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Hawaiian Airlines invests in electric seagliders for future interisland travel

REGENT has announced that Hawaiian Airlines has agreed to strategically invest in the company to support the initial design of its next generation 100-person capacity all-electric seaglider known as the Monarch. With this investment, Hawaiian Airlines becomes REGENT’s first U.S.-based design partner for the Monarch, which is slated for entry into commercial service by 2028.

“Innovative interisland transportation has been core to our business since 1929 when we replaced steam ships with airplanes. We are excited to be an early investor in REGENT and to be involved in developing their largest seaglider – a vehicle with great potential for Hawaiʻi’,” said Avi Mannis, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Hawaiian Airlines. “We look forward to working with REGENT to explore the technology and infrastructure needed to fulfill our vision for convenient, comfortable and environmentally sustainable interisland transportation.”

“Seagliders will be a game-changer for sustainable regional transportation in communities such as Hawai‘i. Through close partnerships with design partners and strategic investors such as Hawaiian Airlines, we can fully understand our operators and unlock their ability to provide zero-emission transportation solutions to their customers,” said Billy Thalheimer, REGENT CEO.

REGENT is a venture-backed aerospace and maritime company building all-electric seagliders, zero emission vehicles that provide harbor-to-harbor, overwater transportation at a fraction of the cost, noise, and emissions of existing regional transportation modes like aircraft and ferries. REGENT seagliders will offer a sustainable and resilient mode of regional coastal transportation, especially for residents of coastlines and archipelagos such as the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian Airlines is moving to Terminal 4 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport

Hawaiian Airlines will relocate its ground services and check-in from Terminal 5 to Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), effective May 10. Hawaiian’s guests traveling to and from Honolulu (HNL) will enjoy JFK’s largest terminal with 21 food and beverage options, 36 retail shops and ample electronic charging stations.

Hawaiian, which will celebrate 10 years of service between Hawai‘i and New York next month, offers daily nonstop service between HNL and JFK with Airbus A330 aircraft featuring 18 First Class lie-flat leather seats arranged in a 2-2-2 configuration tailored for couples, families and honeymooners, as well as business travelers. Hawaiian’s A330s are also equipped with 68 of its popular Extra Comfort premium economy seats providing more legroom and enhanced amenities, in addition to 192 Main Cabin seats.

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Hawaiian outlines its goals to eliminate single-use plastics from cabins, increase local food sourcing and promote sustainable tourism

Hawaiian Airlines today issued its 2022 Corporate Kuleana (Responsibility) Report, providing updates on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance and priorities, including new commitments to replace single-use plastics in cabin service by 2029 and locally source 40% of food and beverage for its Hawai‘i-based catering operations by 2025.

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Hawai‘i’s largest and longest-serving carrier continues to advance an array of initiatives to reduce its environmental impact as it develops a roadmap to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Hawaiian is exploring sustainable aviation fuel opportunities, preparing to induct a fuel-efficient fleet of Boeing 787-9 aircraft as soon as next year, and partnering with Conservation Internationalto offer a carbon offset program for travelers while committing to offset emissions from all of its employee business travel on the airline’s flights. Fleet modernization and fuel efficiency practices have driven progressive reductions in the carbon intensity of Hawaiian’s flight operations each year for the last four years.

Hawai‘i’s hometown airline also reaffirmed its focus on sustainable tourism last fall by producing a Travel Pono (Responsibly) in-flight video as the state of Hawai‘i began welcoming more visitors and COVID-19-related travel restrictions have eased. The pre-arrival educational spot features airline employees who provide tips on how Hawaiian’s guests can safely enjoy the islands while respecting communities, the culture and the environment. Additionally, Hawaiian last year offered significant funding to travel2change, a Hawai‘i nonprofit helping to train and scale organizations hosting regenerative tourism experiences.

“We remain engaged with grassroots, industry and political leaders on how we can shape a greener, more beneficial and equitable tourism economy,” Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram said in the Corporate Kuleana Report.

To address plastic pollution, Hawaiian is committing to replacing 50% of single-use plastics from in-flight service items with sustainable alternatives by 2025 and 100% by 2029. Hawaiian expects to replace about 142,000 plastic bottles served onboard annually in a pilot project using aluminum bottles from water company Mananalu.

“Food sustainability is another important issue for us and our home state, and we support local food production,” the report adds. “Local sourcing of food both supports Hawai‘i’s economy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with the shipping of products. Over the past few years we have reached 29% of our spending on locally sourced in-flight food and beverage products at our Hawai‘i hubs. By 2025, we are committed to increasing this metric to 40%.” Hawaiian also announced it would only use cage-free eggs for catering on all flights departing from Hawai‘i by 2025, and on all domestic flights by 2027.

