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Hawaiian Airlines resumes nonstop Sydney-Honolulu service

Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-243 N380HA (msn 1104) (Las Vegas Raiders) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955645.

Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed it will resume its five-times-weekly service between Australia’s Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), beginning Dec. 13. Hawaiian, which suspended the route in March 2020 due to travel restrictions imposed at the onset of the pandemic, will welcome Australians back to the islands with its signature Hawaiian hospitality in time for the holidays.

HA451 will resume Dec. 13 by departing HNL on Mondays and Wednesday through Saturday at 11:50 a.m. and arrive at SYD approximately 7:45 p.m. the next day. Starting Dec. 15, HA452 will depart SYD on Tuesdays and Thursday through Sunday at 9:40 p.m. with a 10:35 a.m. scheduled arrival at HNL, allowing guests to check in to their accommodations and begin exploring O’ahu, or connect to any of Hawaiian’s four Neighbor Island destinations.

In addition to convenient nonstop flights to Hawai’i, Australian travelers flying on Hawaiian Airlines also regain access to the carrier’s extensive U.S. domestic network, allowing them to seamlessly continue their travels to 16 U.S. mainland gateways – including new destinations in AustinOrlando, and OntarioCalifornia – with the option to enjoy a stopover in the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian will continue to operate the SYD-HNL route with its 278-seat, spacious wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft, which features 18 Premium Cabin lie-flat leather seats, 68 of its popular Extra Comfort seats, and 192 Main Cabin seats.

Currently, only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption. While entry requirements for the state of Hawaiʻi remain to be announced, Hawaiian hopes the state of Hawai’i will align its requirements with U.S. government rules requiring international arrivals to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure effective Nov. 8.

International rules continue to evolve, and travelers are encouraged to stay updated via official government channels as they prepare for their trip.

Hawaiian started SYD-HNL service in May 2004 and maintained its position as a leading destination carrier for travel to Hawaiʻi via New South Wales. The carrier’s three-times-weekly service between HNL and Brisbane Airport (BNE), which launched in November 2012, remains paused.

Top Copyright Photo: Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-243 N380HA (msn 1104) (Las Vegas Raiders) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955645.

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Hawaiian Airlines is moving to Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport

Hawaiian Airlines will have a new home at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) effective Tuesday (Oct. 12), when it moves from Terminal 5 and begins welcoming travelers at Terminal B, also known as the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Hawaiian’s guests traveling to and from Hawai‘i via LAX will enjoy a modern and comfortable facility featuring more amenities, expanded dining and shopping options and a spacious gate area. Hawaiian offers six daily fights between LAX and the Hawaiian Islands, including thrice-daily service to Honolulu, and once-daily service to Kahului on Maui, Kona on the Island of Hawai‘i, and Līhu‘e on Kaua‘i.

Hawaiian Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Midway Atoll

From KHON:

Hawaiian Airlines flight HA460 from Seoul (Incheon) bound for Honolulu with 12 crew members and 67 passengers — made an emergency landing at Midway Atoll on Friday, September 24, 2021 due to a “low oil pressure notification.”

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Hawaiian Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Midway Atoll

Hawaiian Airlines to resume American Samoa service

"Hôkû Mau"

Hawaiian Airlines is reconnecting Honolulu (HNL) and American Samoa (PPG) by resuming nonstop flights between Hawai‘i and the U.S. Territory next week. Hawaiian, which suspended its twice-weekly HNL-PPG service at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, will be offering two flights per month starting on Monday through Dec. 20.

Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330

Hawaiian, which provides the only regularly scheduled air link between the two island chains, paused flights for 17 months at the request of the American Samoa government. On Jan. 13, Hawaiian began operating a series of repatriation flights to bring to American Samoa thousands of residents who had been stranded away from home in Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland and beyond.

Travelers to American Samoa must follow a series of government health and safety protocols, including proof of vaccination and negative pre-travel test results. More details are available at the TALOFApass website. Guests flying to Hawai‘i are required to create a state of Hawai‘i Safe Travels account and upload their vaccination card or negative pre-travel test to avoid quarantine upon arrival.

