Hawaiian Airlines continues to expand its fleet and flights as Hawaii’s largest and longest-serving airline. The most recent addition, however, doesn’t leave the ground. It’s a multimillion-dollar flight simulator used to train pilots flying the new Airbus A330 aircraft.

According to Hawaiian, this means saving about $3.6 million a year because they don’t have to send their pilots for training in Florida. This also means being able to complete their qualifications in Honolulu and potentially expand the program to train pilots who fly for other airlines.

The new high-tech system simulates flights to hundreds of destinations and allows pilots to practice emergency scenarios, like flying through snow or heavy rains. The interior, according to the press release, is identical to the cockpit of an A330.

Hawaiian uses these specific aircrafts for longer flights, such as to the mainland, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. They also plan to expand their fleet of 13 A330s in the near future. Hawaiian is not only raising the bar for pilots but for kids as well, with a similar flight simulator installed at the Children’s Discovery Center several months ago.

Photo Courtesy: Hawaiian Airlines Twitter


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