It may be a while before travellers can include Hawaiian Airlines on their round-the-world air itinerary because the carrier has no intentions of joining an airline alliance anytime soon.

Hawaiian Airlines’ President and Chief Executive recently admitted at the CAPA Australia Pacific Summit in Sydney that an airline alliance “isn’t appropriate” for the carrier “for a variety of reasons”.

Although Peter Ingram didn’t elaborate on the reasons, he did say that it works in the airline’s favour to remain open to multiple airline relationships, particularly when it comes to the carrier’s neighbour island network.

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“We partner with a number of airlines on our neighbour island network, so it is important for us to be able to have a broad reach in airline partnership, not just focus on one or two partners.”

Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines President and Chief Executive

Sorry SkyTeam. Not today oneworld. Maybe another time Star Alliance.


During his presentation, Ingram also touched on Hawaiian Airlines’ move from bankruptcy in 2005 to one of the world’s most profitable airlines in 2017, saying that network and aircraft choice played a significant role in financial growth, along with unbeatable hospitality.

He said crew across the airline provide guests with an unmatchable service that comes from their innate sense of Hawaii and its culture.

“The core of our offering is service. We want people to feel as though we are caring for you as if we are caring for you in our home.”

“There’s a warmth our employees bring that we always get compliments about and we reinforce it in the culture of our business.”

Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines President and Chief Executive


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