Hawaiian will continue to operate the route with its 278-seat, wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-243 N361HA (msn 1823) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955058.

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Hawaiian’s new “Travel Pono” travel-responsibly in-flight video

Hawaiian Airlines is encouraging responsible travel to and around the Hawaiian islands with this new in-flight “Travel Pono” video:

From Hawaiian Airlines:

Hawaiian Airlines is furthering its commitment to educate guests arriving in Hawai‘i on how to safely and responsibly enjoy the islands by debuting a new in-flight video. The five-minute Travel Pono spot, which begins airing next week in the cabins of Hawaiian’s transpacific aircraft, features five Hawaiian Airlines crewmembers – including a firefighter, volunteers for search and rescue operations and marine mammal protection, and a cultural practitioner – who share expert advice on ocean and hiking safety, conservation of endangered species and the environment, and cultural and community best practices.

“We’ve served as Hawai‘i’s hometown carrier for over nine decades, and as residents of this special place, we are proud to welcome our guests with valuable information that will enrich their experience on the islands while helping protect Hawai’i’s natural resources and our way of life,” said Avi Mannis, senior vice president of marketing at Hawaiian Airlines. “Over the last month we have heard from our community and employees calling for a video like this, and we listened.”

The Travel Pono video will show prior to landing on the in-flight entertainment system of Hawaiian’s wide-body Airbus A330 and via the wireless streaming function for personal devices on the narrow-body Airbus A321neo.

The in-flight spot is an extension of Hawaiian’s Travel Pono program, which the carrier introduced last fall to encourage responsible tourism as Hawai‘i welcomed back visitors through its Safe Travels program. The program has since equipped thousands of guests with tips on how to experience Hawai’i safely and respectfully, shared via Hawaiian’s pre-trip emails, websiteManaʻo blog, and social media channels.

In addition to the new Travel Pono video, Hawaiian’s guests will continue to have access to a library of informative content, produced by the carrier’s local partners and ranging from ocean safety to cultural education. In April 2019, Hawaiian partnered with the state of Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources on educational public service announcements focused on caring for the islands’ natural resources, and this month added videos created by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority for its popular Mālama Hawaiʻi campaign.

Hawaiian Airlines’ commitment to protecting Hawaiʻi’s environment, culture and community remains steadfast. In July 2021, the carrier released its Corporate Kuleana Report, which details the carrier’s progress on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives during the most challenging period in its 92-year history due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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18 civilian aircraft in the CRAF program are activated for refugee evacuation

The Civil Reserve Air Fleet is an important aspect of the United States’s mobility resources.

Selected long-range aircraft from U.S. airlines, are contractually committed to the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF).

The selected aircraft support the United States Department of Defense (DOD) airlift requirements during emergencies when the need for airlift exceeds the capability of military aircraft.

The DOD issued this statement:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has ordered the Commander of U.S. Transportation Command to activate Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). CRAF activation provides the Department of Defense access to commercial air mobility resources to augment our support to the Department of State in the evacuation of U.S. citizens and personnel, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk individuals from Afghanistan.

The current activation is for 18 aircraft: three each from American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines and Omni Air; two from Hawaiian Airlines; and four from United Airlines. The Department does not anticipate a major impact to commercial flights from this activation.

CRAF activated aircraft will not fly into Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. They will be used for the onward movement of passengers from temporary safe havens and interim staging bases. Activating CRAF increases passenger movement beyond organic capability and allows military aircraft to focus on operations in and out of in Kabul.

CRAF is a National Emergency Preparedness Program designed to augment the Department’s airlift capability and is a core component of USTRANSCOM’s ability to meet national security interests and contingency requirements.  Under CRAF, the commercial carriers retain their Civil Status under FAA regulations while USTRANSCOM exercises mission control via its air component, Air Mobility Command.

This is the third CRAF activation in the history of the program. The first occurred in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm (Aug. 1990 to May 1991), and the second was for Operation Iraqi Freedom (Feb. 2002 to June 2003).

