Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines

Infobox Airline
airline = Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.

logo_size = 250
fleet_size = 29
destinations = 19
callsign = HAWAIIAN
parent = Hawaiian Holdings Inc.
company_slogan = Only One Airline Is Hawaiian
founded = 1929 (as Inter-Island Airways)
headquarters = Honolulu, Hawaii
key_people = Mark Dunkerley (President & CEO)
hubs = Honolulu International Airport
secondary_hubs =
focus_cities = Kahului Airport
frequent_flyer = [http://www.hawaiianair.com/HawaiianMiles/Pages/Index.aspx HawaiianMiles] | lounge = [http://www.hawaiianair.com/HawaiianMiles/Pages/FreqFlyersPremierClub.aspx Premier Club]
alliance =
subsidiaries =
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 and is commonly referred to by the acronym "HAL". Hawaiian Airlines operates its main hub at Honolulu International Airport in Honolulu, Hawai'i, and also operates a secondary hub out of Kahului Airport on the island of Maui.

Hawaiian Airlines is owned by Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (nasdaq|HA) Mr. Mark Dunkerley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.cite web | url=http://www.hawaiianair.com/Aboutus/Pages/factsheet.aspx | title=Corporate Information and Fact Sheet | publisher=Hawaiian Airlines | accessdate=2007-06-01]


Inter-Island Airways, the forerunner of the airline which is now known as Hawaiian Airlines, was incorporated on 30 January 1929. Inter-Island Airways, a subsidiary of Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company, began operations on 11 November 1929 with a Sikorsky S-38 with a flight from Honolulu to Hilo, with intermediary stops at Molokai and Maui.cite news | title= Directory: World Airlines | work= Flight International | page= 90 | date= 2007-04-03] 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 they added Lockheed L-1011 aircraft to their 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-8's were retired in 1993 and when the L-1011's were replaced in favor of the 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. [cite web | url=http://www.hawaiianair.com/about/corporate/history.asp | title=History of Hawaiian Airlines | publisher=Hawaiian Airlines | accessdate=2007-02-28] 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 (the last member of that same family).

Hawaiian Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 21, 2003 with operations still continuing, and is overdue for $4.5 million USD worth of payments to the pilots' pension plan. Within the company, it has been 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 others have not been around for more 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. [cite news|title=Hawaiian Airlines continues on-time streak|work=Pacific Business News|url=http://pacific.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2006/05/29/daily23.html|accessdate=2006-06-03|date=2006-06-01|last=Kelly|first=Jim] [cite news|title=Aloha ranks first in on-time arrivals|work=Pacific Business News|url=http://pacific.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2007/01/01/daily14.html|date=2007-01-03|accessdate=2007-01-03] 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", [cite news|title=Magazine gives Hawaiian Airlines top rank|date=2006-06-19|accessdate=2006-06-20|work=Pacific Business News|url=http://pacific.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2006/06/19/daily11.html] Zagat, and "Condé Nast Traveler". [cite news|url=http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2006/11/13/daily8.html|date=2006-11-13|accessdate=2006-11-13|work=Pacific Business News|title=Hawaiian wins travel magazine honors]

On May 4, 2006, Hawaiian Airlines announced expanded service between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii in anticipation of the induction of the additional 4 767-300 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 to Hawaiian's Boeing 767 fleet of 18 aircraft. The contract is to last for five years and the first 767 is expected to arrive in Auckland International Airport in mid-August. Air New Zealand stated that this opportunity will also give a chance for them to build their expertise working on 767s.

On August 27, 2007, Hawaiian Airlines 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.cite press release | url=http://investor.hawaiianairlines.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=82818&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1045226&highlight= | title=Hawaiian Airlines To Launch Manila Flights | publisher=Hawaiian Airlines | date=2007-08-27 | accessdate=2007-08-28] [cite news| url=http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Aug/27/br/br0743291568.html | title=Hawaiian Air launches service to Manila in March | date=2007-08-27 | accessdate=2007-08-28 | work=The Honolulu Advertiser] In response to the closure of ATA Airlines and Aloha Airlines, Hawaiian Air announced new flights to Oakland beginning on May 1, 2008. [cite news | url=http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2008/03/31/daily57.html | title=Hawaiian to start Honolulu-Oakland flight | work=Pacific Business News | date=2008-04-03 | accessdate=2008-04-12]

In August of 2007 the Seattle Seahawks announced that they would be flying on Hawaiian Airlines for the upcoming NFL seasons. This marks the second team that Hawaiian Airlines will be flying. The Oakland Raiders of the NFL have also been flying Hawaiian Airlines for the past 9 seasons. The two teams fly on Hawaiians 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.



The Hawaiian Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of September 2008: [ [http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Hawaiian%20Airlines.htm Hawaiian Airlines Fleet Detail] ]

Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Blue frequent flyer miles can be earned for transpacific Hawaiian Airlines flights. Air miles with the remaining airlines are offered only for inter-island Hawaiian Airlines flights.

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. [cite news | url=http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2008/05/19/daily19.html | title=Hawaiian Holdings will trade on Nasdaq | work=Pacific Business News | date=2008-05-20 | accessdate=2008-05-20] 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. [cite news | title=Russell 3000 adds Hawaiian Holdings | url=http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2008/06/30/daily7.html | work=Pacific Business News | date=2008-06-30 | accessdate=2008-06-30]


External links

* [http://www.hawaiianairlines.com/ Hawaiian Airlines official website]
* [http://www.hanahou.com Hana Hou inflight magazine]

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