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Hawaiian Holdings reports a 2Q net loss of $6.2 million

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., today reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2021.

Hawaiian Airlines logo. (PRNewsFoto)

Second Quarter 2021 – Key Financial Metrics


YoY Change


YoY Change

Net Loss





Diluted EPS





Pre-tax Margin


+252.2 pts.


+361.0 pts.

“We made meaningful strides toward recovery during the second quarter, propelled by continued strong demand on our U.S. mainland routes,” said Peter Ingram , Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO. “It is encouraging to see how far we’ve come and I am optimistic about our continued recovery. My immense appreciation goes out to our team, who continues to embrace our purpose, in spite of the challenges facing them.”

Statistical data, as well as a reconciliation of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, can be found in the accompanying tables.

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Second Quarter 2021

Financial Results

For the second quarter of 2021, the Company reported a net loss of $6.2 million , and an adjusted net loss of $73.8 million .

The Company reported total revenue of $410.8 million , down 42% compared to the second quarter of 2019, on 30% lower capacity.

The Company reported total operating expenses of $392.3 million , and operating expenses excluding non-recurring items of $478.4 million , down 23% compared to the second quarter of 2019.

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Routes and Network

The State of Hawai’i made several positive changes to its Safe Travels program in the second quarter of 2021, including:

  • Beginning May 11, 2021 , travelers who were fully vaccinated in Hawaiʻi and had proof of vaccination were permitted to bypass COVID-19 testing and quarantine restrictions when traveling within the Hawaiian islands.
  • Beginning June 15, 2021 , all travel restrictions were removed for travel within the Hawaiian islands, and travelers who were fully vaccinated in Hawaiʻi were permitted to bypass COVID-19 testing and quarantine restrictions with proof of vaccination when traveling into the state.
  • Beginning July 8, 2021 , all domestic travelers who were fully vaccinated in the U.S. were permitted to bypass COVID-19 testing and quarantine restrictions with proof of vaccination when traveling into the state.
  • The State of Hawaiʻi announced that the Safe Travelp Program will end when 70% of the state’s residents are fully vaccinated.

In the second quarter of 2021, the Company continued to rebuild and expand its network, primarily in North America . In June 2021 , Hawaiian’s North America traffic exceeded June 2019 levels. During the second quarter of 2021, the Company operated at an average of 70% of its 2019 second quarter system capacity, comprised of 97%, 57% and 11% capacity on its North America , Neighbor Island and International routes, respectively.

In April 2021 , the Company launched twice weekly service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), and expanded this service to three-times-weekly for the summer of 2021.

In May 2021 , the Company launched four-times-weekly seasonal service through August 15, 2021 between Kahului Maui (OGG) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

In June 2021 , the Company announced the resumption of its Tahiti service following the launch of a pre-travel testing program between Hawaiʻi and French Polynesia that allows for quarantine-free travel between the two archipelagos.  As part of the program, travelers inbound to Hawai’i will need to provide proof of a negative test result from a State-approved testing partner, while travelers outbound to Tahiti will need to provide proof of vaccination and have fulfilled the government of Tahiti’s COVID-19 entry requirements prior to travel.  Beginning August 7, 2021 , the Company will reinstate its nonstop once-weekly service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Tahiti’s Fa’a’ā International Airport (PPT).

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of June 30, 2021, the Company had:

  • Unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $2.2 billion , up $304 million from March 31, 2021
  • Outstanding debt and finance lease obligations of $2.2 billion , up $22 million from March 31, 2021
  • Air traffic liability of $823 million , up $136 million from March 31, 2021

The Company further enhanced its liquidity position during the second quarter of 2021 with $173.4 million in grants and $31.4 million in loans pursuant to the Payroll Support Program Extension Agreement (the “PSP Extension Agreement”) and Payroll Support Program 3 Agreement with the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

As of June 30, 2021 , the Company had $2.4 billion in liquidity, including the undrawn portion of its $235 million revolving credit facility.

