Almost four years after making its debut at Long Beach Airport, Hawaiian Airlines opened a new line maintenance base at the small municipal facility, the company announced today.
The 3,000-square-foot facility, which is Hawaiian’s fourth maintenance and supply base in North America, will include one of the airline’s largest stocking warehouses. The hangar and office is located on Donald Douglas Drive, northeast of the historic terminal.
“This facility will allow us greater operational flexibility, which in turn provides our guests with a seamless and enjoyable travel experience,” Beau Tatsumara, vice president of maintenance and engineering for Hawaiian, said.
JetBlue previously occupied the space before pulling out of Long Beach entirely in October 2020, taking jobs with it.
Hawaiian’s new facility creates 17 new positions, the company stated, including mechanics that will perform scheduled and non-scheduled maintenance on the airline’s Airbus A321 passenger jet fleet. Maintenance will include inspections, brake service, fluid checks and tire services, among others.
Hawaiian began flying out of Long Beach in summer 2018 with nonstop service to Honolulu. It was the first and only airline to offer flights to the island state at the time. On March 9, 2021, Hawaiian added a second daily flight—nonstop service to Maui.
Days later, on March 11, Southwest—Long Beach Airport’s largest carrier—announced its own daily nonstop service to Honolulu. Southwest announced a second daily flight to Honolulu in May.