Hawaiian Air enshrines time capsule in hangar

Hawaiian Airlines has dedicated the 2014 Rubb aircraft maintenance and cargo structures by enshrining a time capsule within the hangar facilities.


The time capsule will not be opened until 2079 when the Rubb buildings will be roughly 65 years old.


Rubb USA President David Nickerson said: “It’s gratifying to know that valued customers such as Hawaiian Airlines have such confidence in the quality and longevity of our product.”


The Rubb air cargo and maintenance facility at Honolulu International Airport is comprised of a maintenance hangar which is 275’ x 347’ x 30’ (84m x 106m x 9m) and a cargo facility which is 275’ x 190’ x 30’ (84m x 58m x 9m).


Both structures are equipped with Assa Abloy Megadoors and clad with proprietary PVC, made specifically for Rubb by Serge-Ferrari.


The Charles I. Elliott Maintenance and Cargo Facility will house more than 1,100 employees from cargo, maintenance, engineering, supply, fleet service, claims, and safety and security. It was named after the man who piloted the company’s maiden flight from Honolulu to Hilo in 1929.


Built within the spatial constraints of a busy airport and atop an earthen floor made up of volcanic rock, combined with an environment consisting of high winds, high UV factors, seismic considerations and a maritime climate, the Rubb aviation complex remains as one of the most challenging projects in the company’s 40+ year history.


At the time of completion, the Hawaiian Air buildings were the widest spans built to date by Rubb (275 ft).  Since then Rubb has completed twin 300’ x 300’ hangars at Rockford Airport in Illinois.


Mark your calendars – 2079:  When Hawaiian Air will celebrate their 150th anniversary by opening ‘HAL’ the time capsule in the Rubb Buildings.