12 January 2011

Hawaiian Launches ICN Service

Choo ka (Congratulations)!

Hawaiian Airlines launched service between ICN and HNL with the inaugural flight leaving HNL today. N592HA, "Hunakai", a 767-3CBER (c/n 33468) made the flight with over 100 people on-board. Included were Kahu Danny Akaka Jr, KHON reporter Marisa Yamane, and HA's Blaine Miyasato and Peter Ingram.

In the top photo, "Hunakai" is towed to Gate 34 while a Korean Air 747-4B5 taxies on Taxiway A to Runway 8R as KAL52 to ICN.

KHON's Marisa Yamane interviews Hawaiian Air's CFO Peter Ingram before the festivities. She and her camerman boarded the flight to do reports in Seoul.

Hawaiian music and hula were performed by the Hawaiian Air Serenaders to begin the festivities. Speeches were made by Hawaiian Air CFO Peter Ingram and Lt. Gov Brian Schatz.

A traditional Korean dance, "The Flower & The Honey Bee", performed by the Chum-Sa-Rang Dance Troupe.

Kahu Danny Akaka Jr performed a Hawaiian blessing before the flight crews, cabin crews, and passengers boarded HAL459.

Each passenger received a lei right before boarding "Hunakai".

Hawaiian Air, go mab seum ni da!

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