Hawaiian Airlines debuts ‘Moana’-themed airplane

Published: Oct. 15, 2016 at 6:14 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The first of three custom "Moana"-themed Airbus A330 planes were revealed Saturday.

"We were inspired by the history of the great Polynesian voyagers," said Osnat Shurer, "Moana" producer. "They were the greatest navigators in the world, voyaging across the vast Pacific without the use of modern instruments. We're very excited to work with the modern-day voyagers of Hawaiian Airlines to help bring this story to the world."

The airplane, a collaboration between Hawaiian Airlines and The Walt Disney Studios, is adorned with imagery from the highly anticipated animated movie.

The inaugural decal design features four characters from the movie on Hawaiian's fuselage as they take off on a wayfinding journey, including the demigod Maui, the adventurous teenager Moana, and her two friends: Heihei the rooster and Pua the pig.

"At Hawaiian Airlines, we are modern navigators, carrying guests across vast oceans to experience the unparalleled beauty of our home and richness of our culture," said Peter Ingram, chief commercial officer for Hawaiian Airlines. "In important ways, Moana's voyage of discovery parallels that of our guests' own travel adventures, and we're pleased to work with Disney to take this wonderful story to the skies."

Dwayne Johnson, the voice of demigod Maui, and Aulii Cravalho, the Hawaii-born actress who is the voice of Moana, were among the first to see the inspiring design when the plane was revealed earlier today in a hangar at the airline's home base at Honolulu International Airport.

The planes will fly on Hawaiian's regularly scheduled U.S. domestic routes as well as to international destinations including Brisbane and Sydney, Australia; Osaka and Tokyo, Japan; and Auckland, New Zealand through March of 2017.

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