Hawaiian Airlines, in collaboration with The Walt Disney Studios, today unveiled the first of three custom Airbus A330 aircraft being adorned with imagery from the highly anticipated, CG-animated comedy adventure â€œMoana.â€ The inaugural decal design features four characters from the movie on Hawaiianâ€™s fuselage as they take off on a wayfinding journey, including the demigod Maui, the adventurous teenager Moana, and her two friends: Heihei the rooster and Pua the pig.
â€œAt Hawaiian Airlines, we are modern navigators, carrying guests across vast oceans to experience the unparalleled beauty of our home and richness of our culture,â€ said Peter Ingram, chief commercial officer for Hawaiian Airlines. â€œIn important ways, Moanaâ€™s voyage of discovery parallels that of our guestsâ€™ own travel adventures, and weâ€™re pleased to work with Disney to take this wonderful story to the skies.â€
Dwayne Johnson, the voice of demigod Maui, and Auliâ€˜i Cravalho, the HawaiÊ»i-born actress who is the voice of Moana, were among the first to see the inspiring design when the plane was revealed earlier today in a hangar at the airlineâ€™s home base at Honolulu International Airport (HNL). The surprise reveal was hosted by Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley at a special event attended by several hundred members of the airlineâ€™s Team KÅkua program — employees and their families who have volunteered their time and service to give back to the local community.
Next month, Hawaiian will reveal two additional livery designs featuring custom-made decals that show the characters interacting with the planes in dynamic and engaging ways. The unique artwork, created by Walt Disney Animation Studios in collaboration with Hawaiianâ€™s team, reimagines each aircraft as a modern-day voyaging canoe, flying Moana, Maui, and their friends to new and exciting destinations. A time-lapse video of the first decal application and images of the first new livery can beÂ found here.
The overhead luggage bins on all three â€œMoanaâ€-themed Airbus A330s are also being decorated with characters and artwork from the film. The planes will fly on Hawaiianâ€™s regularly scheduled U.S. domestic routes as well as to international destinations including Brisbane and Sydney, Australia; Osaka and Tokyo, Japan; and Auckland, New Zealand through March of 2017. Fans can track the course of each â€œMoanaâ€-themed plane in real time atÂ HawaiianAirlines.com/Moana.
Guests traveling to any of Hawaiianâ€™s domestic or international destinations will enjoy special inflight entertainment to include an exclusive welcome video inspired by the film, the â€œMoanaâ€ movie trailer, and Cravalhoâ€™s casting video. The airline will also offer co-branded, limited-edition products such as blankets, towels and childrenâ€™s and adult apparel. These items and more will be available for purchase inflight on select Hawaiian routes or online atÂ Shop.HawaiianAirlines.com.
Hawaiian also announced the Hawaiian Airlines Wayfinder Caption Contest which begins today and runs through Oct. 23 for fans in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. To enter, contestants will be asked to select one of three â€œMoanaâ€ illustrations and, in 150 words or less, capture the spirit of voyaging and wayfinding. Based on the quality and creativity of the caption, the winning entry will receive a Grand Prize trip for two to attend the Los Angeles premiere of â€œMoanaâ€ on Nov. 14. One runner-up will receive a First Place prize of 80,000 HawaiianMiles and a Second Place winner will receive a Hawaiian Airlines and Disney Moana co-branded gift pack. For more information and to enter, follow #SoaringWithDisneyMoana and visitÂ HawaiianAirlines.com/Moana.
According to â€œMoanaâ€ producer Osnat Shurer, the story of Moana, Maui and their heroic journey sprang from the imagination of the filmmakers, who were deeply inspired by the glorious people of Oceania.
â€œWe were inspired by the history of the great Polynesian voyagers,â€ said Shurer.
â€œThey were the greatest navigators in the world, voyaging across the vast Pacific without the use of modern instruments. They would do all of this using their knowledge of nature – the stars, the waves, and the currents. Weâ€™re very excited to work with the modern-day voyagers of Hawaiian Airlines to help bring this story to the world.â€
Though it operates with todayâ€™s state-of-the-art technology, Hawaiian honors the courage and ingenuity of skilled Polynesian navigators, who were guided by the waves, wind, stars, moon and sun, by naming each of its A330 aircraft after celestial objects. Todayâ€™s branded aircraft is N392HA, christened as Hikianalia, the sister star to HÅkÅ«leâ€˜a. Both are part of the constellation IwikuamoÊ»o, and rise together above the Hawaiian Islands to help guide travelers back to their island home.
Hawaiian invites its guests and Moana fans interested in learning more about todayâ€™s celestial navigation to explore theÂ MÄlama Honua Worldwide VoyageÂ sponsored byÂ Hawaiian Airlines. Â MÄlama Honua,Â to care for our Island Earth, is a four-year journey by the Polynesian voyaging canoe HÅkÅ«leâ€˜a and the research canoe Hikianalia across the Earth’s oceans. Powered by the wind, guided by the stars, and steered by the knowledge of ancient Polynesian navigators, the voyage will cover a total of 47,000 nautical miles and visit 85 ports in 26 countries.
A full list of Hawaiianâ€™s aircraft names can beÂ found here. Stay tuned to find out the names of the two other aircraft that will be outfitted with the special #SoaringWithDisneyMoana design.