Todd Mihara, captain on Hawaiian Airlines’ inaugural flight to Brisbane in Australia, flashed the “shaka” sign, signaling ‘all clear’ from the cockpit. Traditional Hula dancers and a special Maile Lei blessing ceremony were awaited passengers in Honolulu.
- Hawaiian Airlines celebrated the launch of scheduled fights between its Honolulu, HI (HNL) base and Brisbane (BNE), Australia. On 28 November, Hawaii’s oldest airline connected the third-largest Australian city with Honolulu offering three weekly flights. Operated with B767-300ERs, the airline now offers 264 seats on each flight, allowing domestic connections and access to and from the US mainland. Notably, the route was sought after by Brisbane in The Route Shop and Hawaiian Airlines is now the sole carrier to serve it. This is the airline’s second destination to Australia, along with a daily service to Sydney.