Continental Airlines is launching new service between John Wayne Orange County Airport and Maui and will increase to a daily...

Continental Airlines is launching new service between John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA) and Maui on March 7, 2010.

In addition, the airline will increase to a daily flight its previously announced service between Orange County and Honolulu, also starting on March 7, 2010.

“We continue to see solid demand for travel to Hawaii,” says Jim Compton, Continental Airlines’ 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 SNA at 5:20 p.m. and arriving at Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG) at 8:05 p.m. The return flight will depart Maui at 11:10 p.m. and arrive at Orange County at 7:45 a.m. the next day, except on Saturdays when it will depart 40 minutes later.

Continental will use 124-seat Boeing 737-700s on the new route and plans to increase its SNA-OGG service to daily during the summer.

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

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, also beginning on March 7, 2010.

Continental says it serves more destinations in the Pacific than any other U.S. carrier. The carrier operates daily flights to Hawaii from Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Guam, and three-times-weekly flights between Hawaii and the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia.

From December 18, Continental will also operate twice-weekly service between Honolulu and Nadi, Fiji and between Guam and Nadi.