It turns out that living by island time means being right on time! Hawaiian Airlines just marked 16 years of being the most punctual airline in the United States. The carrier averaged an on-time rate of 87.7 percent last year. That's more than six percentage points higher than the average on-time rate for the industry.

Hawaiian Airlines began its on-time streak back in 2004. The fact that Hawaiian is able to maintain such punctual performance is impressive when you consider that the carrier offers a total of 240 domestic and international flights. Hawaiian runs a fleet of 60 jets that offer direct service between Hawaii and 13 key cities in North America. The list of notable international destinations served by Hawaiian Airlines includes Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, American Samoa and Tahiti. In addition, the carrier runs a very robust schedule that brings travelers between the Hawaiian islands.

Passengers who fly with Hawaiian Airlines already know that 2019 wasn't just a notable year due to the carrier's impeccable on-time performance. Hawaiian Airlines also rolled out some new routes last year. Five-times-weekly service between Honolulu (HNL) and Boston (BOS) has opened up many new opportunities for passengers from the East Coast. Direct service was also introduced from Maui (OGG) to Sacramento (SMF) and Las Vegas (LAS) in 2019.

The months ahead will be exciting for Hawaiian Airlines. The carrier plans to launch a third daily direct flight between Hawaii and Tokyo's Haneda Airport (HND) in March. That route has been strategically planned to beef up service in anticipation of the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Japan.

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: