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Hawaiian to acquire three ATR 72 freighters to operate under the ‘Ohana by Hawaiian brand

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., parent of Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu), today announced plans to acquire three ATR 72 turboprop aircraft in an all-cargo configuration to expand its interisland shipping services.  The new operation will launch in the first half of 2016, starting with flights between Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and Kona International Airport (KOA), Kahului Airport (OGG), Līhuʻe Airport (LIH) and Hilo International Airport (ITO), with well-timed connections from Hawaiian Airlines’ mainland and international network.

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The ATR 72 fleet can carry up to 18,000 pounds of cargo and will be able to handle five 88-by-108-feet aircraft pallets or up to seven LD3 containers, skidded cargo and oversized shipments. Express services for smaller shipments will also be available on its 160 daily B717 flights throughout the day.

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The flights will be branded ‘Ohana by Hawaiian and operated by Empire Airlines, which also operates the 48-passenger ATR 42 turboprop service (above). The livery of the aircraft will feature the same kapa tail patterns created by Hilo-based artist Sig Zane and his son Kūha’o (below).

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“Since launching the ‘Ohana by Hawaiian passenger operation in March 2014, we have established a track record of providing a reliable and efficient service for travel within the islands with an on-time arrival rate of 94 percent,” said Hadden Watt, managing director of ‘Ohana by Hawaiian. “We expect to deliver the same reliability and high-quality of service to our cargo customers for their interisland shipments.”

The new cargo operation will create more than 100 new Hawai’i-based jobs in various areas of air transportation including pilots, mechanics, ground handlers, sales, customer service and management positions.

Hawaiian Airlines was the first U.S. airline certified to ship cargo in 1942, and has provided high-quality overseas shipping and customer service to international customers, freight forwarders, carriers and many others in the industry for more than 70 years as the flagship carrier of the Pacific.

Top Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/AirlinersGallery.com. Operated by Empire Airlines, ‘Ohana by Hawaiian-branded ATR 42-500 N804HC (msn 623) taxies at the Honolulu base.

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New Gen Airways takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 in a revised livery

New Gen Airways (Sabaidee Airways dba) (Bangkok-Don Mueang) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-800, leased from ILFC. The pictured ex-Air Jamaica/Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-8Q8 is currently registered as N645AR (msn 30645, ex 9Y-JMA) and will become HS-NGG. The new jetliner, painted in an updated livery for the new airline, passed through Honolulu on delivery.

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The new Thai airline started passenger operations in January 2014 with older Boeing 737-400s. The carrier currently has four Boeing 737-400s.

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In other news, the airline announced a new scheduled route from Krabi International Airport to Nanchang, China. The new route was started on July 15. Previously New Gen operated charters on this route.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by New Gen Airways). N645AR is seen on the ramp at Honolulu. The new airliner is named “Juthathib”.

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Lucky Air takes delivery of the first Boeing 737-800 in the new livery, opens the Kunming-Phuket route

Lucky Air (Kunming, Yunnan, China) on July 14 took delivery of the first Boeing 737-800 painted in the new 2015 livery.

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In other news, Lucky Air today (July 16) inaugurated the Kunming-Phuket route.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 737-84P B-6015 (msn 41809) passed through Honolulu on its long delivery route.

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China Eastern to acquire 50 Boeing 737-800s

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has issued this statement concerning China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) intent to finalize a deal for 50 Boeing 737-800s:

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Boeing is delighted with China Eastern Airlines’ decision to purchase 50 Next-Generation 737-800s as stated in their public disclosure to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

The airplanes will be operated by China United Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the China Eastern Airlines, and other branches and subsidiaries of the carrier.

The order will be posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.

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Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group/AirlinersGallery.com. China Eastern’s Boeing 737-89P B-5689 (msn 41512) passed through Honolulu on delivery painted in the new 2014 livery.

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Island Air to end all service to Kauai (Lihue)

Island Air (Honolulu) on June 1 will discontinue service to Kauai (LIH) and slightly adjust service between Honolulu and Maui (OGG) from eight round-trip flights a day to seven round-trips (Monday-Friday) and ten round-trip flights on weekends.

In addition, two of the Honolulu-Maui flights will continue on to Lanai (LNY) after picking up additional passengers in Maui, replacing five nonstop round-trips per day from Honolulu.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-American Eagle/Executive Airlines ATR 72-210 N342AT (msn 345) prepares for its next flight at the Honolulu base.

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Is Skymark Airlines close to accepting ANA Holdings’ offer?

Skymark Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) is reportedly close to accepting financial sponsorship from ANA Holdings, the holding company of ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) according to this report by our partner ZipanguFlyer. The bankrupt company received bids from over 20 companies. ANA would co-sponsor the embattled carrier with investment fund Integral Corporation according to this report. An official announcement is expected next week.

Will Skymark be able to retain its independent brand or become part of the ANA feeder network?

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Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/AirlinersGallery.com. Under ANA, Skymark is very likely to remain a Boeing operator. Boeing 737-8HX JA73NL (msn 38104) passes through Honolulu on its long delivery route.

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Hawaiian Airlines retrofits the cabin of its first Boeing 717

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced the completion of a comprehensive retrofit on the first of its 18 Boeing 717 aircraft, featuring an island-inspired interior cabin redesign and new lightweight Main Cabin seating from Acro Aircraft Seating Limited (below).

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Above Photo: Hawaiian Airlines.

Previously, five different cabin configurations were operating among Hawaiian’s neighbor island fleet. When all reconfigurations are complete later this year, the identical galley, lavatory, and 128-seat configuration onboard each aircraft will provide a consistent onboard experience for travelers while decreasing the airline’s operational complexity.

Intended to evoke high-performance automotive design, the new Main Cabin seats complement the fast and reliable service of Hawaiian’s 20 to 60 minute flights. The seatbacks offer a ‘tablet table’ machined from solid aluminum, sized and designed for complimentary beverage service and the use of a tablet device.

The refreshed interior color palette connects travelers with the elements of the islands through earth tones, a deep aqua seat, and accents of fuchsia and sky blue. Contrast stitching in the upholstery brings out natural forms of the islands. Other design elements include new seat covers and leather arm caps in First Class; new carpeting, galley flooring and curtains; and new forward windows on certain aircraft.

The airline’s entire narrow-body fleet, which operates more than 160 short haul flights daily between the islands of the state, will be retrofitted to feature these new cabin enhancements by the end of 2015.

Top Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 717-22A N475HA (msn 55121) taxies at the Honolulu hub.

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