Hawaiian Airlines has entered into a comprehensive new partnership agreement with Japan Airlines that will significantly enhance the experience for passengers traveling between Japan and Hawai‘i. The agreement, which was signed at a ceremony in Tokyo and is scheduled to take effect March 25, 2018, provides for extensive code sharing, lounge access and frequent flyer program reciprocity. “We are delighted to partner with Japan Airlines for our long-term future in Japan,” said Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Mark Dunkerley. “Our partnership will greatly increase travel choices for those in Japan looking to travel to Hawai‘i as well as for those in Hawai‘i traveling to Japan.”
Among other benefits, the new agreement will allow JAL guests unlimited access to Hawaiian’s neighbor island and Japan-Hawai‘i network, including non-stop flights between Sapporo and Honolulu. Meanwhile, Hawaiian Airlines’ guests will have full access to JAL’s domestic network, which includes Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sendai and Aomori. JAL Mileage Bank and HawaiianMiles members will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights, and guests will have access to both airlines’ lounges. Once Hawaiian has completed its planned relocation to Terminal 2 at Tokyo Narita Airport, guests of each airline will be able to seamlessly transfer between each carrier’s network.
“Hawaiian Airlines is well known among Japanese travelers for its warm hospitality and its excellent record for punctuality and safety,” said Japan Airlines President Yoshiharu Ueki. “We look forward to providing our passengers with additional options for travel to and throughout the Hawaiian Islands.”
Let It Roll
Kirk McBride came by his taste for aerobatics early on when, as a six-year-old, he commandeered his family’s Tri-Gear Champ aircraft. “My brother and I pulled back the joystick as hard as we could and got negative G’s! Then dad would push it back over and, as the airplane straightened out, we had a couple seconds of pure weightlessness,” recalls McBride. “That was awesome!”
Kirk’s father eventually sold the Champ, and Kirk ultimately went on to fly for Hawaiian Airlines. Last year, Captain McBride teamed up with Captain Bob Scott and Vice-President of Flight Operations Ken Rewick to buy an American Champion Citabria monoplane. He also teamed up with ‘Ohana by Hawaiian pilot Eric Sorensen to buy a Pitts Special S2A biplane.
It wasn’t long before Kirk was up and away. “I read a book about aerobatics flying and then I just did it. You start with the basic maneuvers, which is an upward loop and sideways roll. Most everything from that point is a variation of those moves, or multiple combinations of them.”
From the Archives
In May of 1970 Hawaiian Airlines adopted a new logo incorporating a stylized “H,” encompassed in a circle, along with a new corporate signature using both upper and lower case letters. This branding was intended to express the airline’s new, up-to-date and progressive character.
The advertising theme, “We Give You a Better Time,” may have inspired the stewardess uniform, introduced on October 22, 1971. This two-piece outfit consisted of a short-sleeve, knee-length dress and jacket of soft nylon, knit with Hawaiian’s own print design in turquoise greens and rich blues. Footwear options were white pumps, lace boots or sandals. A gilded carp pendant was worn as a symbol of strength and good luck. — Captain Rick Rogers
Many Happy Returns
Hawaiian Airlines has long been a title sponsor of the Na Wāhine o Ke Kai and Moloka‘i Hoe—the women’s and men’s versions of what are generally considered to be the world championships of long-distance, outrigger canoe racing. The forty-one mile course starts at Hale ‘O Lono Harbor on Moloka‘i, passes through the treacherous Kaiwi Channel and ends at Duke’s Beach in Waikīkī.
Each year the races draw participants from throughout the world. Fifty-nine crews finished the Na Wāhine o Ke Kai this year. Meanwhile, the Moloka‘i Hoe saw more than one hundred teams cross the finish line, including crews from as far away as Poland, Italy, Hong Kong and Japan.
This year’s Moloka‘i Hoe also included members of our airline ‘ohana. Mario Mausio, from our Base Maintenance department at Honolulu International Airport, joined his Hui Nalu crew in a fourth place finish, with a time of five hours and two minutes. (The winning team, Red Bull Va’a from Hawai‘i Island, finished in just over four hours and fifty minutes.) B717 First Officer Stewart Kawakami piloted his crew’s koa canoe to a solid finish, while Zachary Ingram—son of Hawaiian Airlines Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer Peter R. Ingram—and his team swept the Juniors Division.