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Hawaiian Airlines celebrates 50 years of accident-free air passenger service. – 11/11/1979


On the 11th of November 1979, Hawaiian Airlines celebrated 50 years of accident-free air passenger service, here’s a milestone of how far the airline has come since its inaugural flight in 1929 till 1979.

Hawaiian Airlines launched its inaugural flight on Nov. 11, 1929 from Honolulu to Hilo. At the time, that flight had to stop in Maui and took three hours and fifteen minutes roundtrip. It cost a whopping $15 (more than $200 in today’s money). Today, even though oil is three times more expensive, the 50-minute flight only sets you back $79.

On that first fight, passengers were given Wrigley’s gum to relieve ear pressure. Today, Hawaiian Airlines boasts that its the only domestic airline still serving those elusive complimentary meals — making it no wonder that Hawaiian Airlines was voted in the top three of Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards Best Airlines in the U.S.

As Hawaiian Airlines celebrates its 86th year of flying to paradise, let’s take a look back at some of the legendary airline’s firsts.

All photos and caption information courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines Corporate Communications.

    • 1929
      Hawaiian Airlines
      On Nov. 11, 1929, Inter-Island Airways (which would later become Hawaiian Airlines) had their first scheduled flight from Honolulu to Hilo, stopping at Maui.
    • 1930
      Hawaiian Airlines
      By 1930, the airline had carried a total of 10,367 passengers.
    • 1934
      Hawaiian Airlines
      In 1934, Inter-Island Airways was awarded Hawaii’s first neighbor island airmail service contract.
    • 1935
      Hawaiian Airlines
      In 1935, Inter-Island Airways added 16-passenger Sikorsky S€‘43s.
    • 1941
      Hawaiian Airlines
      In 1941, three new 24-passenger DC-€‘3s were flown in formation from Oakland, California, to Honolulu in 13 hours and 54 minutes — €”it was the longest over-water flight made by a DC-€‘3.
    • 1941
      Hawaiian Airlines
      In 1941, Inter-Island Airways changed its name to Hawaiian Airlines.
    • Dec. 7, 1941
      Hawaiian Airlines
      On Dec. 7, 1941, a Hawaiian Airlines DC-€‘3 no. 9 carrying 24 passengers was hit by Japanese fire at Pearl Harbor. An engine caught fire, but a stray bullet hit the fire extinguisher, putting out the flames. No one was hurt and the event made “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.”
    • 1943
      Hawaiian Airlines
      In 1943, Hawaiian Airlines hired its first flight attendants.
    • 1950
      Hawaiian Airlines
      In 1950, the National Safety Council presented Hawaiian Airlines with a 20-year award, the first airline in history to win this award.
  • 1952
    Hawaiian Airlines
    In 1952, Hawaiian Airlines introduced its first pressurized, air-conditioned cabin service with 44-passenger Convair 340s.
  • 1955
    Hawaiian Airlines
    In 1955, the airline converted five of its DC-3s to have large “viewmaster windows.”
  • 1960
    Hawaiian Airlines
    In 1960, Hawaiian Airlines began its commercial jet service from Los Angeles to Hawaii.
  • 1973
    Hawaiian Airlines
    In 1973, Hawaiian Airlines presented “Pualani” (flower of the sky) in its new logo.
  • 1979
    Hawaiian Airlines
    In 1979, an all-female crew became the first to operate a certified scheduled U.S. air carrier


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