Hawaiian Airlines is Really Getting the Boeing 787-9 After All
Hawaiian Airlines announced on Tuesday that it's selected the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner as the latest addition to its fleet. As announced by Hawaiian and Boeing, the Honolulu-based airline intends to purchase 10 of the 789 aircraft, an order valued at $2.82 billion at list prices. The carrier also has purchased rights for 10 additional 787s.
The carrier's announcement to opt for the Dreamliner allows it to take advantage of the aircraft's superior fuel efficiency and range, and ultimately a more comfortable experience for passengers. The announcement of this order means a win for Boeing, which had been vying for Hawaiian's business over Airbus' A330-800neo competitor, a cancellation that FlightGlobal confirmed Hawaiian made late last month.
Currently, Hawaiian's medium- to long-haul fleet consists of Airbus A330s, Airbus A321neos, Boeing 767s. With this announcement, Hawaiian will likely phase its 767s into retirement.
The Dreamliners would represent a significant upgrade in the carrier's fleet, allowing it to continue its route expansion.
"The Dreamliner's operational efficiency and superior guest experience make it the best aircraft for modernizing our fleet in 2021 and beyond," said Peter Ingram, president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Airlines. "Its expanded seat capacity and extended range will allows us to expand within our current route network and offer new destinations in the Asia-Pacific region."
The announcement comes on the same day that Hawaiian ranked ninth in TPG's 2018 Best and Worst Airlines report.