Guest Experience

In June 2021 , the Company announced a partnership with Boyd Gaming Corporation that will allow members to earn greater benefits and rewards with Boyd Gaming’s award-winning B Connected player loyalty program and the HawaiianMiles program. Boyd Gaming and Hawaiian Airlines loyalty members will enjoy reciprocal earning and redemption benefits, providing the Company’s guests with greater access to B Connected’s selection of rewards tiers, exclusive player benefits and entertainment experiences, as well as more ways to earn and use HawaiianMiles.

As of July 15, 2021 , the Company restored its full cabin meal and beverage service, while maintaining safety standards for its guests and guest-facing team members.

The Company continues its enhanced cleaning procedures and guest-facing protocols to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Understanding that health and safety are still critical concerns for our guests, the Company will continue to focus on protective measures such as:

  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of counters and self-service check-in kiosks in airports.
  • Ensuring hand sanitizers are readily available for guests at airports it serves.
  • Requiring guests and guest-facing employees to wear face masks or coverings, with guests required to wear masks throughout their travel, including at our airport spaces, during boarding, in-flight (except when eating or drinking) and when deplaning.
  • Performing enhanced aircraft cleaning between flights and during overnight parking.

Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance

In July 2021 , the Company published its 2021 Corporate Kuleana Report reinforcing its commitment to sustainability and outlining its progress advancing various environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. A link to the report can be found through the Investor Relations, Corporate Responsibility section of Hawaiian’s website.

Addressing climate change remains one of the Company’s key ESG priorities. The Company has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 through ongoing fleet investments, more efficient flying, carbon offsets, industry advocacy for air traffic control reform and development of sustainable aviation fuel supply. Starting this year, the Company has pledged to offset emissions from international flights above 2019 levels, in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

In 2020, the Company decreased Available Seat Miles (ASMs) by 63.3 percent and Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs) by 74.3 percent compared to 2019. The Company’s CO2 greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) dropped commensurately by 60.7 percent.  After adjusting its fuel consumption figures to remove cargo-only flying, the Company reduced CO2 emissions intensity per ASM year-over-year by 2.1%.

The Company also defined steps it is taking to foster diversity and inclusion. Evidence-based processes to minimize bias in hiring and promotional practices across the Company have contributed to team diversity, with approximately 78% of Hawaiian’s active workforce identifying as diverse based on ethnicity and 44% based on gender.

Third Quarter 2021 Outlook

The Company expects to continue to rebuild its network in the third quarter, driven primarily by North America and Neighbor Island flying, as the timing of International demand recovery remains uncertain. The Company expects improvement in total revenue, with continued strength in North America demand, and steady improvement in Neighbor Island routes. The Company expects an increase in operating expenses, excluding non-recurring items, primarily driven by the increase in capacity as compared to the second quarter, higher fuel price, higher airport rates, and costs related to preparing for the resumption of more significant international flying.

The table below summarizes the Company’s expectations for the third quarter ending September 30, 2021 , expressed as an expected percentage change compared to the results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 , as applicable.


Third Quarter 2021

GAAP Equivalent

GAAP Third Quarter
2021 Guidance


Down 20 to 23%

Total Revenue

Down 28 to 33%

Operating Expenses, excluding non-recurring items (a)

Down 10 to 14%

Operating Expenses (a)

Down 22 to 26%

Interest Expense

$30 million

Adjusted EBITDA (b)

$(20) million to $20 million

Effective Tax Rate


Fuel Price per Gallon (c)



See Table 4 for a reconciliation of GAAP operating expenses to operating expenses excluding non-recurring items.


The Company is not providing a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to GAAP net income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, as it is unable, without unreasonable efforts, to calculate certain special and non-recurring charges, which could have a significant impact on the GAAP measure.


Fuel Price per Gallon estimates are based on the July 23, 2021 fuel forward curve.


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