The DOD’s ability to project military forces is inextricably linked to commercial industry, which provides critical transportation capacity as well as global networks to meet day-to-day and contingency requirements.  Utilizing commercial partners expands USTRANSCOM’s global reach as well as access to valuable commercial intermodal transportation systems.

The Secretary greatly appreciates the support of our industry partners in this critical mission.

 

American Airlines commented on the assignment:

The U.S. Department of Defense notified American Airlines that it has activated Stage 1 of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). Starting Monday, American will be ready to deploy three wide body aircraft to military bases and other secure transit points on the Arabian Peninsula and in Europe to assist with the emergency evacuation of U.S. citizens and refugees coming from Kabul, Afghanistan.

American is part of the CRAF program and is proud to fulfill its duty to help the U.S. military scale this humanitarian and diplomatic rescue mission. The images from Afghanistan are heartbreaking. The airline is proud and grateful of our pilots and flight attendants, who will be operating these trips to be a part of this life-saving effort.

American will work to minimize the impact to customers as the airline temporarily removes these aircraft from our operation. The airline appreciates customers’ patience and understanding as it works to accommodate flights.

Delta Air Lines issued this statement:

The US Department of Defense (DoD) activated Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet, calling for Delta and other carriers to support the military’s effort to carry people who have left Afghanistan.

Sunday morning, the US Department of Defense (DoD) activated Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF), calling for Delta and other carriers to support the military’s effort to carry people who have left Afghanistan.

Delta has been in contact with the DoD for several days leading up to the call for CRAF and is scheduled to have multiple relief flights arriving back in the United States beginning Monday morning. The airline will operate using available spare aircraft, meaning Delta’s commercial operations are not currently impacted.

“For decades, Delta has actively played a role in supporting the US Military and our troops,” said John Laughter, Delta EVP and Chief of Operations. “And we are again proud to pledge Delta people and our aircraft in support our country’s relief efforts.”

Delta will not fly directly into Afghanistan but instead stage aircraft at various military bases and provide onward flights for passengers.

Delta routinely provides transport for US troops moving between the US and international locations through its Charter Operations group.

The airline was last tapped to provide significant military support via CRAF in 2002 in the ramp-up to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Atlas Air issued this statement:

The Department of Defense has activated the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) to call upon Atlas Air and other U.S. airlines to support the evacuation of U.S. citizens and refugees from Afghanistan.

We will be flying passenger aircraft to carry the evacuees safely to the U.S. and will be standing by should additional capacity be needed.

As the largest supplier of airlift to the U.S. military, we are proud to provide this essential passenger service in the region at this critical time.

Atlas is a company that cares for the world we carry, and our team feels a tremendous sense of responsibility in serving the needs of the U.S. military and our nation.

Hawaiian Airlines will require its employees to get vaccinated

Hawaiian Airlines has become latest U.S. airline to require its U.S-based employees to be vaccinated.

Employees will need to be vaccinated by November 1, 2021.

Employees who apply for medical and religious exemptions, if eligible, will be tested regularly.

Hawaiian Holdings reports a 2Q net loss of $6.2 million

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., today reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2021.

Hawaiian Airlines logo. (PRNewsFoto)

Second Quarter 2021 – Key Financial Metrics

GAAP

YoY Change

Adjusted

YoY Change

Net Loss

$(6.2)M

$100.7M

$(73.8)M

$100.9M

Diluted EPS

$(0.12)

$2.21

$(1.44)

$2.37

Pre-tax Margin

(2.0)%

+252.2 pts.

(22.9)%

+361.0 pts.

“We made meaningful strides toward recovery during the second quarter, propelled by continued strong demand on our U.S. mainland routes,” said Peter Ingram , Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO. “It is encouraging to see how far we’ve come and I am optimistic about our continued recovery. My immense appreciation goes out to our team, who continues to embrace our purpose, in spite of the challenges facing them.”

Statistical data, as well as a reconciliation of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, can be found in the accompanying tables.

