Hawaiian To Tap New Markets with Airbus A321neo Aircraft

Hawaiian Airlines A321neo Rendering

Hawaiian Airlines A321neo

Hawaiian Looks to the Future with long-range, single aisle

Hawaiian Airlines, known for their all widebody flights between North America to Hawaii, will be adding 16 long-range, single aisle aircraft to their fleet starting in 2017. The new single aisle type is the Airbus A321neo and will allowHawaiian Airlinesto open up new routes from smaller markets west coast markets.

The airline will configure the new A321neo aircraft to carry 190 passengers in a two cabin layout including First Class and Economy seating. While the aircraft will have a 3 x 3 layout in economy, the aircraft is wider than the single-aisle Boeing 737 and Boeing 757 other operators are using on similar routes. This allowsHawaiian Airlinesto provide seats similar to those on the larger Airbus A330 widebody aircraft the airline operates.

Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, said, “Everyone at Hawaiian wants us to keep our position as the market leader in service quality, cost efficiency and choice of destinations. Ordering the A321neo will secure this legacy on routes to the U.S. West Coast beyond the middle of this decade.” Dunkerley continued, “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.”

According to unnamed sources, the other single-aisle aircraft Hawaiian Airlines considered was the 737 MAX. The 737 MAX is a re-engined, fuel efficient model of the Boeing 737 and a direct competitor to the Airbus A321neo.

In addition to the 16 Airbus A320neo ordered, Hawaiian also secured the rights to purchase nine additional airliners. The aircraft will be delivered between 2017 and 2020.

The new order is contingent upon approval of new agreements with the pilots and flight attendants union but sources close to the airline indicate this likely will not be a problem. Hawaiian has estimated this expansion to their aircraft fleet will add nearly 1,000 new jobs at the carrier.

Fleet Upgrades at Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines is in the process of renewing their fleet which is currently made-up of 43 aircraft. The existing fleet includes 25 widebody aircraft including the 294 seat Airbus A330-200 and the 264 seat Boeing 767-300ER. The other half of the current fleet consists of 18 single-aisle Boeing 717-200 aircraft, dedicated to island hopping within the State of Hawaii.

Over the next decade, the older Boeing 767-300ER widebody planes will be eliminated from the fleet.

New aircraft scheduled for delivery include an additional 13 Airbus A330-200 aircraft. These new aircraft will be delivered between now and 2015.

Finally, Hawaiian Airlines has six A350-800 XWB (Extra Wide Body) aircraft on order. The A350 is the newest addition to the Airbus product line and delivery of these new, long-range airliners will begin in 2017.

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