May 4. Hawaiian Airlines issued its 2022 Corporate Kuleana (Responsibility) Report, providing updates on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance and priorities, including new commitments to replace single-use plastics in cabin service by 2029 and locally source 40 percent of food and beverage for its Hawaii-based catering operations by 2025.
Hawaii’s largest and longest-serving carrier continues to advance an array of initiatives to reduce its environmental impact as it develops a roadmap to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Hawaiian is exploring sustainable aviation fuel opportunities, preparing to induct a fuel-efficient fleet of Boeing 787-9 aircraft as soon as next year, and partnering with Conservation International to offer a carbon offset program for travelers while committing to offset emissions from all of its employee business travel on the airline’s flights. Fleet modernization and fuel efficiency practices have driven progressive reductions in the carbon intensity of Hawaiian’s flight operations each year for the last four years.
Hawaiian also reaffirmed its focus on sustainable tourism last fall by producing a Travel Pono (Responsibly) in-flight video as the state of Hawaii began welcoming more visitors and COVID-19-related travel restrictions have eased. The pre-arrival educational spot features airline employees who provide tips on how Hawaiian’s guests can safely enjoy the islands while respecting communities, the culture and the environment. In addition, Hawaiian last year offered significant funding to travel2change, a Hawai’i nonprofit helping to train and scale organizations hosting regenerative tourism experiences.
To address plastic pollution, Hawaiian is committing to replacing 50% of single-use plastics from in-flight service items with sustainable alternatives by 2025 and 100 percent by 2029. Hawaiian expects to replace about 142,000 plastic bottles served onboard annually in a pilot project using aluminum bottles from water company Mananalu.