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Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.
Founded 1929 (as Inter-Island Airways)
Hubs Honolulu, Hawaii
Focus cities Kahului, Hawaii
Frequent flyer program HawaiianMiles
Member lounge Premier Club
Fleet size 33 (+15 Orders)
Destinations 19
Company slogan Wings Of The Islands
Parent company Hawaiian Holdings Inc.
Headquarters Honolulu, Hawaii
Key people Mark Dunkerley (President & CEO)
Website http://www.hawaiianair.com

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is the 11th largest commercial airline in the United States. It is the largest airline based in the State of Hawai'i. Hawaiian Airlines, based in Honolulu CDP, City and County of Honolulu,[1][2] operates its main hub at Honolulu International Airport and also operates a secondary hub out of Kahului Airport on the island of Maui.

Hawaiian Airlines is owned by Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQHA) Mark Dunkerley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Holdings.[3]



Inter-Island Airways, the forerunner of the airline which is now known as Hawaiian Airlines, was incorporated on January 30, 1929. Inter-Island Airways, a subsidiary of Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company, began operations on October 6, 1929 with a Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker, providing short sightseeing flights over Oʽahu.[4][5] Scheduled service began a month later on November 11 using Sikorsky S-38s with a flight from Honolulu to Hilo, via intermediary stops on Molokai and Maui.[6].

On October 1, 1941, the name was changed to Hawaiian Airlines[7] when the company phased out the older Sikorsky S-38 and Sikorsky S-43 flying boats. In 1966 jet travel started with the acquisition of Douglas DC-9 aircraft, which cut travel times in half on most of the routes. In 1984 the company began to operate charter services to the South Pacific using Douglas DC-8 aircraft, and soon added Lockheed L-1011 aircraft to the fleet for West Coast services. As the west coast market grew, the South Pacific market shrunk, and service was reduced when the company's DC-8s were retired in 1993; and when the L-1011s were replaced by the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 in 1994.

The DC-10s were obtained from American Airlines, who continued to provide maintenance on the aircraft. An agreement with American also included converting to American's SABRE reservation system and participation in American Airlines' AAdvantage frequent flyer program. The DC-10s were retired between 2002 and 2003.[8] The company replaced these leased DC-10s with 14 leased Boeing 767 aircraft during the fleet modernization, and replaced the DC-9s with Boeing 717 aircraft.

Hawaiian's original 1975 Pualani logo, designed by Landor Associates and introduced on the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-50.[9]

Hawaiian Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 21, 2003 with operations still continuing, and at the time was overdue for $4.5 million USD worth of payments to the pilots' pension plan. Within the company, it was suggested that the plan be terminated. As of May 2005, Hawaiian Airlines had received court approval of its reorganization plan. The company emerged from bankruptcy protection on June 2, 2005, with reduced operating costs through renegotiated contracts with its union work groups; restructured aircraft leases; and investment from RC Aviation, a unit of San Diego-based Ranch Capital, which bought a majority share in parent company Hawaiian Holdings Inc in 2004.

Hawaiian has never had a fatal accident in its entire history and is the oldest US carrier with such a distinction (the other airlines in this group have have been in business less than 40 years). Hawaiian Airlines was the number one on-time carrier in the United States from November 2003 until November 2006, when rival Aloha Airlines took the number one spot, pushing Hawaiian to a close second.[10][11] The airline has also frequently been number one in fewest cancellations, baggage handling, and fewest oversales. Hawaiian Airlines has been rated the best carrier serving Hawaii by Travel + Leisure,[12] Zagat, and Condé Nast Traveler.[13]

A Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 717-200 loading passengers at Kona International Airport for an inter-island flight
This Hawaiian Boeing 767-300 wears the Oakland Raiders logo on its forward fuselage

On May 4, 2006 Hawaiian Airlines announced expanded service between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii in anticipation of the induction of four additional Boeing 767-300 aircraft, primarily focused on expanding non-stop service to Kahului Airport from San Diego, Seattle, and Portland. Additional flights have also been added between Honolulu and the cities of Sacramento, Seattle and Los Angeles.

