With the arrival of its new A321neo fleet early next year, Hawaiian Airlines is expanding its U.S. West Coast presence via three new, non-stop daily routes: Portland to Maui; Oakland to Kaua‘i; and Los Angeles to Kona. “The introduction of A321neo service to the Western U.S. heralds the dawn of a new era for Hawaiian Airlines and its guests,” said Peter Ingram, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Hawaiian Airlines. “We look forward to announcing additional routes in the months and years ahead.”
Hawaiian’s inaugural A321neo flight between the U.S. West Coast and Hawai‘i is planned for January 8 as part of existing service between Oakland and Kahului, Maui. Service between Portland and Maui will launch on January 18. Daily service between Los Angeles and Kona on Hawai‘i Island will launch March 11 with wide-body aircraft before the A321neo is introduced in the summer of 2018. Eighteen new A321neo aircraft are scheduled to be added to the fleet between the fourth quarter of 2017 and 2020.
Hawaiian’s signature style flows throughout the A321neo’s three cabins, with textiles and materials that reflect traditional Island crafts, from kapa (bark cloth) to fishing nets, and even LED lighting mirroring Hawai‘i’s idyllic sunrises and sunsets. Among many other amenities, the new aircraft will feature wireless, streaming in-flight entertainment, which will allow guests to download an application on their personal electronic devices to enjoy a wide selection of complimentary and premium content. The A321neo uses the quietest and most fuel-efficient engines for this aircraft type, along with aerodynamic wingtips called Sharklets that significantly reduce carbon emissions.
When Raymond Yoshioka retired last June, he left the Hawaiian Airlines ‘ohana as our longest serving employee. “Yosh” was hired in December 1955 when the company had not yet entered the jet age, Hawai‘i was still a territory and Elvis Presley had just signed with RCA.
Over the next six decades at Hawaiian, Yosh worked as a Mechanic, Lead Mechanic, Inspector, Lead Inspector and Chief Inspector. He also mentored an entire generation of colleagues — many of whom are currently mentoring our next generation of young mechanics.
In 2015, Yosh won the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, which is a national industry award recognizing the lifetime accomplishments of senior aviation mechanics. In his nomination letter, Director of Line Maintenance Travis “Pono” Keene wrote that Yosh’s shift “covered the busiest time of day for our operation — Inter-Island B717 operations in full swing and ninety-five percent of wide-body operations turning through Honolulu within a five-hour window. But no matter how busy it got, he always kept his cool, stayed calm and addressed every issue with professionalism and poise. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with him, and learn from him.”
From the Archives
Hawaiian Airlines became an all-jet carrier in 1966. Our freighter fleet had been upgraded from the old DC-3s to newly converted, turbine-propelled Convair 660s. The Japanese-built Mitsubishi YS-11 (another turbo-prop transport) was being added to the fleet and, most significantly, the new DC-9s were arriving. Such a modern fleet of aircraft required an updated corporate identity.
Pilot, stewardess and customer service uniforms were modernized. And so was our logo: The iconic ‘i‘iwi bird had graced the noses of our aircraft since 1952. Our newer, faster fleet was branded with the sleeker “Jetbird” emblem. This red and white, falcon-like image with swept back wings and sharp edges flew through the Hawaiian skies on the noses of the new jets, carrying our inter-island passengers at speeds comparable to the current generation of jets.
The Jetbird flew between the Islands until 1973, when our livery was again upgraded, this time with the introduction of Pualani, the beautiful wahine who has graced our planes ever since. — Captain Rick Rogers
Many Happy Returns
Dancers with the Polynesian Cultural Center welcomed travelers at New York’s JFK International Airport Terminal 5 with lei and a surprise hula performance last June as Hawaiian Airlines marked five years of non-stop service between JFK and Honolulu. During that time we have hosted more than 400,000 guests on flights from the Big Apple.
“East Coast travelers have increasingly sought out the Hawai‘i hospitality we offer on our non-stop service to Honolulu,” said executive vice president and chief commercial officer Peter Ingram. “We look forward to continuing to provide our guests with the most convenient, comfortable and memorable flight experience between New York and our Hawaiian Islands.”