HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaiian Airlines plane that's tail-numbered N594 is no more — at least when it comes to transporting passengers to and from the U.S. mainland.
The airline on Monday said goodbye 'Ulili, the final Boeing 767 aircraft still flying in its fleet, retiring the plane just hours after it landed in Honolulu.
The aircraft was flown across the Pacific, from Sacramento to Oahu, earlier in the day.
“The 767 has been an enormous part of our history,” said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airline’s chief executive officer. “It really was the airplane that helped launch a lot of our international expansion, our first flights to places like Tokyo, Osaka and Sydney, Australia were all on 767s.”
The airline celebrated the flight’s service, with lei for arriving guests and crewmembers. And the ‘shakas’ thrown in the direction of the retired plane weren’t the only ones to be seen — the pilot who flew the aircraft from Sacramento to Honolulu was flying his final route before retirement, too.
“It was kinda surreal,” said Capt. David Valente, who has flown with the airline for nearly 20 years. "I’ve been with her since 2001. I’m gonna miss her.”
The airline announced early last year that it has placed an order for ten Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, at a price of nearly $3 billion, to replace the older Boeing aircraft in its fleet.