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HONOLULU: August 13, 2018. Hawaiian Airlines has introduced ATR-72 freighter services between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Līhu‘e Airport (LIH) and Hilo International Airport (ITO) to carry construction and household supplies for disaster relief projects in Hanalei on Kaua‘i and Puna on the Island of Hawai‘i.

One of the airline’s new ATR-72 freighters was loaded with 1,020 pounds of construction tools bound for Līhu‘e to be used by Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity in repairing homes for low-income residents affected by last April’s devastating storms.

A second flight to Hilo carried 1,815 pounds of furniture for 20 micro-houses built by HOPE Services Hawai‘i to shelter families affected by the ongoing Kīlauea volcano lava flow. Employees of a local family-owned hardware store City Mill packed the items and added their own donations.

Hawaiian ATR freighterAlso aboard the flight from Honolulu to Hilo were 23 boxes of school supplies collected by Hawaiian employees and being delivered to Pāhoa Elementary.

“We are honored to utilize our new cargo operation to help support our neighbors in need,” said Peter Ingram, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines. “We couldn’t think of a better partner in this effort than City Mill, another long-time kama’aina company.”

“My grandfather liked to quote an old Chinese saying: ‘When you drink water, remember the source,’” said Steven Ai, City Mill president and CEO. “Our success comes from the community and even though we’re not on the islands of Kaua‘i or the Big Island, we believe we need to help all those who live in the state of Hawai‘i.”

“We are so grateful for the generosity of Hawaiian Airlines and City Mill,” added Steven Spears, executive director of Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity. “We provided a long ‘wish list’ of materials, from face masks to jig saws, and we can’t wait to unpack the boxes and continue making critical home repairs during the long road to recovery island wide.”

The new freighter operation will also include flights between HNL and Kahului Airport (OGG) and Kona International Airport (KOA) with the arrival of two more aircraft next year.

“The ATR-72s enable us to meet the cargo needs of our customers and businesses while streamlining and growing our shipping operations throughout Hawai‘i and beyond,” Ingram noted.

Hawaiian’s ATR-72s can accommodate up to seven LD-3 containers, enabling the airline to transfer cargo between the islands and destinations in Asia, the South Pacific and the US mainland via A330, A321neo and B767 aircraft.

“We are excited to offer our customers a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all their cargo needs,” said Brad Matheny, the airline’s managing director of Cargo Services. “The ATR-72 is the perfect aircraft to get the job done and symbolizes our continued dedication to our community as Hawai‘i’s hometown carrier.”

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