While COVID-19 variants and surges made 2021 another trying year for the 93-year-old airline, widespread vaccinations, relaxation of travel restrictions and the appeal of a Hawai‘i vacation helped with Hawaiian’s recovery.

Last summer, Hawaiian operated its busiest transpacific domestic schedule in history, with new flights connecting Hawai‘i with Orlando, Austin and Ontario, California, as well as nonstop Long Beach-Kahului, Maui service. Hawaiian also resumed flights between Honolulu and American Samoa, Tahiti and Sydney. By year’s end, strong pent-up demand for travel to, from and within the islands had allowed Hawaiian to recall almost all employees accounted for in workforce reductions in late 2020.

As Hawaiian rebuilds its employee ‘ohana, it is doing so “with a renewed focus on strengthening our diversity, inclusion and belonging initiatives,” the report said.

“The heart of Hawaiian will always be our people,” said Ingram, noting that nearly 1,000 employees donated 3,100 hours to community causes in 2021. “We continue to strengthen our diversity, inclusion and belonging initiatives. We are working to ensure that recruitment, retention and promotions are free of bias, and we are listening to our employees and acting on their feedback. While we have much work to do, I am encouraged by our progress in fostering a more inclusive and diverse company.”

This year’s report for the first time also includes disclosures aligned with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), in addition to Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) metrics.

Hawaiian reports a GAAP net loss of $122.8 million

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2022.

“Strong demand for leisure travel to Hawai‘i is poised to propel our domestic revenue to record levels as the effects of the pandemic are more muted now than at any point in the past two years. Based on these trends, we anticipate a resurgence of international demand as restrictive travel policies continue to loosen,” said Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram. “I am extremely proud of our wonderful team who are committed to connecting people with aloha.”

Financial Results

First Quarter 2022

  • The Company reported a GAAP net loss of $(122.8) million, and an adjusted net loss of $(130.3) million.
  • The Company reported a GAAP EPS of $(2.39), and an adjusted EPS of $(2.54).
  • The Company reported EBITDA of $(96.0) million, and adjusted EBITDA of $(105.5) million.

 

First Quarter 2022 Highlights

Revenue Environment

The Company experienced strengthening demand throughout its domestic network as the impacts of Omicron eased through the quarter and COVID-19 restrictions for travel to the State of Hawai‘i were lifted at the end of March.  The Company’s domestic premium products performed exceptionally well during the quarter, with both business/first class revenue and Extra Comfort revenue exceeding 2019 levels.  The Company’s overall operating revenue is down 27% from first quarter 2019 as its international network is still rebuilding.

Other revenue was up 32% compared to the first quarter of 2019 driven by a record quarter of cargo revenue and the highest first quarter revenue from HawaiianMiles sales.

Routes and Network

In March 2022, the Company announced the return of daily nonstop service between Oakland, California and Kona, Hawai‘i from June 15, 2022 to September 6, 2022. The Company will also be adding a second daily flight between San Francisco, California and Honolulu, Hawai‘i from May 15, 2022 to August 1, 2022.

In April 2022, the Company announced the resumption of three-times-weekly nonstop service between Auckland, New Zealand and Honolulu, Hawai‘i starting July 2, 2022 and a seasonal increase in frequency between Seoul, South Korea and Honolulu for the summer of 2022.

During the first quarter of 2022, the Company operated at 88% of its 2019 first quarter system capacity, comprised of 118%, 75% and 25% capacity on its North America, Neighbor Island and International routes, respectively.

The State of Hawai‘i ended its Safe Travels Hawai‘i restrictions on March 25, 2022, removing the requirement that domestic travelers complete a Safe Travels application, which included providing either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a pre-travel negative COVID-19 test result, in order to avoid a required quarantine period upon entering Hawai‘i.

