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Hawaiian Airlines Dumps Airbus A330neo Order, Buys 787-9 Dreamliners Instead

Hawaiian Airlines is on the rise, expanding routes at an accelerating rate. To accommodate its growth, the carrier has agreed to purchase ten 787-9 Dreamliners from Boeing. The 787 Dreamliner will now become Hawaiian’s flagship aircraft for medium and long-haul flights.

The deal comes after management conducted an extensive review of Hawaiian’s existing fleet. President and CEO Peter Ingram says the Dreamliners’ “expanded seat capacity and extended range allows us to expand within our current route network and offer new destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.” The deal for the ten 787-9s is worth $2.82 billion and the airline has also purchased rights for another ten Dreamliners.

Passengers will enjoy the planes’ enhanced features on Hawaiian’s 787. Business Class has full-flat seats that recline into a comfy bed that is perfect for long-haul flights. Other features include larger windows and improved lighting systems with dimmers that can be adjusted to suit your body clock on long-haul flights over the Pacific. Premium economy passengers will also receive an upgraded experience with personal full HD widescreen monitors integrated with a smart entertainment system that includes music, movies and games. Even Economy passengers get little extras like a new roomier seat design and enhanced personal entertainment system. The state-of-the-art 787-9s have WiFi, socket and in-seat USB ports, optimized humidity and lower cabin pressure, a wider range of entertainment options including touch screen and even more.

Hawaiian Airlines will benefit from the 787-9’s increased fuel efficiency and range and will gain competitive advantage enhanced by Boeing Global Services. Hawaiian operates more than 200 daily flights including non-stop service to Hawaii from over 11 gateway cities, as well as service from China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Tahiti and South Korea and has plans for further expansion.

Airbus A330 Deal Dead In The Water

In a related move, Hawaiian Airlines is also cancelling their order for the Airbus A330-800neo order.  Hawaiian placed this order reluctantly after Airbus cancelled the Airbus A350-800, a jet that would have been ideally suited for Hawaiians long-routes that are flown from its Honolulu base. The 787-9 purchase will allow Hawaiian to explore routes as far away as Europe.

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Kim Clark

Written by Kim Clark

Former CNN Radio News Network anchor Kim Clark is a freelance writer and editor, specializing in the aviation industry and financial markets. She currently freelances for S&P Global and works as a club and event Disc Jockey in Atlanta, Georgia, after having held positions doing news on radio morning shows and holding down the position of Music Director of commercial radio stations owned by Cumulus and Clear Channel.

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