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Hawaiian Airlines, HawaiianMiles Members Donated 35 Million Miles in 2019



As a way to give back to those in need, Hawaiian Airlines announced the carrier and its HawaiianMiles members donated 35 million miles to 13 local nonprofits in 2019.

Hawaiian Airlines’ member giving program awarded each charitable organization an average of 2.8 million miles to support services aligned with the carrier’s corporate pillars of culture, education, environment and health and human services in Hawaii.

The 35 million total miles awarded to charities marks the most significant annual donation since the giving program was launched in 2005. The airline matches up to a half-million miles of the total contributions made annually to each nonprofit.

“Our HawaiianMiles members achieved an incredible milestone and their record-breaking generosity is a testament to how truly special Hawaii is,” Hawaiian Airlines managing director Bryan Kapeckas said in a statement. “Each donation of airline miles – no matter the size – resulted in an impactful investment back into our community, and we couldn’t be more thankful.”

In 2019, HawaiianMiles members donated 28 million miles, which more than doubled the 10.4 million miles given in 2018. Hawaiian Airlines contributed a company match of seven million miles last year that resulted in a record year-end total of 35 million miles.

In addition to the HawaiianMiles member contribution, the airline also gifted 19.2 million miles to over 150 Hawaii nonprofits in 2019 via its Team Kokua Giving Program.

Hawaiian Airlines announced the benefiting organizations:

—American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific

—American Red Cross of Hawaii

—Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii

—Blood Bank of Hawaii

—Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL)

—Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawai‘iloa

—Hawaiian Humane Society


—Make A Wish Hawaii

—Maui Forward Bird Recovery Program

—National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii

—Shriners Hospital for Children of Honolulu

—Special Olympics Hawaii

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United Puts Financial Losses Into Shocking Perspective



With the demand for travel at an all-time low thanks to stay-at-home directives and severe travel restrictions, United Airlines on Thursday put the industry’s financial losses into a stark perspective.

According to the aviation blog The Points Guy, which had privy to view a virtual town hall held by the carrier, United is losing “over $100 million a day” due to the impact of the coronavirus global pandemic, United president Scott Kirby said.

Kirby conducted the town hall along with current CEO Oscar Munoz, who is stepping down in favor of Kirby later this year.

As The Points Guy pointed out, United cut almost 70 percent of its schedule in April with further cuts likely for May—as all airlines have. In fact, predictions going forward are dire. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said they expect airlines to lose a collective $61 billion in the second quarter of this year (April, May and June).

United said it will pursue some of the $25 billion in grants available for employee compensation from the U.S. government stimulus package, as well as consider whether to apply for some of the $25 billion in loans. But this is all uncharted territory for the industry, even after the financial devastation from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

“One of the lessons from this is, our stress test from 9/11 wasn’t stressful enough,” Kirby said in reference to United’s preparations and need for cash to keep operating.

United has not decided whether to permanently retire any jets as a result of the coronavirus, according to The Points Guy.

“If we want to emerge stronger, if we want to emerge the world’s leading airline on the other side of this, we have to have flexibility,” he said.

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