Hawaiian Air’s Matheny on adding capacity where it counts

Perhaps best known for its role in connecting commodity flows between the contiguous United States and the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaiian Air Cargo is doubling down on its intra-island cargo service with the introduction of dedicated freighters. Driven in part by booming e-commerce demand spurring demand for perishable flows into and off the islands, last summer […]

Hawaiian renews SmartKargo contract for five years

Hawaiian Airlines said it has renewed its five-year contract with cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) firm SmartKargo to manage the carrier’s airfreight business. Hawaiian was the first U.S.-based carrier to adopt the SmartKargo cloud platform in 2014, and later implemented the company’s Go Live service in 2015. “As a result, our team was able to further digitize […]

Hawaiian Airlines commenced scheduled turboprop freighter flights

This week, Hawaiian Airlines’ subsidiary Ohana commenced its long-anticipated scheduled inter-island freighter services with the launch of flights between Honolulu Airport (HNL), Līhu‘e (LIH) and Hilo (ITO),  operated by Idaho-based Empire Airlines. The two freighter-converted ATR 72-200 aircraft underwent conversion to freighter configuration by Switzerland-based IPR Conversions at Empire Airlines’ MRO facility in Idaho, and can […]

Proposed Delta-Aeromexico antitrust immunity faces opposition

Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico can set prices and coordinate schedules for flights between the U.S. and Mexico, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) tentatively ruled last Friday, but the ruling comes with caveats and faces challenges from other U.S. carriers. The proposal grants the airlines partial immunity from U.S. antitrust law. In addition, the […]

Hawaiian Airlines takes page from ASPIRE for Earth Day

Although the air cargo and aviation industries are hardly paragons of environmental excellence, given the number of daily flights, even small reductions can have a great impact. For today – Earth Day – at least one carrier is trying to do its part to reduce its global carbon footprint. To celebrate Earth Day, Hawaiian Airlines […]

Buoyant Kiwis enjoy high yields, but can it last?

Don’t look now, but Air New Zealand (ANZ) is in expansion mode. In early March, the airline announced the resumption of flights to Osaka this coming November, ending a three-year hiatus that began when its Japan flights were consolidated in Tokyo during a weak market. The announcement came not long after the launch of new […]

Hawaiian says aloha to inter-island cargo

Hawaiian Airlines plans to add three ATR 72 turboprop aircraft in an all-cargo configuration to its fleet in order to expand its inter-island cargo delivery. The new service will begin in the first half of 2016, with flights between Honolulu International Airport and Kona , Kahului , Līhuʻe  and Hilo. The new service will be […]