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Project Experience: Hawaiian Airlines / Multiple Pacific Airports, U.S.

The Challenge

Hawaiian Airlines is replacing its Boeing 767-300 fleet with Airbus A330 aircraft. Besides being a larger aircraft which is able to hold more passengers, the A330 is quieter and generates fewer emissions than the 767-300 in several categories. In order to begin service with these aircraft, HA is required to show that there will be no significant effects to the environment. HMMH needed to determine the 2008 operational activity at all 13 airports and the flight schedules and passenger loads for HA routes.

The Strategy

HMMH utilized the BTS-T-100 data for the operational levels and passenger loads along with the FAA ETMSC data to determine time of day operations. To determine HA’s activity, HMMH utilized the BTS On-time database for flight times and frequency. By utilizing data sources which covered all of the airports, HMMH was able to develop data queries and processes which could be used repeatedly for each individual airport analysis. This proved to be efficient and cost-effective for the client

The Solution

HMMH prepared a noise and air quality analysis for 13 airports on the West coast and in the Pacific area in support of an amendment to the Operation Specification for Hawaiian Airlines (HA). The analysis and report serves as the documentation for an FAA Categorical Exclusion (CATEX) for the amendment.

quoteHawaiian Airlines engaged HMMH to develop the environmental analysis relating to our introduction of Airbus A330 aircraft this Spring. Given that the aircraft could be deployed anywhere in our system, this involved a large number of airports. HMMH completed the analysis and coordination with several months to spare, and well within budgeting constraints. HMMH’s assistance with airport authorities and their overall flexibility and responsiveness to our needs helped simplify our approval process with the FAA, freeing up staff and management time for other induction requirements. quote— Marc Kup, Senior Director, Flight Ops Engineering, Hawaiian Airlines