Countries in the Company’s international network made several positive changes to their respective travel restrictions including the following:

  • Australia lifted its remaining travel restrictions for visitors in February 2022 (restrictions were previously lifted for Australian citizens in December 2021);
  • South Korea lifted quarantine restrictions with proof of vaccination, requiring only a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of travel beginning April 1, 2022;
  • Japan ceased government required quarantine and increased allowable daily visitor arrivals to 10,000 beginning April 10, 2022; and
  • Starting May 1, 2022, New Zealand’s borders will reopen to vaccinated visitors from visa waiver countries, including the United States.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of March 31, 2022, the Company had:

  • Unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $1.6 billion
  • $1.9 billion in liquidity, including its undrawn $235 million revolving credit facility
  • Outstanding debt and finance lease obligations of $1.9 billion
  • Air traffic liability of $761 million

 

Operational Excellence

The Company maintained its #1 national ranking for On-Time Performance for the 18th consecutive year in 2021, as reported in the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Air Travel Consumer Report.

In March 2022, the Company opened a 3,000 square-foot line maintenance facility at Long Beach Airport in California to expand space for its aircraft mechanics to perform maintenance on its A321neo fleet which will enable greater operational flexibility.

In April 2022, the Company announced an agreement with SpaceX to deploy its Starlink satellite internet service on its long haul aircraft. The Company expects to launch complimentary inflight connectivity in 2023.

 

People

In February 2022, the Company’s employees represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers ratified five-year contracts that provide for wage increases and important work rule changes for nearly 2,500 employees.

In April 2022, the Company’s employees represented by the Transport Workers Union of America ratified a five-year contract that provides wage increases and important work rule changes for 55 employees.

In March 2022, the Company launched a statewide hiring campaign to recruit for hundreds of airport and operational positions, as well as administrative roles, to support the Company as it rebuilds its network back to 2019 levels.

 

Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance

The Company continues to focus on creating long-term value and positively impacting the people, the environment and the communities it serves. The Company will publish its third annual Corporate Kuleana report in May 2022, highlighting its Environmental, Social, and Governance commitments.

In April 2022, the Company announced a new partnership with Conservation International, which provides guests with the opportunity to purchase certified carbon offsets to offset their Hawaiian Airlines flight’s carbon emissions. The Company has also committed to offsetting all future business travel by its employees on Hawaiian’s flights.

 

Second Quarter 2022 Outlook

The Company expects its capacity for the quarter ending June 30, 2022 to be down approximately 11.5% to 14.5% compared to the second quarter of 2019, mostly driven by the delay of the full restoration of its Japan network.

The Company expects its total revenue for the quarter ending June 30, 2022 to sequentially improve from the first quarter and be down approximately 8% to 12% compared to the second quarter of 2019 due to strong demand throughout its network.

The Company expects its CASM excluding fuel and non-recurring items for the quarter ending June 30, 2022 to be consistent with the first quarter at up approximately 16.5% to 19.5% compared to the second quarter of 2019.

The Company’s outlook of adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ending June 30, 2022 is $(50) million to $10 million, which reflects the resilient demand for Hawai‘i travel as the Company continues to rebuild its network.

The table below summarizes the Company’s expectations for the quarter ending June 30, 2022 expressed as an expected percentage change compared to the results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.

 

Item

 

Second Quarter 2022 Guidance

 

GAAP Equivalent

 

GAAP Second Quarter 2022 Guidance

ASMs  

Down 11.5% to 14.5%

       
Total Revenue  

Down 8% to 12%

       
Costs per ASM excluding fuel and non-recurring items (a)  

Up 16.5% to 19.5%

 

Costs per ASM (a)

 

Up 27.8% to 30.2%

Gallons of Jet Fuel Consumed  

Down 14.5% to 17.5%

       
Fuel Price per Gallon (b)  

$3.59

       
Adjusted EBITDA (c)  

$(50) million to $10 million

 

Net Income (c)

   
Effective Tax Rate  

~21%

       

 

(a) See Table 3 for a reconciliation of GAAP operating expenses to operating expenses excluding fuel and non-recurring items.

(b) Fuel Price per Gallon estimates are based on the April 21, 2022 fuel forward curve.

(c) 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.

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

 

Full Year 2022 Outlook

The Company is suspending guidance for the year ending December 31, 2022 due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the timing of the full resumption of its international network due to foreign government travel restrictions. The Company intends to resume providing full-year guidance when there is greater clarity related to its international markets.

 

Hawaiian Airlines to offer free, high-speed Starlink internet connectivity on transpacific fleet

Hawaiian Airlines today became the first major airline to announce an agreement with Starlink to provide complimentary high-speed, low-latency broadband internet access to every guest onboard flights between the islands and the continental U.S, Asia and Oceania. Hawai‘i’s largest and longest-serving carrier will equip its Airbus A330 and A321neo aircraft, as well as an incoming fleet of Boeing 787-9s, with Starlink’s industry leading satellite internet connectivity service.

