Sustainability Fact Sheet

Caring for Our Island Home & Global Environment

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In 2016, Hawaiian Airlines became the first carrier to operate a demonstration flight between Auckland and Honolulu showcasing best practices in operational performance that greatly reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions. Hawaiian’s Earth Day flight of 8 hours and 54 minutes saved 3,260 pounds of fuel, reducing carbon emissions by five metric tons, after adhering to seven environmental markers outlined by the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE), a group of worldwide aviation leaders dedicated to advancing environmental stewardship in the industry. The results equate to removing 154 cars from the road when annualized based on three weekly flights, according to EPA calculations (Hawaiian flies five times weekly between Honolulu and Auckland). Hawaiian also conducted an ASPIRE flight between Honolulu and Brisbane.  



Hawaiian is decreasing its reliance on jet fuel to power aircraft at the gate. The carrier’s initiative to connect parked aircraft to more efficient external electricity is significantly reducing pilots’ use of the onboard auxiliary power unit, or APU, which burns jet fuel to keep lights, avionics systems, air conditioning and other equipment on. The ongoing effort has the potential to reduce Hawaiian’s APU usage by an estimated 30 minutes per flight, saving some 620,000 gallons of fuel annually and cutting CO2 emissions by 5,933 metric tons. That’s roughly enough fuel to fly the airline’s wide-body fleet for a day, while the carbon reductions equate to removing 1,253 cars off the streets each year.


Travelers boarding a Hawaiian Airlines aircraft on flights to and from the Hawaiian Islands are also helping support an innovative research project to measure climate change and air quality worldwide. Hawaiian's partnership with the In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System (IAGOS) is the first of its kind for a U.S. carrier and gives scientists real-time access to pollution levels in vast expanses of the Pacific where air quality samples have been difficult to collect.


Hawaiian’s new fleet of A321neos blends unmatched fuel efficiency and comfort. Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engines and incorporating the latest in aerodynamics, the A321neo is the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft in its class, leading to 16 percent lower fuel burn and carbon emissions over previous generation aircraft.


In 2017, Hawaiian Airlines’ Team Kōkua Giving Program:

  • Supported 127 non-profit organizations.
  • Donated $75,000 to local Hawaii charities as part of its HawaiianMiles Charities.
  • Gave $100,000 from the HA Foundation fund to organizations specializing in culture, education and the environment.
  • Volunteered over 10,000 hours in the local community. 
  • Collected over $20,000 in cash donations to support non-profit organizations via employee fundraisers.



The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines, involved 200-plus crewmembers who have sailed Hōkūle‘a and its sister canoe Hikianalia using Polynesian wayfinding navigation as they engage communities with the goal of inspiring action to care for “Island” Earth. Hawaiian Airlines has provided more than 32 million air miles for crew and cargo throughout an expansive route network in addition to monetary contributions to the Polynesian Voyaging Society. 


As the official airline partner of Raw Elements USA, a certified-natural, chemical-free, reef-safe sun care company, Hawaiian is airing an educational in-flight video, Reefs at Risk, to educate guests on the impact of sunscreen on Hawai‘i’s coral reefs. Raw Elements’ “Eco Formula” sunscreen is also available at a discounted in-flight price. 


Hawaiian’s use of an innovative, eco-friendly engine washing technology earned the company the first-ever aviation based carbon credits in 2012 for reducing its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by nearly 22,000 metric tons over a six-year period. Hawaiian’s reduction of CO2 emissions using Pratt & Whitney’s patented EcoPower engine washing system has had the equivalent effect of taking 700 cars off the road annually.


In 2016, Hawaiian Airlines Foundation, the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance Foundation and Conservation International created the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress Hawaiʻi Climate Fund. The $50,000 fund was created to honor Hawaiʻiʻs role as host of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2016 and provided grants to Hawaiʻi-based non-profit organizations battling the effects of climate change.