Hawaiian dumps Boeing for Airbus long-haul

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Hawaiian Airlines announced yesterday that it was replacing its 18-strong fleet of Boeing 767-300s with 24 new long-range airplanes from Airbus. The order, which is for six A330-200s and six A350 XWB-800s (plus six options on each kind), is worth approximately $4.4 billion at list prices and will "enable [the airline] to open new routes to more distant markets on a nonstop basis from Hawaii," said a company press release. The first A350s will be delievered in 2017 (that's a ten year wait!), but Hawaiian will only have to wait five years for the first A330.

Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian CEO and president, said that "we are building flexibility into the plan with some aircraft purchased, some to be leased and having options for others, which will allow us to scale the fleet according to our needs and opportunities over the next two decades". He also said that agreements with Airbus allow the company to lease additional A330s starting in 2009, which will allow Hawaiian to expand and to replace the Boeing 767s with leases that are due to expire in the next few years.


Anonymous said...

Doesn't make much sense to switch from an all Boeing fleet to an Airbus fleet. Training is also a problem as the NATCO (Northwest) facility schedule is chockblock full and the pilots and mechanics of Hawaiian will have to travel to Toulouse for training. Hawaiian's indecision on a replacement aircraft is what casued them to miss the opportunity to get in on the 787 purchase agreements. They will have to pay for their procreastination.

Anonymous said...

Hawaiian Airlines is really making a colossal mistake with this move.
The 787 Dreamliner would have been a far, far better choice for a multitude of reasons.

With the recent failure of Aloha, Hawaiian is acting like a drunken sailor with the anticipated increased revenue.
Not to mention the abundance of surplus late model fuel efficient aircraft available at 'bargain basement' prices globally.
Hawaiian would be better advised to 'mind its p's and q's within its present operation, rather than dallying in the dubious arena of costly route expansion.

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