In Starlink‘s low-Earth orbit constellation of advanced satellites, the latest of which utilize a revolutionary laser mesh network, Hawaiian found an ideal solution to ensure reliable, high-speed, low-latency connectivity on transpacific flights. Guests will be able to stream content, play games live with friends on the ground, work and collaborate in real-time, plan their Hawai‘i vacation, or share their special island moments on social media. Connecting to the internet will be seamless when guests walk on board, without registration pages or payment portals.

Hawaiian and Starlink are in the initial stages of implementation and expect to begin installing the product on select aircraft next year. Hawaiian is not currently planning to deploy the service on its Boeing 717 aircraft that operate short flights between the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian Airlines partners with Jason Momoa’s water company Mananalu, featuring infinitely recyclable aluminum bottles

Hawaiian Airlines is bringing Mananalu, the water company founded by Hawaiʻi environmental activist and celebrity Jason Momoa, to its Premium Cabins to replace plastic water bottles with infinitely recyclable aluminum bottles.

Starting tomorrow, Hawaiʻi’s hometown airline will begin distributing Mananalu’s 16-ounce aluminum bottle to Premium Cabin guests on all U.S. East Coast and international flights. The recyclable product will also replace plastic water bottles sold on Hawaiian’s Pau Hana snack cart on the carrier’s flights between Hawaiʻi and its 16 continental U.S. gateway cities.

Mananalu on Hawaiian's Pau Hana Cart

Mananalu’s infinitely recyclable aluminum bottles will replace plastic water bottles served on Hawaiian’s Pau Hana snack cart, available on the carrier’s flights between Hawaiʻi and its 16 continental U.S. gateway cities.

 

“We have remained steadfast in our commitment to source more sustainable products for our onboard service, and our Mananalu partnership helps us continue to phase-out single-use plastics and protect our oceans and environment,” said Avi Mannis, chief marketing and communications officer at Hawaiian Airlines.

Hawaiian anticipates eliminating approximately 142,000 plastic bottles from its transpacific operations each year through its partnership with Mananalu. For every plastic bottle replaced onboard, Mananalu, a certified carbon neutral company and 1% for the Planet member, will divert an additional bottle away from oceans and waterways through its work with leading plastic action platform repurpose Global, resulting in an additional 142,000 bottles removed annually.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Hawaiian Airlines. Together we’re reducing single-use plastic bottles on flights and removing plastic from our oceans. It’s perfect brand alignment,” said David Cuthbert, CEO of Mananalu.

Flight attendant holding a Mananalu bottle

All Premium Cabin guests on Hawaiian’s U.S. East Coast and international flights will receive a personal 16-ounce Mananalu water bottle.

 

Mananalu has worked to educate consumers about the impact of plastics on the environment since Momoa founded the company in 2019 in collaboration with the Ball Corporation, the world’s largest aluminum producer. Mananalu packages its water products in BPA-free aluminum, the most recycled material across the globe, with more than 75% of all aluminum produced still utilized today. It also uses triple-filtered purified drinking water with added electrolytes and a neutral PH of approximately 7, responsibly sourced in the United States for minimal carbon impact. Consumers can purchase Mananalu products on its website, Amazon, Erewhon Market in southern California, Sprouts Farmers Market locations nationwide, and Foodland, a HawaiianMiles partner with stores throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

Through the end of April, HawaiianMiles members can also earn one mile per dollar spent on Mananalu products when shopping at any Foodland location.

Hawaiian to resume the Honolulu – Auckland route

Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed its long-awaited return to New Zealand on July 2 with the resumption of three-times-weekly nonstop flights between Honolulu (HNL) and Auckland (AKL), ending a more than two-year-long suspension due to pandemic-related travel restrictions.

HA445 will resume on July 2, departing HNL Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:25 p.m. and arriving at AKL at 9:45 p.m. the next day. Beginning July 4, HA446 will depart AKL on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 11:55 p.m. with a 10:50 a.m. same-day arrival at HNL, allowing guests to settle in and explore O’ahu or connect to any of Hawaiian Airlines’ four Neighbor Island destinations. Kiwi travelers also regain access to the carrier’s extensive U.S. domestic network of 16 gateways, including new destinations in AustinOrlando, and OntarioCalifornia, with the option to enjoy a stopover on the Hawaiian Islands in either direction.