Second Quarter 2021

Financial Results

For the second quarter of 2021, the Company reported a net loss of $6.2 million , and an adjusted net loss of $73.8 million .

The Company reported total revenue of $410.8 million , down 42% compared to the second quarter of 2019, on 30% lower capacity.

The Company reported total operating expenses of $392.3 million , and operating expenses excluding non-recurring items of $478.4 million , down 23% compared to the second quarter of 2019.

Routes and Network

The State of Hawai’i made several positive changes to its Safe Travels program in the second quarter of 2021, including:

  • Beginning May 11, 2021 , travelers who were fully vaccinated in Hawaiʻi and had proof of vaccination were permitted to bypass COVID-19 testing and quarantine restrictions when traveling within the Hawaiian islands.
  • Beginning June 15, 2021 , all travel restrictions were removed for travel within the Hawaiian islands, and travelers who were fully vaccinated in Hawaiʻi were permitted to bypass COVID-19 testing and quarantine restrictions with proof of vaccination when traveling into the state.
  • Beginning July 8, 2021 , all domestic travelers who were fully vaccinated in the U.S. were permitted to bypass COVID-19 testing and quarantine restrictions with proof of vaccination when traveling into the state.
  • The State of Hawaiʻi announced that the Safe Travelp Program will end when 70% of the state’s residents are fully vaccinated.

In the second quarter of 2021, the Company continued to rebuild and expand its network, primarily in North America . In June 2021 , Hawaiian’s North America traffic exceeded June 2019 levels. During the second quarter of 2021, the Company operated at an average of 70% of its 2019 second quarter system capacity, comprised of 97%, 57% and 11% capacity on its North America , Neighbor Island and International routes, respectively.

In April 2021 , the Company launched twice weekly service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), and expanded this service to three-times-weekly for the summer of 2021.

In May 2021 , the Company launched four-times-weekly seasonal service through August 15, 2021 between Kahului Maui (OGG) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

In June 2021 , the Company announced the resumption of its Tahiti service following the launch of a pre-travel testing program between Hawaiʻi and French Polynesia that allows for quarantine-free travel between the two archipelagos.  As part of the program, travelers inbound to Hawai’i will need to provide proof of a negative test result from a State-approved testing partner, while travelers outbound to Tahiti will need to provide proof of vaccination and have fulfilled the government of Tahiti’s COVID-19 entry requirements prior to travel.  Beginning August 7, 2021 , the Company will reinstate its nonstop once-weekly service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Tahiti’s Fa’a’ā International Airport (PPT).

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of June 30, 2021, the Company had:

  • Unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $2.2 billion , up $304 million from March 31, 2021
  • Outstanding debt and finance lease obligations of $2.2 billion , up $22 million from March 31, 2021
  • Air traffic liability of $823 million , up $136 million from March 31, 2021

The Company further enhanced its liquidity position during the second quarter of 2021 with $173.4 million in grants and $31.4 million in loans pursuant to the Payroll Support Program Extension Agreement (the “PSP Extension Agreement”) and Payroll Support Program 3 Agreement with the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

As of June 30, 2021 , the Company had $2.4 billion in liquidity, including the undrawn portion of its $235 million revolving credit facility.

Guest Experience

In June 2021 , the Company announced a partnership with Boyd Gaming Corporation that will allow members to earn greater benefits and rewards with Boyd Gaming’s award-winning B Connected player loyalty program and the HawaiianMiles program. Boyd Gaming and Hawaiian Airlines loyalty members will enjoy reciprocal earning and redemption benefits, providing the Company’s guests with greater access to B Connected’s selection of rewards tiers, exclusive player benefits and entertainment experiences, as well as more ways to earn and use HawaiianMiles.

As of July 15, 2021 , the Company restored its full cabin meal and beverage service, while maintaining safety standards for its guests and guest-facing team members.

