Hawaiian Airlines Pilot Hat Badge 1st Issue
Honolulu, HI 1929-Current
Inter-Island Airways, the forerunner of the airline which is now known as Hawaiian Airlines, was incorporated on January 30, 1929. Inter-Island Airways, a subsidiary of Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company, began operations on October 6, 1929 providing short sightseeing flights over Oahu. Scheduled service began a month later on November 11 with a flight from Honolulu to Hilo. On October 1, 1941, the name was changed to Hawaiian Airlines when the company phased out flying boats. In 1966 jet travel started with the acquisition of Douglas DC-9 aircraft. Hawaiian Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 21, 2003 with operations still continuing. The company emerged from bankruptcy protection on June 2, 2005, with reduced operating costs and investment from RC Aviation, a unit of San Diego based Ranch Capital, which bought a majority share in parent company Hawaiian Holdings Inc in 2004. On August 27, 2007 Hawaiian Airlines said it will begin nonstop service to the Philippines in March 2008. Expansion to other Asian countries soon followed. Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.