In January 2019 Hawaiian Airlines bid a fond aloha to the last of their Boeing 767-300ER, the aircraft that propelled the airline to far-reaching destinations and allowed them to share their authentic hospitality with millions of guests from around the world.
The widebody twin-engine jet joined the Hawaiian Airlines fleet in 2001, replacing our DC-10s and heralding a new era of aviation engineering at the start of the 21st century.
“The Boeing 767 was instrumental to our transpacific growth, international expansion and success in introducing millions of guests to this special place we call home,” Peter Ingram, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, remarked following a Hawaiian blessing of N594 alongside the pilots and crew of HA19.
“Today’s 767 retirement marks another chapter in our ongoing fleet modernization program as we continue to take more deliveries of Airbus A321neos and prepare to welcome the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in 2021.”
Over the years, Hawaiian’s fleet expanded to a total of 18 Boeing 767 aircraft, which would lead to the launch of 16 new, non-stop routes throughout the Pacific region, including service between Honolulu and Sydney and Brisbane in Australia, Osaka; Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo in Japan, and Seoul in South Korea.
As Hawaiian entered new markets, its passenger count grew from 5.8 million in 2001 to 8.4 million in 2010, when the airline began introducing another wide-body aircraft type, the Airbus A330, to its fleet. In 2018, Hawaiian welcomed a record 11,840,178 guests.
“The Boeing 767 changed the game in the medium widebody market. The airplane enabled Hawaiian to efficiently serve its unique routes and achieve impressive growth over the years,” said Randy Tinseth, Vice President of Commercial Marketing, Boeing.
“In 2021, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner brings more range and much greater fuel efficiency. It will again transform Hawaiian’s ability to efficiently and comfortably bring people to and from the beautiful islands of Hawai‘i.”