Hawaiian Airlines Finalizes Order for 16 Airbus A321neo Aircraft
Hawaiian Airlines has signed a definitive purchase agreement with Airbus under which it will acquire 16 new A321neo aircraft from 2017 through 2020. The agreement, first announced in January, includes options for Hawaiian to purchase an additional nine aircraft.
Hawaiian recently concluded negotiations with its pilot and flight attendant unions that cover the operation of long-range, single-aisle aircraft such as the A321neo, thereby allowing the airline to finalize the order. The airline plans to use the new aircraft to complement its current fleet of wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft that currently serve Hawaii from the West Coast.
The Airbus aircraft will allow Hawaiian to “open new markets that are not viable for wide-body service,” said Mark Dunkerley, the airline’s CEO.
The A321neo will have a range of 3,650 nautical miles and seat approximately 190 passengers in a two-class configuration consisting of first class and coach.
Hawaiian currently operates a fleet of 43 aircraft, consisting of Airbus A330-200, Boeing 767-300ER, and Boeing 717-200 aircraft. The airline’s existing orders include 13 new A330s from 2013 through 2015, and six next-generation A350XWB-800 aircraft starting in 2017, in addition to the just-announced A321neo order.
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