Hawaiian Airlines Introduces State-of-the-Art A330 Simulator for Pilot
For the first time in decades, pilots can complete training on-site at
Hawaiian's own facilities
HONOLULU, July 2, 2013
HONOLULU, July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii's largest and
longest serving airline, has unveiled a state-of-the-art Airbus A330 Full
Flight Simulator (FFS) at its corporate headquarters to provide on-site
training for its pilots. The simulator is manufactured by Sim-Industries, a
subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, and allows Hawaiian to continue its Advanced
Qualification Program for pilots using the most advanced and sophisticated
technology available. Hawaiian is the first and only Hawaii-based airline to
have a FFS on-site for its pilots. The multi-million-dollar investment is
estimated to return $3.6 million in cost savings every year.
"This means that Hawaiian Airlines' pilots can now complete their
qualification at our facilities here in Honolulu, and our company can manage
our costs as we continue to expand our business and sustain our position as a
world-class airline," said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines president and
Prior to the installation of the FFS, Hawaiian utilized third-party simulation
facilities in Florida at significant expense to the company. By integrating
superior image generators from leading visual manufacturers with cutting-edge
display technology, various emergency scenarios can be simulated. The FFS
features 3D realistic detailing of different major airport scenes and
environments including clouds, fog, storms, rain, snow, thunder, buildings
roads, bridges, trees and cityscapes that are indistinguishable from the real
Construction is currently underway for a new facility where the FFS is housed,
and will include classrooms and offices for instructors and pilots when it is
There are currently 627 Hawaiian Airlines pilots, of which 233 fly the A330
aircraft. About 250 new and current A330 pilots are expected to use the FFS
this year, with 26 instructors to lead the Advanced Qualification Program.
Hawaiian currently has a fleet of 13 A330s, with 9 more slated to be delivered
by 2015, bringing the total to 22. The A330s are more fuel-efficient and have
longer operating range than Hawaiian's fleet of Boeing 767-300 aircraft,
allowing Hawaiian to open new nonstop routes between Hawaii and visitor
markets throughout North America and East Asia.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past
nine years (2004-2012) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Consumer surveys by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all
ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai'i.
Now in its 84^th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai'i's biggest and
longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air
service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers
nonstop service to Hawai'i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other
airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines,
Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, and Tahiti. New nonstop service will
begin between Honolulu and Taipei, Taiwan on July 9, 2013 and, subject to
government approvals, between Honolulu and Beijing, China in April 2014.
Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:
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SOURCE Hawaiian Airlines
Contact: Ann Botticelli, (808) 838-6758, Ann.Botticelli@HawaiianAir.com
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