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Hawaiian’s first Airbus A330 arrives in Hawaii, will enter service on June 4

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura. This interesting wide-angle view documents N380HA's arrival at HNL. The new airliner is named "Makalii".

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu yesterday (May 3) welcomed its fleet of the future to Hawaii – its first new, long-range Airbus A330-200 aircraft that will set the company’s course for growth and expansion.

The wide-body, 294-seat A330-243 registered N380HA (msn 1104) touched down at Honolulu International Airport at 10:49 a.m. on May 3. The wide-body airliner was piloted by Captain Robert Mixand Captain Mark Dawson. The 13-member flight crew was greeted by Hawaiian Airlines employees with fresh flower lei, Hawaiian music, and hula.

Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO who was among a crowd of employees greeting the plane’s arrival, said, “What a special moment for all of us at Hawaiian, to see more than three years’ planning and coordination come to fruition. This first A330 heralds a new era for Hawaiian, one of growth and new services for our customers.”

Hawaiian’s new A330 is scheduled to begin service on Friday, June 4, as Flight HA 2, departing Honolulu at 1:15 p.m. (1315) for Los Angeles.

Hawaiian took possession of the A330 on April 28 in a Hawaii-themed acceptance ceremony at the Airbusfactory in Toulouse, France attended by more than 200 Hawaiian Airlines employees and their guests. The aircraft was flown nonstop from Toulouse to Seattle on April 30 for scheduled modification work before making its flight into Honolulu this morning.

Hawaiian plans to introduce up to 27 new Airbus aircraft into its fleet by the end of this decade. Hawaiian is leasing three A330s that are joining the fleet this year, and has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus to acquire seven A330s (starting in 2011) and six A350XWB-800 (Extra Wide-Body) aircraft (starting in 2017), as well as purchase rights for an additional five A330s and six A350s.

Island Air adds a 30th Anniversary logo

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura. A close-up of Bombardier DHC-8-103 N829EX (msn 146) at Honolulu showing the new sticker.

Island Air (Honolulu) has added a special 30th Anniversary logo (to the left of the forward door) to its Bombardier DHC-8-103 N829EX (msn 146).

The company was incorporated as Princeville Airways in 1980 by Colorado-based Consolidated Oil and Gas. It began scheduled services on September 9, 1980, between Honolulu and Princeville (a resort town on Kauai) using two de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters. The company served the regular route between Princeville and Honolulu, primarily for Princeville Resort hotel guests.

In May 1987, Consolidated Oil and Gas sold Princeville Airways to the Aloha Air Group, the parent company of Aloha Airlines. Princeville Airways was renamed Aloha IslandAir and served the growing inter-island commuter routes that Aloha Airlines could not accommodate with its Boeing 737s. In June 1992, Aloha IslandAir registered the name of Island Air as its trade name. In 1995, newly renamed Island Air was granted FAA certification to operate larger aircraft in the islands.

Go! adds Mokulele titles to its CRJ200 fleet


Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura. Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N77278 (msn 7278) is pictured at Honolulu in the more subdued 2008 livery with the new joint titles.

Go! (iflygo.com) (Mesa Air Group) (Honolulu) is adding Mokulele titles to its Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) fleet.


As previously reported, last month Mesa Air Group and Republic Airways Holdings merged their competing subsidiaries, go! and Mokulele Airlines into a joint venture called go! Mokulele. Mesa’s 50-seat CRJ200s continued to operate inter-island services, supplemented by Mokulele’s Cessna 208B Grand Caravan turboprop aircraft. Shuttle America’s Embraer ERJ 170s, operated on behalf of Mokulele Airlines, were removed from Hawaii service. Mesa maintains a 75 percent share in the joint venture, with Republic holding the remaining 25 percent.

Hawaiian brings back the original Bellanca

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura.  Please click on photo for other photos.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura. Please click on photo for other photos.

Hawaiian Airlines (Honoulu) yesterday (October 8) brought its original Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker NC251M (msn 154) back to the islands to help celebrate its 80th Anniversary on November 11. NC251M is the last flying CH-300 in the world. The company had the aircraft restored into flying condition and the original 1929 Inter Island Airways markings for the upcoming ceremonies. The Bellanca started sightseeing flights on October 6, 1929 over Oahu to and from Koko Head. Two Sikorsky S-38 amphibians were also acquired in order for the new airline to start scheduled passenger service on November 11, 1929 from Honolulu to Hilo via Maui. On October 1, 1941 the company adopted the current name.

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Pacific Air Express enters Hawaiian cargo market

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura.  Please click on photo for full view, more information and other photos.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura. Please click on photo for full view, more information and other photos.

Leis Air (Honolulu) will be operating cargo flights in the Hawaiian market for Pacific Air Express.