Hawaiian Airlines Overview
Founded as Inter-Island Airways in 1929, the carrier changed to its current name Hawaiian Airlines in 1941 when the airline added Douglas DC-3s to its fleet. The airline remained in its quiet corner of the world until 1985 when Hawaiian ventured outside the archipelago and began offering daily flights from Honolulu to Los Angeles. The new service put the airline in direct competition with other major carriers for the first time in its 56-year history. In the following year, Hawaiian branched out even further adding service to cities along the West Coast as well as in the international market with flights to Australia and New Zealand. However, in the early 1990’s, the airline faced financial troubles and filed for bankruptcy protection for the first time in 1993, a move the airline would have to repeat in 2003. In between those two filings, Hawaiian was propped up by American Airlines. Who leased the company jets and mandated the airline use its reservation system SABRE and frequent flier program AAdvantage. Following the second bankruptcy, the airline was forced to restructure and reduce operating costs. Today the airline is back on its feet and has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 14 years. Read More
System-wide, the Honolulu based airline, offers over 250 daily flights to the U.S. mainland, inter-island, and to six international destinations. Hawaiian Airlines has hub airports at Honolulu (HNL) and Kahului (OGG) and considers Lihue (LIH) and Kona (KOA) to be focus cities.
HawaiianMiles is the loyalty program for Hawaiian Airlines and is one of the few remaining airlines that operate a distance-based program for its frequent flyers. While not a member of any airline alliance, Hawaiian does have a network of travel partners that HawaiianMiles can be earned or redeemed with; including airlines like JetBlue, Virgin Australia, and Korean Air. Hawaiian Airlines also relies on a sizeable code-share agreement with major U.S. airlines such as United, Delta, American, and JetBlue, to provide seamless connections for customers traveling beyond their base network.
As of 2018, Hawaiian airline keeps a fleet of 53 airplanes split amongst various styles of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Each aircraft is given a unique name after a variety of local bird like Koa’e ‘Ula (Red-Tailed Tropicbird) or a celestial body used by Polynesian navigators Hokupaa (Polaris).
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