Hawaiian Airlines (HA/HAL) has retired their sole B767-300ER (registered as N594HA) on 7th of January, 2019 after operating as flight HA19 (HAL19) originating from Sacramento to Honolulu (HNL/PHNL). Therefore, putting an end to 18-years of operating history for this type in Hawaiian. The airline operated a total of 18 763s in that tenure.
Let’s Go Back In History
The first of this type of aircraft was introduced in the airline back in 2001, when time came to replace the ageing DC10s in service. The first B767-300 in the airline was registered as N580HA, and was a factory-fresh aircraft from Boeing’s field. It was equipped with 2X PW4000 engines and had no overwing exits. It was also installed with the old Boeing-style interior which was evident during that time and the aircraft type was basically a non-winglet version, but had an aftermarket winglets installation later in June 2010. The aircrafts which followed the similar outline as N580HA were registered as N581HA and N582HA.
Another set of factory-fresh B767-300s had entered in service with Hawaiian Airlines during it’s 18-year long tenure, which were also equipped with 2X PW4000 workhorses, but here it had the newer Boeing signature style interior and included the over-wing exits. The aircraft on the time of delivery had no winglets and was retrofitted with winglets in 2010. The aircrafts with these specifications were registered in series as N587HA, N588HA, N589HA, N590HA, N591HA, N592HA and N593HA. All of these aircrafts had left service with Hawaiian Airlines during the period of 2015-18 and were brought by Air Canada Rouge (AC/RV/RVL) and United Airlines (UA/UAL). The Air Canada Rouge operates this aircraft as per their daily schedule, and United Airlines took the deliveries of these aircraft in 2018, and is set to put these aircraft in service by this year.
Within that period of time, the airline also inducted ex-LTU aircrafts into their fleet which were known to have higher GTOWs (Gross Takeoff Weight) and was delivered to LTU (1955-2009, LT/LTU) during the 1989-92 tenure. They were delivered to Hawaiian on 2002, and was powered with PW4000 engines. These aircrafts never got winglet retrofit and were stored and scrapped by 2013. The aircrafts which were equipped with such specifications were registered as N583HA, N584HA, N585HA, N586HA.
Later in the year 2006, the airline also inducted ex- Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-300s which were powered by the General Electric CF6 Engines. Delta had taken the deliveries of these aircrafts in 1986 and were already about 20-years old when Hawaiian Airlines took delivery of them. These aircrafts were enhanced to -ER status along with major interior refurshbishments took place to give the aircraft the new feel and served the airline for the upcoming 12 years. The aircraft bearing these characteristics were registered as N594HA, N596HA, N597HA, N598HA. These all aircraft have recently left service and has been stored from January 2019.
The 767-300s were scheduled to leave the service earlier, with the deliveries of newer aircrafts like the Airbus A330-200. However with delays in the deliveries of Airbus A321neo which were meant as replacement of 767s, along with cancellation of A330-800neo and A350-900 caused the airline to put more load on their already ageing 767s. The carrier even pressed one retired 767 back into temporary service, as said by chief executive of Hawaiian, Peter Ingram.
Few of Hawaiian 763s will be still in service, however they will be flying under different colours. The recently retired airframes registered as N588HA, N590HA, N592HA have went to United Airlines. The new registrations for these aircrafts are as follows N684UA, N685UA, N686UA. The N684UA is currently in Hong Kong (HKG/VHHH), undergoing new cabin retrofit and currently N685UA and N686UA are stored at Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR/KGYR), awaiting for its turn to fly in skies soon.
The ageing 767s were used to connect the Hawaiian cities like Honolulu and Kahluiui (OGG/PHOG) to the west-coast of United States like Sacramento (SMF/KSMF), San Jose (SJC/KSJC), Oakland (OAK/KOAK) and occasionally Los Angeles (LAX/KLAX) where the flight duration basically lasts around 04-05 hours.
However it’s amazing to see an airline was operating an aircraft which is over three decades old. In todays world, several commercial airlines which transport passengers throughout, prefer to keep their fleet new to maintain the average fleet age in their records, but there are indeed few exceptions like Hawaiian and many more airlines. Despite the 767 being introduced in 1981, Boeing continues to produce the non-passenger variants of this aircraft to be used on military and freighter purposes. While the introduction of its successor B787 continued its path for passenger operations which entered commercial service in 2011.
After the retirement of the 767s the San Jose, Sacramento and Oakland sectors will be operated using the newer Airbus A321neo aircrafts which is considered to be one of the fuel efficient aircraft in the world.