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88 years of service


Hawaiian Airlines have been an integral part of life in Hawaii for generations. Starting out with an original fleet consisting of just two 8-seater Sikorsky aircraft and a Bellanca monoplane in 1929; they’ve now grown to Hawaii’s largest and longest-serving airline.

And amazing the original Bellanca has been restored in Oregon and is flying with the airline today!

1929 – Amphibious S-38s


(All photography courtesy of Hawaiian AIrlines)

Not only do Hawaiian Airlines fly between all six islands, they offer non-stop service from Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Tahiti, Japan, Korea, China and North America to Hawaii by operating over 170 flights per day and carrying over 10  million guests per year!

Hawaiian Airlines Flight Map – Hawaiian Islands


We take a snapshot look at the airline’s milestones over the past 88 years:


1929 – First scheduled flight on 11th November

1935 – Fleet expanded to include a 16-passenger Sikorsky S-43s

1938 – 28,000 passengers carried

1941 – Rebranded to Hawaiian Airlines

1942 – Air Cargo Pioneer (Hawaiian Airlines holds U.S Cargo service certificate #1)

1943 – First stewardesses hired

1953 – First airline to have pressurized, air-conditioned cabin service

1960Commercial jet service from Los Angeles to Hawaii begins

1973 – Pualani (flower of the sky) and new unified livery introduced into branding

1979 – All-female crew made history!

1998 – HawaiianMiles Introduced

2009 – 80th Anniversary is celebrated


On top of these milestones, the airline currently holds awards for World’s Most Punctual Airline, Best Airline Staff – North America and Best Leisure Airline; and has been awarded over the years by the likes of Conde Nast Traveler, U.S. Department of Transportation, Global Traveler and Forbes.

Hawaiian Airlines are proud sponsors of Global 2017 and are looking forward to welcoming you on board!

Aloha x


Want to learn a little more about the history of Hawaiian Airlines? Check out the timeline here
View the airline’s 2016 highlights here

About the Author
Becca is an avid traveller, a trained copywriter and one of Australia’s leading video marketers. As a creative content producer she’s pumped to be engaging, entertaining and intriguing the FCTG nations with written and visual communications in the run up to Global.