Hawaiian has proudly served as one of the leading carriers for service between New Zealand and Hawaiʻi since March 2013. The airline will continue to operate its AKL-HNL route with 278-seat, spacious wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft featuring 18 Premium Cabin lie-flat leather seats, 68 of its popular Extra Comfort seats and 192 Main Cabin seats. Guests onboard Hawaiian’s transpacific flights to Hawaiʻi will also experience its new Travel Pono in-flight video, which debuted last year to encourage visitors to experience Hawai’i safely and respectfully.

Hawaiian Airlines to resume daily Oakland-Kona summer service, add flights between San Francisco-Honolulu

Hawaiian Airlines is offering Bay Area travelers more convenient options to visit Hawai’i this summer by bringing back nonstop service between Oakland (OAK) and Kona (KOA) on the Island of Hawai’i, and adding a second daily flight between San Francisco (SFO) and Honolulu (HNL).

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Hawaiian’s Oakland -Kona service, which the carrier last operated in the summer of 2016, will be available June 15 through Sept. 6 . HA66 will depart KOA at 11:55 a.m. and arrive at OAK at 8:10 p.m. HA65 departs OAK at 8:10 a.m. with a 10:40 a.m. arrival at KOA, giving travelers ample time to settle in and start enjoying the island. The seasonal route will become Hawaiian’s fourth daily flight connecting Oakland and the islands, joining existing nonstop service between OAK and Honolulu , Kahului on Maui , and Līhu’e on Kaua’i .

Hawaiian will provide the additional San Francisco Honolulu service May 15 through Aug. 1 . HA54 will depart HNL at 8:45 p.m. and arrive at SFO at 5:05 a.m. HA53 departs SFO at 7 a.m. and arrives at HNL at 9:30 a.m.

Travelers will enjoy the airline’s warm Hawaiian hospitality onboard a modern, quiet and fuel-efficient Airbus A321neo narrow-body aircraft featuring 16 luxurious leather recliners, 44 Extra Comfort seats and 128 main cabin seats.

During the peak summer period, Hawaiian will average nine daily flights between the Bay Area and the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaiian is also offering an additional daily nonstop flight between Los Angeles and Maui from June 11 through Aug. 15 .

Hawaiian Airlines to resume daily Oakland-Kona summer service, add flights between San Francisco-Honolulu

Hawaiian Airlines is offering Bay Area travelers more convenient options to visit Hawai’i this summer by bringing back nonstop service between Oakland (OAK) and Kona (KOA) on the Island of Hawai’i, and adding a second daily flight between San Francisco (SFO) and Honolulu (HNL).

Hawaiian’s Oakland-Kona service, which the carrier last operated in the summer of 2016, will be available June 15 through Sept. 6. HA66 will depart KOA at 11:55 a.m. and arrive at OAK at 8:10 p.m.HA65 departs OAK at 8:10 a.m. with a 10:40 a.m. arrival at KOA, giving travelers ample time to settle in and start enjoying the island. The seasonal route will become Hawaiian’s fourth daily flight connecting Oakland and the islands, joining existing nonstop service between OAK and Honolulu, Kahului on Maui, and Līhu’e on Kaua’i.

Hawaiian will provide the additional San FranciscoHonolulu service May 15 through Aug. 1. HA54 will depart HNL at 8:45 p.m. and arrive at SFO at 5:05 a.m. HA53 departs SFO at 7 a.m. and arrives at HNL at 9:30 a.m.

“The Kona Coast has been an increasingly popular destination for Bay Area travelers, and we are pleased to once again offer our Oakland guests convenient nonstop service to the Island of Hawai’i, while also providing a second flight option between San Francisco and Honolulu,” said Brent Overbeek, senior vice president of network planning and revenue management at Hawaiian Airlines.

Both flights are available for sale at HawaiianAirlines.com.

Travelers will enjoy the airline’s warm Hawaiian hospitality onboard a modern, quiet and fuel-efficient Airbus A321neo narrow-body aircraft featuring 16 luxurious leather recliners, 44 Extra Comfort seats and 128 main cabin seats.

During the peak summer period, Hawaiian will average nine daily flights between the Bay Area and the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaiian is also offering daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Maui from June 11 through Aug. 15.

Hawaiian Airlines’ new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners are delayed

Hawaiian Airlines’ CEO, Peter Ingram, made this announcement while discussing the company’s fourth quarter financial results:

“Our  two 787s that were scheduled to be delivered in 2022 are delayed and we now expect to receive them no earlier than the first half of 2023. The capacity from these aircraft has been removed from our full year capacity expectation.”

Boeing has been forced to delay some 787 deliveries due to some manufacturing issues.