On July 24, 2007 Hawaiian Airlines and Air New Zealand signed a $45 million contract for Air New Zealand to perform heavy maintenance on Hawaiian's Boeing 767 aircraft. The contract is to last for five years. Air New Zealand stated that this opportunity will also give a chance for them to build their expertise working on 767s.[14]

On August 27, 2007 the airline announced plans to launch flights to Manila in the Philippines. Hawaiian Airlines said it will begin nonstop service to the Philippines in March 2008, in the first major international expansion since it emerged from bankruptcy protection in June 2005.[15][16] In response to the closure of ATA Airlines and Aloha Airlines, the airline announced new flights to Oakland beginning on 1 May 2008.[17]

In August 2007 the Seattle Seahawks announced that they would be flying on Hawaiian Airlines for the upcoming National Football League seasons. This marks the second team that Hawaiian Airlines will be flying. The Oakland Raiders of the NFL have also been flying Hawaiian Airlines since the 1990s. The two teams fly on Hawaiian's Boeing 767s to and from all their games. Two of Hawaiian's Boeing 767 aircraft have been fitted with decals of logos from the Seahawks and the Raiders. At the beginning of the 2009 NFL season, Delta Air Lines replaced Hawaiian as the operator of the Seahawks charter flights.

On February 16, 2010, Hawaiian Airlines announced that they will seek approval from the US Department of Transportation to begin nonstop flights from its hub at Honolulu to Tokyo-Haneda sometime in 2010. The airline is one of the 5 US carriers (the others being Delta, Continental, United, and American) seeking approval to serve Haneda as part of the U.S.-Japan OpenSkies agreement.[18]


Hawaiian Airlines serves destinations in several Asia-Pacific countries and territories.


The Hawaiian Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of March 2010:[3]

Hawaiian Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Options Passengers
Routes Notes
Airbus A330-200 10 (3 aircraft on lease) 5 305 (2-class) Los Angeles,[19] Las Vegas Entry into service: June 2010 [20]
Deliveries: 2010-2014
Panasonic Avionics Corporation eX2
in-seat AVOD system to be installed on aircraft
Airbus A350-800 6 6 322 (2-class) Entry into service: 2017
Deliveries: 2017-2020
Boeing 717-200 15[21] 123 (8/115)
118 (8/110)
Inter-island flights
Boeing 767-300 4[22] 252 (18/234)
259 (18/241)
Transpacific and
South Pacific flights
Boeing 767-300ER 14 252 (18/234)
259 (18/241)
Transpacific and
South Pacific flights
Total 33 15 12

As of September 2008, Hawaiian Airlines has an average fleet age of 10.2 years.[23]


Throughout its history, Hawaiian Airlines has operated a diverse range of aircraft including the following aircraft:[9][24]

Hawaiian Airlines Retired Fleet
Aircraft Total Year acquired Year retired Notes
Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker 1 1929 1933 Re-acquired in 2009 and restored to 1929 condition [4][5]
Sikorsky S-38 4 1929 1942 1 converted to an air freighter and used during World War II
Sikorsky S-43 4 1935 1946 2 converted to air freighters and used during World War II
Douglas DC-3 13 1941 1966
Beechcraft 18 1 1947 (?) Used for charter flights and pilot training
Convair CV-340 13 1953 1973 All aircraft originally delivered as CV-340s
Later upgraded to CV-440 and CV-640 standards
Douglas DC-6 4 1958 1969(?)
Vickers Viscount 2 1963 1964
NAMC YS-11 3 1966 1967
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-10 5 1966 1971
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 12 1968 (?)
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-50 22 1975 2001
Shorts 330 3 1978 1980
McDonnell Douglas MD-81 5 1981 1990
de Havilland Canada Dash 7 6 1981 1994
Douglas DC-8 3 1983 1993 2 DC-8-62 models, 1 DC-8-63
Lockheed L-1011 5 1985 1994
McDonnell Douglas DC-10 14 1994 2003[25]

Long haul fleet renewal

On November 27, 2007, Hawaiian Airlines signed a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Airbus for 24 long-range jets priced at $4.4 billion. The order includes six Airbus A330-200s with a further six purchase rights; and six Airbus A350-800s with a further six purchase rights. Deliveries for the A330s begin in 2012 while the first A350 will be delivered in 2017.[26] Mark Dunkerley, President and CEO of the airline has stated that the addition of the A330 aircraft will finally make nonstop flights to the U.S. East Coast economically feasible, as the current Boeing 767s face weight penalties during parts of the year.

