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Hawaiian Airlines Introduces Livery Update, But Diecast Modelmaker Ruined The Surprise

Hawaiian Airlines formally unveiled their updated livery on Monday, May 1.  The livery update features the title “Hawaiian” in a more modern stylized font.  The updated colors also sport a more modern Pualani (Flower of the Sky) on the tail with a grey lei wrapped around the fuselage.

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A Boeing 717 was the first jet to sport the new colors. It was unveiled at a ceremony at Honolulu International Airport.  An updated Airbus A330 will soon follow.  Their new A321’s will be delivered in the new colors. While the Boeing 767s will not be repainted, the rest of the fleet will be repainted during their scheduled maintenance over the next few years.

The updated Hawaiian livery represents the final stage of a brand refresh.  Over the past year, Hawaiian has updated their cabins with a subtle, island-inspired motif.  They have also updated their club and headquarters at Honolulu International Airport to showcase the island spirit.

Diecast Model Maker Ruined The Surprise

The unveil of an updated livery wasn’t a surprise to most avgeeks.  GeminiJets, a manufacturer of diecast models, accidentally posted a drawing of the exact livery on their Facebook page.  Each month they post their model releases with drawings first, then later post actual images of the models.  In their April releases, they let a drawing of a revised Hawaiian 717 slip. It was quickly pulled from the page but not before some shrewd avgeeks captured photos of the embargoed photo.  Screenshots of the leak made their way through forums across the internet.

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