Photos by Heather Lemmon.

Local dignitaries joined Hawaiian Airlines this morning in celebrating its inaugural flight from Long Beach Airport to Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye Airport, part of its new daily nonstop service between the two cities.

Hula performances entertained both travelers and local airline and city officials who were on hand to celebrate the new flight service. The airline also offered leis and gift bags to guests departing Long Beach.

Flights to Honolulu from Long Beach Airport Coming this Summer

The airline had announced in January that it would begin offering flights once a day for travelers whose destinations may also be international markets like Asia and Australia, airport officials previously said. The daily flights from LGB to Honolulu will depart at 8:30AM and arrive at 11:40AM, with the return flight taking place at 12:30PM and arriving at Long Beach at 9:00PM.

The 189-passenger A321neo plane features 16 first class luxury leather recliners, 44 “extra comfort” economy seats and 129 economy seats. Travelers will also receive complimentary meals, wireless streaming in-flight entertainment, access to USB outlets and additional overhead stowage space.

Long Beach is the airline’s 12th U.S. city offering travelers access to the Hawaiian Islands.

The airline is currently offering a promotional one-way fare of $229 for LGB-HNL flights for travel from Aug. 27 through Nov. 14 when booked between June 1-14.

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.