The Company continues its enhanced cleaning procedures and guest-facing protocols to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Understanding that health and safety are still critical concerns for our guests, the Company will continue to focus on protective measures such as:

  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of counters and self-service check-in kiosks in airports.
  • Ensuring hand sanitizers are readily available for guests at airports it serves.
  • Requiring guests and guest-facing employees to wear face masks or coverings, with guests required to wear masks throughout their travel, including at our airport spaces, during boarding, in-flight (except when eating or drinking) and when deplaning.
  • Performing enhanced aircraft cleaning between flights and during overnight parking.

Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance

In July 2021 , the Company published its 2021 Corporate Kuleana Report reinforcing its commitment to sustainability and outlining its progress advancing various environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. A link to the report can be found through the Investor Relations, Corporate Responsibility section of Hawaiian’s website.

Addressing climate change remains one of the Company’s key ESG priorities. The Company has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 through ongoing fleet investments, more efficient flying, carbon offsets, industry advocacy for air traffic control reform and development of sustainable aviation fuel supply. Starting this year, the Company has pledged to offset emissions from international flights above 2019 levels, in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

In 2020, the Company decreased Available Seat Miles (ASMs) by 63.3 percent and Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs) by 74.3 percent compared to 2019. The Company’s CO2 greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) dropped commensurately by 60.7 percent.  After adjusting its fuel consumption figures to remove cargo-only flying, the Company reduced CO2 emissions intensity per ASM year-over-year by 2.1%.

The Company also defined steps it is taking to foster diversity and inclusion. Evidence-based processes to minimize bias in hiring and promotional practices across the Company have contributed to team diversity, with approximately 78% of Hawaiian’s active workforce identifying as diverse based on ethnicity and 44% based on gender.

Third Quarter 2021 Outlook

The Company expects to continue to rebuild its network in the third quarter, driven primarily by North America and Neighbor Island flying, as the timing of International demand recovery remains uncertain. The Company expects improvement in total revenue, with continued strength in North America demand, and steady improvement in Neighbor Island routes. The Company expects an increase in operating expenses, excluding non-recurring items, primarily driven by the increase in capacity as compared to the second quarter, higher fuel price, higher airport rates, and costs related to preparing for the resumption of more significant international flying.

The table below summarizes the Company’s expectations for the third quarter ending September 30, 2021 , expressed as an expected percentage change compared to the results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 , as applicable.

Item

Third Quarter 2021
Guidance

GAAP Equivalent

GAAP Third Quarter
2021 Guidance

ASMs

Down 20 to 23%

Total Revenue

Down 28 to 33%

Operating Expenses, excluding non-recurring items (a)

Down 10 to 14%

Operating Expenses (a)

Down 22 to 26%

Interest Expense

$30 million

Adjusted EBITDA (b)

$(20) million to $20 million

Effective Tax Rate

~21%

Fuel Price per Gallon (c)

$2.04

(a)

See Table 4 for a reconciliation of GAAP operating expenses to operating expenses excluding non-recurring items.

(b)

The Company is not providing a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to GAAP net income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, as it is unable, without unreasonable efforts, to calculate certain special and non-recurring charges, which could have a significant impact on the GAAP measure.

(c)

Fuel Price per Gallon estimates are based on the July 23, 2021 fuel forward curve.

 

Hawaiian Airlines 2021 Corporate Kuleana Report: Persevering through the COVID-19 pandemic, emerging stronger

Hawaiian Airlines today released its 2021 Corporate Kuleana Report, which outlines the carrier’s progress on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives during the most challenging period in its 92-year history as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are rising from this crisis not only with renewed optimism but as a better, more sustainable airline for our guests, our employees and the planet,” Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram wrote in the report’s welcome message. “As we progress through 2021, I am incredibly proud of our team’s accomplishments in the face of extreme adversity and encouraged for our future.”

Addressing climate change remains one of Hawaiian’s key ESG priorities. The airline has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 through ongoing fleet investments, more efficient flying, carbon offsets, and industry advocacy for air traffic control reform and sustainable aviation fuel development and proliferation. Starting this year, Hawaiian has pledged to offset emissions from international flights above 2019 levels, in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

Hawai‘i’s hometown airline also defined steps it is taking to foster diversity and inclusion, calling it a “key driver of our success.” Evidence-based processes to minimize bias in hiring and promotional practices across Hawaiian have contributed to team diversity, with approximately 78% of its active workforce identifying as diverse based on ethnicity and 44% based on gender.

