10 February 2014

JT8D Celebrates 50 Years

The Pratt & Whitney JT8D power plant celebrates its 50 years of service. It has been the mainstay engine for the 727, the 737 Original, the DC-9, and the MD-80. The JT8D has been in Hawai‘i since the late 1960s when Aloha Airlines brought in their 737-200s and Hawaiian Airlines brought in their DC-9-10s.

Hawaiian operated their DC-9s (Series 15, 30, 50 and MD-80) from 1966 to 2001.

Aloha operated their 737-200s from 1969 to 2008.

Continental's Air Micronesia operated 727s out of HNL for their "Island Hopper" flights throughout from the 1970s to 1990s. Up until recently, the US Air Force and US Navy C-9s frequently transited through HIK.

Presently, Aloha Air Cargo (737-200Fs), Asia Pacific Airlines (727-200Fs), and TransAir (737-200Fs) are airlines in Hawai‘i using the JT8D on their aircraft.

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