Representing the only US state located in the Pacific Ocean and composed entirely of islands, Hawaiian Airlines operates in a unique environment.
The airline tells Air Cargo Week that Hawaii’s island economy relies heavily on imports such as perishables including dairy, meat, grains and produce.
Other items coming into Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport include industrial machinery, electrical machinery, apparel and seafood. Agricultural products including tree nuts and tropical fruits are the largest export.
Hawaiian Airlines says: “We import over 61,700 tonnes of cargo annually to Hawai‘i from both the US Mainland and internationally, with a total value of over $335.7 million. We export nearly 30,300 tonnes of cargo each year to US Mainland and international locations, with a value of about $151.2 million.”
The islands are connected with ATR-72 turboprop freighter services, which continues to grow and streamline operations. This is a major focus area with daily flights from Honolulu to Lihu’e Airport and Hilo International Airport.
The airline says: “In early 2020, we will add a third ATR-72 to our cargo fleet, allowing us to further broaden our existing statewide network.”
The fleet of 20 Boeing 717s also supplement regional freight, while Boeing 787-9s will be entering service from 2021, providing long-haul capacity.
The airline says: “This spacious aircraft will allow us to continue providing unmatched value to both new and existing customers by meeting their shipping needs between Hawai‘i, and our US mainland and international networks.”