Saturday, 30 January 2021

Happy Birthday Hawaiian Air

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES A330-243 N378HA (CN 1615)  

Hawaiian Airlines, formerly known as Inter-Island Airways, was founded on the 30th January 1929. Inter-Island Airways, a subsidiary of Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company, began operations later that year on the 6th October 1929, with a Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker, (a six-seat utility aircraft) providing short sightseeing flights over Oʽahu. Scheduled service began a month later on the 11th November using Sikorsky S-38s with a flight from Honolulu to Hilo, via intermediary stops on Moloka'i and Maui. On the 1st October 1941, the name was changed to from Inter-Island Airways to Hawaiian Airlines when the company phased out the older Sikorsky S-38 and Sikorsky S-43 flying boats. The first Douglas DC-3s were added to the fleet in August 1941. Modern pressurised equipment was introduced from 1952 in the form of the Convair 340. Further Convair 440s were added in 1959-60, most of the Conair's being converted to turbine propeller power in 1965-67. The last were sold in 1974. Hawaiian Airlines started to offer jet service in 1966 with the acquisition of Douglas DC-9-10 aircraft, which cut travel times in half on most of its routes. 
In October 1929, a Bellanca monoplane offered sightseeing service for $5 per person (the original Bellanca has been restored in Oregon and is flying with them today). Their fleet consisted of two, 8-passenger Sikorsky S‑38 amphibian airplanes and the original Bellanca monoplane. In 1935 they added a 16-passenger Sikorsky S‑43s. in 1941 three new 24-passenger DC‑3s were flown in formation form Oakland, CA, to Honolulu in 13 hours and 54 minutes—then the longest over-water flight made by a DC‑3 at the time. In 1950 the National Safety Council presented Hawaiian Airlines with a 20-year award, the first airline in history to win this award. 1952 saw first pressurized, air-conditioned cabin service with 44-passenger Convair 340s, costing $520,000 each. 1973 saw the Pualani (flower of the sky) and new unified livery introduced, then in 2001 the Pualani logo and aircraft livery were updated for introduction of new fleet and is current today. 
Hawaiian Airlines is the flag carrier for Hawaii. It is the largest airline on the island of Honolulu and is the 10th largest commercial airline in the USA. The airline operates its main hub at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on the island of Oahu and a secondary hub out of Kahului Airport on the island of Maui. Hawaiian Airlines operates flights to Asia, American Samoa, Australia, Hawaii, New Zealand, and the United States mainland. Hawaiian Airlines is owned by Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. of which Peter R. Ingram is the current President and Chief Executive Officer
Hawaiian is the oldest US carrier that has never had a fatal accident or a hull loss throughout its history, and frequently tops the on-time carrier list in the United States, as well as the fewest cancellations.
As of November 2020, the Hawaiian Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft: 

AircraftIn service Orders PassengersNotes
Airbus A321neo1816 44 129 189
Airbus A330-200 2418 68 192 278
Boeing 717-200198— 120 128
Boeing 787-910
Deliveries start in 2021
Options for 10 additional aircraft. 
The company slogan is Come Voyage with us - Hawaii starts here 

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