Hawaiian Airlines has announced that it will begin Amazon cargo flights in the fourth quarter of 2023. The airline has signed an agreement with Amazon, after receiving ten A330s, exclusively for the e-commerce giant.
Hawaiian Airlines has been looking for ways to expand its business beyond passenger flights. With this new agreement, the US airline will be able to provide cargo services to one of the largest e-commerce companies in the world. The deal with Amazon is expected to significantly increase the airline’s cargo business, which is currently limited to carrying cargo on passenger planes.
The new cargo flights will operate from Honolulu to cities on the West Coast of the United States, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Hawaiian Airlines plans to invest more than forty million dollars to upgrade its cargo facilities at Honolulu International Airport to handle the additional capacity of Amazon flights.
This move by HA is strategic, as the airline seeks to diversify its sources of revenue and reduce its reliance on passenger travel. The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the airline industry and many airlines have been forced to look for other sources of revenue to stay afloat.
Amazon’s cargo flights are also expected to create hundreds of new jobs in Hawaii, as well as in the cities where the flights will operate. The partnership with Amazon is an important development for Hawaiian Airlines and should generate significant revenue for the airline in the years to come.