Hawaiian Airlines is expanding its inter-island shipping service – branded “Ohana by Hawaiian” and operated by Empire Airlines – with three ATR 72 turboprop aircraft in freighter configuration, the company announced on 21 July 2015.
The new aircraft will start flying from the first half of 2016, between Honolulu IAP and the airports of Kona, Kahului, Līhu’e and Hilo. Each aircraft can carry up to 18,000 pounds (8,164 kg) of cargo and will be able to handle five 88-by-108-inch aircraft pallets or up to seven LD3 containers, skidded cargo and oversized shipments.
Hawaiian’s Ohana brand already operates the ATR 42 configured in for the passenger role with 48 seats (see painting job video by Hawaiian Airlines up here). The livery of the new aircraft will be similar, created by Hilo-based artist Sig Zane and his son Kūha’o.
Ohana by Hawaiian was launched in March 2014. Hawaiian Airlines was the first US airline certified to ship cargo in 1942.
Source: Hawaiian Airlines
Featured image: ATR 42 of Ohana by Hawaiian (Image © Hawaiian Airlines)