Boeing and Hawaiian Airlines have announced that the carrier has ordered 10 787-9 Dreamliners with 10 options for its medium to long-haul flights.
The Honolulu-based airline, which has been expanding its network from the Hawaiian Islands to Asia and North America, had been conducting an extensive evaluation of its airplane requirements.
“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.”
Boeing and Hawaiian Airlines will work toward finalizing this new airplane order and it will be reflected in the monthly update of Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.
“Hawaiian Airlines has been on an impressive growth trajectory as they strategically expanded service to and from Asia and North America. We are thrilled they have chosen the 787 Dreamliner to power the next stage of their expansion,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO, Kevin McAllister.
“The Dreamliner’s advanced technology, unmatched fuel efficiency, and passenger-pleasing cabin will optimize Hawaiian’s fleet for the future and provide their customers with a best in-class experience.”
Hawaiian’s first 787 will arrive in the 1st quarter of 2021 and the airline has chosen the GNex engine to power its 787s.
The 787 is the fastest selling twin-aisle airplane in Boeing’s history.
Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family is flying more than 1,500 routes and has made possible more than 170 new nonstop routes around the world.
Boeing’s 787 is now achieving dispatch reliability levels almost as high as its 777-300ER, the industry benchmark for widebody reliability.
Boeing’s regional director Product Marketing Tarun Hazari told Airlineratings.com that the 787’s reliability is a “fantastic story” achieving a rate 99.4 percent, just behind the 777-300ERs 99.46 percent.
“Given the higher utilization of the 787 that is an unprecedented number, said Hazari.
It is expected that Hawaiian will now cancel its order for the Airbus’s 257-seat A330-800neo. It is the only airline for this variant.