Hawaiian Airlines Turns 88, Celebrates with Opening of New Maintenance Facility

By Anna Breuer on 13 November 2017
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A Hawaiian 717 in Kona.

A Hawaiian 717 in Kona.

Hawaiian Airlines commemorated the 88th anniversary of its maiden flight on Monday. On November 13, 1921, Captain Charles I. Elliott piloted the carrier’s first flight, from Honolulu to Hilo, a 40-minute journey on a Sikorsky S-38 amphibious aircraft.

To celebrate, the airline dedicated the new Charles I. Elliott Maintenance and Cargo Facility, a 21-acre (8.5-hectare) site that includes a 95,800-square-foot (8,900-square-meter) hangar capable of accommodating five Boeing 717 aircraft simultaneously. The new facility is also home to a two-story office building, indoor maintenance and cargo operations, and a parking lot.

The Elliott Maintenance and Cargo Facility replaces the airline’s open-air facilities at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, which the airline first opened in 1962 and has since outgrown.

“It is fitting that we name our new maintenance and cargo facility after the man who laid the foundation stone of the airline’s first hangar, and then led our flight and maintenance operations at the very start of Hawaiian Airlines, 88 years ago today,” said Mark Dunkerley, the carrier’s CEO. “This hangar opening marks a new chapter for Hawaiian Airlines.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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