Hawaiian Airlines (IATA: HA, ICAO: HAL) is an American airline based in Hawaii. It operates domestic and international flights from its hub at Honolulu International Airport. In 2009, it serves 19 destinations, 200 flights daily and employs 3780 people.
Founded January 30, 1929 under the name of Inter-Island Airways Ltd.., Its maiden flight took place on November 11 of that year, the airport John Rodgers Honolulu to Maui and the island of Hawaii, using two Sikorsky S-38 seaplane, carrying eight passengers each. It took its current name in 1941 and introduced into its fleet the Douglas DC-3. With the advent of jet aircraft in the 60′s, air travel is growing in Hawaii.
In 1966, Hawaiian Airlines acquired its first Douglas DC-9, thereby reducing the inter-island flight times of 20 to 30 minutes. In 1984 the Douglas DC-8, she began charter flights to Pago Pago and Nuku’alofa. The following year in 1985, she bought five Lockheed L-1011 for its commercial flights and charters. On June 12, 1985 marks the inauguration of its daily flights between Hawaii and Los Angeles.
In January 1986, it expanded its network and start its flights to San Francisco and Seattle. In 1987, it continues its expansion in flying to Tahiti and Rarotonga. In 1990, the U.S. magazine Conde Nast Traveler class Hawaiian Airlines as one of the safest airlines in the world.
In 1993, she signed commercial agreements with American Airlines and replace its Lockheed L-1011 with McDonnell Douglas DC-102. In 2001, she began the renewal of its fleet by receiving 13 new Boeing 717 and the following year and in 2003, she received 14 new Boeing 7672. In 2009 it celebrates its 80th anniversary. On June 30, 2010, Hawaiian Airlines announced it will launch a route Honolulu – Seoul from January 20 113.