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Today, we bid a fond aloha to the last of our Boeing 767-300ER – the aircraft that propelled Hawaiian Airlines to far-reaching destinations, empowering us to share our authentic hospitality with millions of guests from around the world. The widebody twin-engine jet joined our fleet in 2001, replacing our DC-10s by heralding a new era of aviation engineering at the start of the 21st century.
‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i Goes International
We couldn’t think of a better way to close the year than to make history with ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i, the mother tongue of the Hawaiian Islands. On Dec. 21, in conjunction with the second anniversary of our service between Haneda Airport (HND) and Kona International Airport (KOA), our flight and guest services crew hosted the first international Hawaiian language flight.
Our passion for Hawai‘i is expressed in many shapes and forms, from the authentic Hawaiian hospitality we share with our guests, to the support we provide local artists in bringing their creative vision to life. Our ‘ohana’s most recent celebration of the Islands took place in San Jose, where our second large-scale, commissioned mural made its debut in the Bay area.
Wāhine Carrying the Torch at Hawaiian Airlines
It’s the dawn of a new day, and we’re seeing more wāhine (women) than ever taking on some of the most challenging roles in the aviation industry. At Hawaiian Airlines, we were in the forefront of women in aviation with the first all-women crew flying in 1979, and we still encourage our fellow wāhine to reach high.
This month in Hawaiian Airlines’ history: we became one of the first commercial carriers in the world to install blended winglets on the Boeing 767. In October 2009, Aircraft 587 was flown to the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington, where it underwent a month-long surgery to install 11-foot attachments to the ends of its aluminum wings.
Our Step-by-Step Guide to Launching a New Route
If you could launch a route from Hawai‘i to anywhere in the world, where would you go? The answer isn’t always as effortless as the one in your imagination. In the real world, the decision takes years to come to fruition, with lots of research, coordination and patience required.
How Hawaiian Airlines Manages a Storm
What happens behind-the-scenes when weather models indicate a significant storm is headed toward our shores, or the destinations Hawaiian serves? In the case of Hurricane Lane, which reached Category 5 strength before dissipating into a tropical storm in August, our teams in the Hawaiian Airlines Systems Operations Control Center (SOCC) worked around the clock to ensure the safety of our guests flying to, from and within the Hawaiian Islands.
Look up at O‘ahu’s blue skies and you might just be lucky enough to spot our maroon, single-engine Bellanca, the iconic aircraft that started it all for Hawaiian Airlines. This week in history, we’re celebrating the aircraft to which we trace our long-time legacy as Hawai‘i’s hometown carrier.