“We can always do better, and we are re-examining our practices to ensure Hawaiian Airlines remains a diverse, inclusive, equitable and desirable place to work, and where every team member is respected, valued and supported,” Ingram said.

Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330

 

The report chronicles how Hawaiian – Hawai‘i’s only locally based major carrier and one of its largest employers – endured the devastating impacts of the pandemic by preserving financial resources, supporting employees and communities statewide, and safely providing essential transportation.

In the fourth quarter of 2020, Hawaiian became the first U.S. airline to establish a network of dedicated drive-through testing sites near its key gateway airports once the state of Hawai‘i began exempting travelers from quarantine with proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

“We enhanced disinfection throughout our operations and adopted an in-flight face covering policy as an added layer of protection in our cabins, which were already extremely safe by virtue of their built-in airflow and filtration systems,” the report noted.

In addition to maintaining vital transportation for passengers and cargo to, from and within the islands throughout the pandemic, Hawaiian employees participated in numerous philanthropic efforts, which took on renewed importance in 2020. Among the highlights:

  • More than 1,500 Hawaiian Airlines volunteers donated approximately 6,500 hours to cultural and environmental conservation initiatives, and to care for Hawai‘i’s most vulnerable community members. The airline also partnered with the Hawai‘i State Department of Education in a summerlong Kōkua our Schools project to refresh seven public campuses before educators welcomed students back in the fall semester.
  • The airline supported Hawai‘i’s medical workers, including doctors, nurses, assistants and volunteers who took over 600 complimentary neighbor island flights in April and May 2020 to conduct COVID-19 testing and deliver care.
  • Hawaiian donated $472,000 worth of catering goods – ranging from new hand towels and condiments to soft drinks and packaged foods – to nonprofits in Hawai‘i and throughout the carrier’s U.S. mainland network, as well as hundreds of thousands of soft goods and inflight items to local humanitarian organizations and schools, such as Main Cabin blankets, pillowcases and amenity kits, and First Class slippers, mattress pads and pillowcases.

 

Hawaiian’s 2021 Corporate Kuleana Report includes metrics established by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).

Hawaiian Airlines to resume Tahiti service

Hawaiian Airlines has announced the resumption of its Tahiti service following the launch of a pre-travel testing program between Hawaiʻi and French Polynesia that allows for quarantine-free travel within the two archipelagos. Beginning Aug. 7, Hawaiian will reinstate once-weekly nonstop flying between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Tahiti’s Fa’a’ā International Airport (PPT), utilizing its 278-seat Airbus A330 aircraft.


Hawaiian has served as the leading carrier for Hawaiʻi-Tahiti air travel since its inaugural service in June 1987. The airline suspended its PPT service flights in March 2020 due to the pandemic. The carrier’s resumption of flights is made possible by the new pre-travel testing program established by Hawaiʻi Gov. David Ige and French Polynesia President Édouard Fritch — a result of low COVID-19 cases within the two destinations.

Both Hawaiʻi and French Polynesia will implement strict travel requirements for resident and visitor safety. Those traveling inbound from PPT to HNL must complete and upload a negative test result from the Institut Louis Malardé, a state-approved testing partner, to the state of Hawaiʻi’s Safe Travels program. Guests traveling outbound to PPT from HNL will need to provide proof of vaccination and have fulfilled the government of Tahiti’s COVID-19 entry requirements prior to travel. Those not compliant will be subject to a 10-day quarantine.

Hawaiian Airlines flight HA481 will depart HNL at 3:35 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7 and arrive at PPT at 9:30 p.m. Flight HA482 will depart PPT at 11:30 p.m. the same evening and arrive into HNL at 5:15 a.m. the following day.

Meanwhile the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (N780HA) has been painted by Boeing at North Charleston, SC site pending delivery.

Looking back: A photo from the past: