Hawaiian Airlines, one of the nation´s longest-serving carriers, has celebrated its 88th anniversary at a dedication ceremony for the new Charles I. Elliott Maintenance and Cargo Facility, named in honor of the man who piloted the company´s maiden flight from Honolulu to Hilo in 1929, the company said.
The 21-acre site includes a 95,800 square-foot aircraft hangar that can accommodate up to five Boeing 717 aircraft at the same time, indoor maintenance and cargo operations, a two-level office building and 143-stall parking lot.
Capt. Charles Irving “Sam” Elliott also served as Director of Operations at Inter-Island Airways and his first job at the airline was as inspector of Hangar No. 1. When the company dug the hole for the foundation, he ensured it was deep enough to hit solid coral, inspected the steel work, and hammered the first rivets. Soon after, he piloted the first scheduled flight: a one hour and 40-minute flight on a Sikorsky S-38 amphibious aircraft from Honolulu to Hilo on the Island of Hawaii, via Kahului, Maui.
To preserve its past as it looks toward the future, Hawaiian also marked today´s special occasion by enshrining “HAL,” a Hawaiian Airlines Time Capsule, beneath a stairwell in the new facility. A miniaturized reproduction of an LD3 cargo container, HAL was imagined by Hawaiian´s Archivist, Capt. Rick Rogers. Capt. Rogers joined Hawaiian in 1987 as a De Havilland Dash 7 pilot and went on to fly the Douglas DC-8 and DC-9 aircraft, then the Boeing 717s and 767s before leaving the cockpit in 2010 to launch and manage an archive rich with 88 years of memorabilia.
HawaiianÂ®, the world´s most punctual airline as reported by OAG, has led all US carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 13 years (2004-2016) as reported by the US Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by CondÃ© Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai´i.
Now in its 89th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai´i´s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the US Mainland.
Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai´i from more US gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 250 daily flights system-wide.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.