These new Airbus A330s will be equipped with Panasonic Avionics Corporation's new eX2 in-seat audio/video-on-demand in-flight entertainment system.[27]

On October 27, 2008, Hawaiian announced that prior to the arrival of its new A330s, it would lease two additional Airbus A330-200 aircraft from AWAS beginning in 2011, at the same time extending the leases of two Boeing 767-300ER aircraft from AWAS to 2011 (to be withdrawn from service coincident with the delivery of the A330s).[28] Two weeks later, the airline announced the lease of an additional A330-200 from CIT Aerospace for delivery in 2010 and that one of the A330s coming from AWAS would also be delivered in 2010.[29] On March 9, 2010, the airline announced that it had converted one of its purchase rights into an order scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2011.[30]

Fleet adjustments in light of Aloha Airlines and ATA shutdowns

Shortly after the Aloha Airlines shutdown, Hawaiian used one of its Boeing 767-300ER wide-body aircraft (normally used for trans-pacific flights), for several inter-island flights (which Hawaiian normally uses its narrow-body Boeing 717) due to the large number of stranded Aloha passengers needing flights to the other Hawaiian islands.

On April 30, 2008, Hawaiian's President and CEO commented during a quarterly conference call that Hawaiian Airlines was in talks to acquire additional aircraft to meet demand due to the shutdown of Aloha Airlines' passenger operations and the closing of ATA Airlines. No firm agreements had been signed, but two options were given for the inter-island fleet: Leasing additional 717s from existing lessors or leasing McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft on short-term leases. If the MD-80 had been chosen, it would have been the second time Hawaiian Airlines used that aircraft in its history. Hawaiian previously flew a small number of MD-80 aircraft during the 1980s. Also mentioned was a letter of intent for the acquisition of an additional Boeing 767-300ER to join the fleet. [31]

On June 4, 2008, the airline announced that it had agreed to lease an additional four 717s from Boeing Capital, with deliveries between September and the end of 2008.[32]



HawaiianMiles is Hawaiian Airlines' frequent flyer program. Miles accumulated in the program allow members to redeem tickets, upgrade service class, or obtain free or discounted car rentals, hotel stays, merchandise, or other products and services through partners. The most active members, based on the amount and price of travel booked, are designated Pualani Gold and Pualani Platinum, with privileges such as separate check-in, priority upgrade and standby processing, or complimentary upgrades.

Some customers have earned Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Blue frequent flyer miles for transpacific Hawaiian Airlines flights. Other customers have been told that transpacific Hawaiian Airlines flights can only credit "HawaiianMiles" accounts.

Air miles with the remaining airlines are offered only for inter-island Hawaiian Airlines flights:

HawaiianMiles Airline Partnerships
Airline Program Earn partner miles
for Hawaiian flights
Earn HawaiianMiles
for partner flights
American Airlines AAdvantage Yes No
Continental Airlines OnePass Yes Yes
Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Yes Yes
Island Air Cloud 9 No Yes
United Airlines Mileage Plus Yes No
US Airways Dividend Miles Yes No
Virgin Atlantic Airways Flying Club Yes Yes
Virgin Blue Velocity Rewards Yes No

Hawaiian Airlines stock

Hawaiian Airlines trades under parent company Hawaiian Holdings under the NASDAQ Global Market stock symbol HA. Previously listed on the American Stock Exchange, the company moved to NASDAQ on June 2, 2008.[33] Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. is a holding company whose primary asset is the sole ownership of all issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. On June 30, 2008, the company announced that it had been added to the Russell 3000 Index.[34]

Inflight services

Hawaiian provides complimentary and paid beverage service on all of its flights. Meals are not provided on interisland flights due to their short length (30-40 minutes). On its U.S. mainland and international flights, Hawaiian is the first airline to offer free meals in coach made with no preservatives, all-natural ingredients and packaged with recyclable materials; each meal includes a dessert. Passengers in coach can also opt to pay for a premium meal, which consists of a variety of high end Asian cuisine, among others.[35]

In March 2007, Hawaiian introduced a "tasting menu" for its first class passengers on its U.S. mainland and international flights. The menu consists of twenty entrees set on a rotation, with five available on any given flight. Passengers are provided information on the available entrees for their flight when they board, or shortly after takeoff, and may choose up to three entrees as part of their inflight meal.[36]

Accidents and incidents


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