Hawaiian Airlines celebrates 90 years of flying

It's been 90 years since the very first Hawaiian Airlines flight took off on Monday, November 11.

The first Hostesses at Hawaiian Airlines were hired in 1943.
The first Hostesses at Hawaiian Airlines were hired in 1943. Photo credit: Hawaiian Airlines

The flight was short in comparison to some of the flights the airline operates these days, flying from Honolulu to Maui, then on to Hilo.

The fleet in 1929 consisted of just three aircraft - two 8-seater amphibious Sikorskys, and one Bellanca monoplane.  

DC-9 dedication: Hawaiian Airlines became an all-jet airline in 1966 with the DC-9. The first of the fleet was blessed in the Hawaiian style in 1966.
DC-9 dedication: Hawaiian Airlines became an all-jet airline in 1966 with the DC-9. The first of the fleet was blessed in the Hawaiian style in 1966. Photo credit: Hawaiian Airlines

The Bellanca offered short sightseeing flights costing $5 per passenger, or $73 in today's money. This historic aircraft is still flying today.

In the first year, 10,000 people flew with Hawaiian Airlines, and in its 90th year, the airline carries at least 10 million passengers a year, on a fleet of over 54 aircraft.

Inter-Island Aiways Sikorsky S-38 shown above Windward O‘ahu.
Inter-Island Aiways Sikorsky S-38 shown above Windward O‘ahu. Photo credit: Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines services to New Zealand began in 2013, and its arrival also brought with it a massive reduction in airfares to Hawaii.

Now, return airfares can be found for as low as $700. Fares were as much as double that before the airline began flying into Auckland.

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