Ninety years since two Sikorsky S-38 amphibian aircraft took off from Honolulu’s John Rodgers Airport, introducing the islands to commercial aviation, Hawaiian Airlines held festivities in the air and on the ground on 11 November 2019 (HST) to thank customers and the local community for their support through its evolution from pioneer inter-island carrier to global airline.
Australian travellers can still join the anniversary celebration through a 90-hour 90th Anniversary Sale from until midnight on Saturday 16 November (AEDT).
Fares from Sydney Airport (SYD) and Brisbane Airport to Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) start at $790 return.
Fares include complimentary entertainment, island-inspired meals, two lots of 32-kilo checked baggage, and authentic Hawaiian hospitality.
All-inclusive fares from Melbourne to Honolulu via the airline’s codeshare with Virgin Australia, start at $990*.
Travellers looking to seamlessly experience the different sights, sounds and flavours of Hawaii will also benefit from a $90* Neighbor Island add-on option.
Meanwhile in Honolulu, Hawaiian Airlines kicked off its 90th birthday celebrations by holding a ‘plane pull’ fundraiser at the HNL precinct, near the former John Rodgers airport site, where hundreds of onlookers gathered on 11 November to witness then-named Inter-Island Airways’ inaugurate scheduled passenger flights between the islands.
Some 2,000 people representing Hawaiian Airlines and corporate teams throughout the state competed in the day-long charity event that raised $33,000 for the non-profit Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.
At 9:35am, Hawaiian also surprised guests aboard HA1111 by making it a commemorative flight replicating the airline’s first service from Honolulu to Hilo on the Island of Hawai‘i, with a stop on Maui.
Flight attendants wearing vintage Hawaiian Airlines uniforms from the 1960s through the 90s welcomed 128 guests onboard the Boeing 717 aircraft.
Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO Peter Ingram said: “The foresight of our founder Stanley Kennedy to introduce Hawai‘i to commercial aviation forever changed the way we travel across our archipelago for leisure and business.
“We honour Stan’s legacy and join with our employees to say ‘mahalo nui loa’ to our community and our guests in a fun and creative way.”