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Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines

by Giuseppe TovarMarch 23, 2015

Hawaiian Airlines is an American airline with its head office in Honolulu. It operates domestic and international flights from its hub at the Honolulu international airport. As of 2009, it serves 19 destinations, 200 daily flights and employs 3,7801 people.

Founded on January 30, 1929 under the name of Inter-Island Airways Ltd. Its maiden flight took place on 11 November of the same year, at the John-Rodgers airport in Honolulu, with a destination of Maui and the Island of Hawaii, using two Sikorsky S-38 seaplanes, carrying 8 passengers each one. It took its current name in 1941 and introduced into its fleet the McDonnell Douglas DC-3. With the advent of jet aircraft in the 60’s, air transport to Hawaii experienced a tremendous boom. In 1966, the airline acquires its first McDonnell Douglas DC-9, thereby reducing the time of inter-island flights from 30 to 20 minutes. In 1984 with the McDonnell Douglas DC-8, it began to charter flights to Pago Pago and Nuku’alofa. The following year, in 1985, the airline purchased 5 Lockheed L-1011 for its commercial flights and charters. June 12, 1985 marked the inauguration of its daily flights between Hawaii and Los Angeles. In January of 1986, it enlarges its network and starts its flights to San Francisco and Seattle. In 1987, it continued its expansion to Tahiti and Rarotonga. In 1990, the American magazine Conde Nast Traveler classified the airline as one of the airlines the safest in the world. In 1993, the airline signed trade agreements with American Airlines and replaced its Lockheed L-1011 with McDonnell Douglas DC-102. In 2001, the airline began the renewal of its fleet by taking delivery of 13 new Boeing 717 and the following year, in 2003, it receives 14 new Boeing 7672. In 2009, it celebrated its 80th anniversary. On June 30, 2010, the airline announced that it would inaugurate the route: Honolulu – Seoul in January of 2011.

In 2001 the company began a comprehensive modernization of its fleet: between 2001 and 2003 they bought 13 new Boeing 717-200 for inter-island flights and 14 new Boeing 767-300ER for long-haul routes. The new aircraft replaced the obsolete DC-9 and DC-10. The purchase of four Boeing 767-300 was announced in May of 2006, with which it would increase the volume of transport between Hawaii and the US mainland. In May of 2010 the airline received in the framework of a further fleer order, its first new of a total of 16 Airbus A330-200, and some more of the Boeing 767s.

Hawaiian Airlines is the eleventh largest U.S. airline company and since November of 2003 it has been on the list of America’s most on-time airlines.

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  • Erik
    December 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I flew from Oakland to Maui on Sep 11. I arrived at the airport at 6, which was 2 hours before departure. Check-in was a breeze, with a friendly staff despite the early hour of the day. I checked in and documented a suitcase of 45 pounds, which cost an additional $25 ( which nowadays is pretty standard). I have flown on many Boeing 767s, and this was by far the quietest one ever. Flight Attendants were very friendly. Breakfast after takeoff and a complimentary rum punch before landing, are a very nice touch during the flight in the economy section. I can only think of two draw-backs: 1) their head-sets need a two pin connector and that the only way to hear your online video entertainment, which was also free. And (2) the cab is very cold, I was prepared and carried my coat, but several people around me were sneezing. But overall a very good experience, I will definitely fly Hawaiian Airlines again!

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