Encompassing more than 280,000 square feet, the Charles I. Elliott Maintenance and Cargo Facility houses more than 1,100 Hawaiian Airlines employees in Airport Operations, Maintenance, Supply, Cargo, Training and Safety and Security. In keeping with initiatives underway throughout the airline, the new facility also incorporates sustainable practices meant to preserve and protect our island environment.
Among other innovations, we’ve installed LED lighting on the hangar floor, which improves light levels by eighty percent while using forty percent less electricity. The lights also have a lifespan of more than 100,000 operating hours, which means fewer spent bulbs entering the waste stream over time. To address hot water needs while further reducing electrical consumption, we use propane water heaters to complement a solar water heating system. The facility also has two state-of-the-art Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) air compressors to power aircraft maintenance tools and equipment. These units consume thirty-five percent less electricity than conventional units. Finally, our air conditioning system incorporates digital controls and centrifugal turbine compressors to cool work spaces at a reduced energy cost.
According to hangar manager Jimmy Pastor, the ultimate goal is to have the facility Energy Star certified. “Efficient use of our finite energy sources and preserving the natural beauty of our home for future generations is in everyone’s best interest,” says Pastor. “We are eager to contribute to this ideal.”
Speaking our Language
While English has become the international language of aviation, airlines headquartered in parts of the world where it isn’t the “mother tongue” tailor their public announcements to the local languages. To commemorate and encourage our host culture, Hawaiian Airlines recently operated a flight to Las Vegas staffed by flight attendants who spoke ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language) in addition to English. Every aspect of this flight — from crew briefing to public announcements to onboard interactions with guests and each other — was conducted using the Hawaiian language.
Among the guests on HA18 that day was Dr. Larry Kimura, a Hawaiian language expert who is widely recognized for his work in revitalizing ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i. Our crew surprised and honored Dr. Kimura by presenting him with lei and performing a song that he had composed. “This was a huge day for us,” said Director of Community Relations Debbie Nakanelua-Richards. “We bear the name Hawaiian Airlines, and we understand that we have this responsibility, not necessarily to speak the language or do the hula, but in everything that we do, to have a Hawaiian approach to it.”
From the Archives
On November 25, 1966, Hawaiian Airlines became the first U.S. carrier to operate an Asia-built transport aircraft. That year’s annual report explained that, “Pending the arrival of our first ‘stretched-jet,’ we have leased three YS-11 turboprop aircraft manufactured by the Nihon Aeroplane Manufacturing Company of Japan. The quality and mechanical reliability of these airplanes have proven excellent and they will enable us to provide the lift requirements during the summer of 1967 [while] awaiting the arrival of our DC-9 model 30s.”
“Flight crews are impressed with the YS-11’s cockpit arrangements, advanced instrumentation, exterior visibility and quiet flying,” reported the Jetbird News, Hawaiian’s internal newsletter. “The airplanes’ large wing area and long propellers make it ideally suited to short field operations in the islands.”
Those three red, white and silver YS-11s served the airline well over the next two years, before being returned to Japan in October of 1968. —Captain Rick Rogers
Hawaiian Airlines launched daily non-stop service between Long Beach, California and Honolulu on June 1st using the new, fuel-efficient Airbus A321neo — the single-aisle, mid-range cousin of our Airbus A330 wide-body, long-haul aircraft. Our ‘ohana kicked off the new service in true Island fashion at Long Beach Airport with a surprise, gate-side pā‘ina (party or gathering) that included a Hawaiian blessing, refreshments, live music and hula. Prior to boarding, guests received an orchid lei and a goodie bag filled with gifts from OluKai, Raw Elements USA and Hawaiian Airlines. A party was also held before the inaugural flight to Long Beach from Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Additional A321neo routes between the West Coast and the Hawaiian Islands will be announced as we add eighteen of the new aircraft to our fleet through 2020.