Hawaiian Airlines Unveils First Flagship Dreamliner – Airways | Airlines

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DALLAS — Hawaiian Airlines (HA) formally unveiled its new flagship aircraft and its name on Friday as the carrier showed off its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to employees, guests, and media at a ceremony in Honolulu.

“This day has been a long time coming – in fact, today marks almost six years to the date when we first announced our investment in the 787-9 as the new flagship fleet for our company,” said Peter Ingram, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, during his welcome remarks.

“Mahalo to Boeing for working collaboratively with us as we adjusted the delivery schedule and to our entire 787-9 team for managing our project and getting our first aircraft to its new home here in Honolulu.”

Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram during his welcoming remarks. Photo provided by Hawaiian Airlines.

The aircraft was delivered the previous week and flew nonstop from Charleston, South Carolina, to Honolulu. This is the second 787-9 that Boeing has built for HA; the first, which has not yet been delivered (N780HA MSN 66428 l/n 1097), has been in storage and rework since it rolled off the final assembly line back in 2021. N781HA (MSN 66429 l/n 1182) was delivered first, as the N780HA was seen back in Everett late last week.

Boeing leadership joined HA and its employees at Charles I. Elliott Maintenance and Cargo Facility for a special ceremony and formal Hawaiian blessing.

“From the moment you step onboard, you’ll see that the Hawaiian culture is woven into the design of this 787 Dreamliner. It immediately connects passengers to the beauty of the islands,” said Darren Hulst, vice president of commercial marketing at Boeing. “It’s an honor to know this airplane will bring Hawai’i to the world for years to come.”

Photo provided by Hawaiian Airlines

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Approximately 1,500 employees and guests were on hand for the ceremony and aircraft tours. HA is…

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