Hawaiian plans capacity growth after 2017 passenger record

first_imgPhoto Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Airlines’ growth strategy continued to pay dividends in 2017 as passenger numbers hit a record 11.5 million to deliver 13 consecutive years of growth.Passenger numbers on Hawaii’s biggest and longest-serving airline were up 4.1 per cent as it filled more seats on its planes and boosted its load factor by 1.5 percentage points to 85.8 per cent.About half the growth came from Japan, according to vice president of network planning and revenue management Brent Overbeek, as the airline benefited from investments in growing capacity and passenger volumes, especially in Tokyo.Read our review of Hawaiian.It also added capacity on inter-island routes such as Kona-Lihue (on the island of Kauai) and Honolulu-Kapalua (Maui) while experiencing solid growth in many mature markets, Overbeek said.While Hawaiian has not said how many extra passengers it expects in 2018, it plans  to increase capacity by 6.5 per cent.This includes new  routes to the mainland such as its Airbus A321neo services between Kahului on Maui to Oakland.Hawaiian took delivery of its first of 18 A321neo aircraft in November and plans to use the fuel-efficient aircraft to help boost services to the US West Coast.The 189-passenger aircraft features 16 leather recliners in the Premium Cabin, 45 Extra Comfort premium economy seats, and 128 economy seats.The mid-range aircraft, which will complement twin-aisle jet services to 11 gateway US cities, opens up new destinations for Hawaiian and it this week  added a daily Long Beach-Honolulu A321neo service starting May 31 to the list.The year-round service joins Portland -Kahului, due to start on January 18, Oakland- Lihue ( April 11) and  San Diego-Kahului (May 1). Los Angeles -Kona (Hawaii) will join the roster in the summer.In the pipeline for the airline’s fleet of Airbus A330s is increased capacity to Japan and New Zealand. Hawaiian and Japan Airlines plan to codeshare from March in a partnership that will provide passengers of both carriers with more options.Prospects are also promising for the airline’s services between the Hawaiian Islands, where it provides about 170 jet flights daily“The trends we are seeing for travel within the islands of Hawaii are also strong,’’ Overbeek said.The record passenger result comes as Hawaiian chief executive Mark Dunkerley retires in March and hands over the reins to chief commercial officer Peter Ingram.Hawaiian doubled the number of passengers flown under Dunkerley as it added service to destinations such as Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Seoul and Beijing and started new routes to Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Australia and New York City.Over the same period,  the company’s gross revenues increased four-fold to $US2.64 billion and its  share price rose from a 52-week low of 29 cents in 2003 to $US60.90 over a 52-week period ending November.last_img read more

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10 Smart Clothes You’ll Be Wearing Soon

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Networked Jacket According to a report from GizmoWatch a couple of years ago, Lunar design’s BLU Jacket is a futuristic concept that could make walking billboards a reality. Lunar Design used organic fabrics containing semiconductors in the BLU Jacket, in order to display your moods through signs and colors. This BLU Jacket also has a GPS module built into it. So if someone asks you directions, you could theoretically project a map onto your jacket’s sleeve through it’s flexible display. Or, asks GizmoWatch, “how about getting paid for displaying advertisements on your jacket?”Neuro Headset The Emotiv EPOC neuroheadset is for gamers and is available for $299. It’s described as “a high resolution, neuro-signal acquisition and processing wireless neuroheadset.” The headset uses a set of sensors to “tune into electric signals produced by the brain to detect player thoughts, feelings and expressions and connects wirelessly to most PCs.”According to the company, the headset can detect emotions such as anger, excitement and tension, as well as facial expressions and cognitive actions like pushing and pulling objects.Thought Helmet Let’s get very futuristic for a minute. Six Revisions references an article in Time from September 2008, which claims that the U.S. Army is actively pursuing “thought helmets” for secure mind-to-mind communication between soldiers. The goal “is a system where entire military systems could be controlled by thought alone. While this kind of technology is still far off, the fact that the military has awarded a $4 million contract to a team of scientists from the University of California at Irvine, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Maryland means that we might be seeing prototypes of these systems within the next decade.”Image: WikimediaiPod WatchBack to the now, and there are already a range of iPod watches available from different manufacturers. These watches let you control your iPod using your wireless watch. “Joseph Wang and colleagues at the University of California San Diego, La Jolla have developed a method for printing biosensors directly onto clothing. To form the sensors, Wang screen-printed carbon electrode arrays directly onto the elastic bands of mens’ underwear. The tight contact and direct exposure to the skin allows hydrogen peroxide and the enzyme NADH, which are both associated with numerous biomedical processes, to be monitored using the sensor, explains Wang.”NanofibersTo round out our list, we go a level down the clothing chain and look at next generation fabrics. Delta Farm Press reports that Cornell University’s Department of Textiles and Apparel aims to develop fibers that have computing devices in them. An example use case is a shirt “made of cotton threads coated with a thin layer of semiconductor polymers and nanoparticles that conduct electric and can power your cell phone or iPod or monitor your heartbeat, brainwaves, and other functions.” The University is also investigating “textiles that can act as sensors that could be used to detect the presence of hazardous bacteria, such as E. coli or anthrax.” A further example is smart clothes made of fibers that can change colors – “one appropriate for daytime business environment, a different one for nighttime socializing.” One thing is for sure with all ten of these examples of ‘smart clothing’ – at least some of the clothing that we wear in the future is likely to be networked, in one form or another!Thanks to Deane Rimerman, who provided research for this article. Tags:#Features#Internet of Things#web Heart Sensing Bra The Numetrex heart sensing bra uses electronic modules and silver coated electrodes to pick up a person’s heart rate and transmit the data to a watch worn on the wrist. Says NuMetrex Marketing Director Meg Burich, “It’s a comfortable way to wear a heart rate monitor, because we knit flexible heart sensing fibers directly into the fabric of the garment. There’s no hard plastic belt to strap around your chest.”Smart Running ShoesNike+ running shoes come with a sensor that tracks your run, then sends the data to your iPod. It even has its own social network and can automatically tweet and post a status report on Facebook.See ReadWriteWeb’s review of the Nike+ shoes.center_img Related Posts In the emerging Internet of Things, everyday objects are becoming networked. Clothing is no exception. It’s still early days for Web-enabled clothes – the best example so far is the Nike+ running shoe, which contains sensors that connect to the user’s iPod. But expect to see everything from your shirt to your underwear networked in the not too distant future.In the following list of ten ‘smart clothing’ items, we showcase Internet pants, a proximity sensing shirt, a heart sensing bra, biosensor underwear, a “thought helmet”, and more!Motion Detecting Pants Now, we’re know what you’re thinking – it’s already pretty easy to detect ‘motion’ in pants isn’t it? Nevertheless, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg has developed a pair of pants “that detect movement and let a computer know your every move.” These smart pants work via a loom that helps sew the wires and fabric together. Sensors embedded in the fabric measure the speed, rotation and flexibility of the pants with every movement. Wireless signals are sent from the pants to a computer to display the activity. The scientists at Virginia Polytechnic don’t yet know why this activity would be useful (to a computer), but we’re sure that use cases will arise.Proximity Sensing ShirtThe Locked ON Proximity Sensing T-Shirt is currently available at the ThinkGeek store. It features a “radar screen” on the shirt that scans for matching shirts. If you get within a few meters of your counterpart wearing the same shirt, the radar on your shirt “locks on” and detects the other. This could be useful for love or war – the video below shows the latter scenario. Biosensor UnderwearRSC Publishing reported recently that US scientists have developed durable biosensors that can be printed directly onto clothing, to allow continuous biomedical monitoring outside hospitals. 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