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Hawaiian Airlines to buy Airbus fleet for $2.8 billion

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Hawaiian Airlines plan to acquire 16 new A321neo aircraft between 2017 and 2020, with rights to purchase an additional nine aircraft, for $2.8 billion in total.

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The long-range, single-aisle aircraft will complement Hawaiian's existing fleet of wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft used for long-haul flying between Hawai'i and the U.S. West Coast. At 146-feet-long, the A321neo will seat approximately 190 passengers in First and Coach class and has a range of 3,650 nautical miles. The aircraft will offer the more comfortable seat widths found in the twin-aisle Airbus A330.

"Everyone at Hawaiian wants us to keep our position as the market leader in service quality, cost efficiency and choice of destinations. The A321neo will be the most fuel-efficient aircraft of its type after its introduction in 2016. With its slightly smaller size we'll be able to open new markets that are not viable for wide-body service, while also being able to augment service on existing routes to the West Coast of North America," said Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.

The new acquisitions are also contingent upon Hawaiian signing new agreements with its pilots and flight attendant unions covering operation of the new aircraft type. If new agreements are reached, the fleet expansion is expected to generate roughly 1,000 additional jobs at Hawaiian.

"We have come to think of Hawaiian Airlines as 'ohana' (family) and are very pleased to add yet another branch to our tree with this pending expansion of the Hawaiian Airbus fleet. Hawaiian has gotten great results with their A330s," said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers.

Hawaiian currently operates a fleet of 43 aircraft, comprised of 25 wide-body, long-haul aircraft (294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft and 264-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft), and 18 narrow-body 123-seat Boeing 717-200 aircraft for Neighbor Island flights.

Hawaiian's existing orders include an additional 13 new A330s between 2013 and 2015, and six next-generation, longer-range A350XWB-800 aircraft starting in 2017. The existing fleet of 16 Boeing 767s will phase out over the next 10 years.


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