Hawiian Airlines brand new Airbus A330 next to their first plane, a 1929 Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker

Hawiian Airlines brand new Airbus A330 next to their first plane, a 1929 Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker

GUESSING HAS BEEN CLOSED. I WILL POST THE ANSWERS TOMORROW (JUNE 8th) MORNING. I have locked it down so no more comments can be made.

Hawaiian Airlines is making a big change. They are adding an Airbus A330 to their fleet. On Friday June 4th the first passenger flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles will commence, starting a new era.

The new A330 is named  Makali‘i for the constellation Pleiades that helped guide ancient Polynesian voyagers across the Pacific.

This is one amazing photo and quite a few things are impressive. What got my attention (besides the fact this is Hawaiian’s newest and oldest aircraft together), is the Airbus A330 has a lei on it.

See it? Those purple/pink flowers right behind the cockpit?  I wrote to Hawaiian PR guy Patrick Dugan and asked, “How many flowers does it take to lei an Airbus A330?” Guess what he told me? No, seriously guess…

CONTEST: How many flowers (they are dendrobium orchids, if that matters) did it take to create the lei (just the lei on the A330, not the stairs or other flowers) seen in the photo (bigger version) on the Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330?

The closest person(s) to the correct answer will win a prize (I have a few you can choose from).  You can leave a comment or you can email me at david@airlinereporter.com (don’t worry I am not collecting emails in any fashion). I will give you until Monday June 7th at 5pm PST, then I will give the answer and announce the winner(s)!

Hint? It is a lot more than you think…

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48 Comments

a total of 330 flowers dendrobium ^-^

total 3300 flower dendrobium …..

33000 flower dendrobium

rickyb

2478 flowers

Daniel

5000

Michael

I am guessing that there are 6325 flowers.

One. The rest are artificial. Though if that’s not true, Im sure they composted them after the ceremony. They did, didn’t they??

Pigeon

7214 Flowers

Ben W

8637 flowers

Ok here is how I came up with my guess:

First it looks with the droopy part that it would be about the same diameter as the main portion of the fusealge. According to this website the diameter is 18’6″ or 220″ That would make the circumference 57.584′ According to another website it appears the standard danrobium lei has between 25-50 flowers per foot. So say it is 3-5 strands thick guess is 150 per foot or 8637 flowers.

This is a lot of assumptions though.

I’ll go with 8,110.

Laura

4,286 flowers!! MMmm!

Well, it takes on average about 50 dendrobium orchids to make a single traditional lei. I’m going to go with 1500.

Is this Price is Right style?

Good question Rita!

It is not. Whomever is closest, even if it is over, will be the winner!

David

Melissa

I guess 5,000

kpaske

16100

Colton

4000?

My guess is 7500

Jessica

9001

I’ll guess 2,728.

It’s hard to tell what size are the flowers, but I vote 1,000. A nice round number 🙂

tha dopeess

i guess 2,310.

TxAgFlyer

8700

4350

Jiven

Its obvious that it is 11000.

1239 flowers…

2010 flower …

Franco

10,000

Jill H

300K

Darryl R

5416

Cindyi

my guess is 49208
Hope I win!!

DavidBrown(REALLY)

9855

I like your name 🙂

“Parker” is my middle name, but “David Brown” is just too plain, so I go by my full name. Thanks for your guess!

David

5,359

Teri P

6,464

Vinay Bhaskara

7324

Taylor

3750 flowers

Dutro

8750

2456

2892

my best guess is 1500
good luck with the new airplane

datacorrupt

2916

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