Hawaiian Airlines has signed a deal with Boeing to purchase 10 787 Dreamliners and the rights for an additional 10 787s – dealing a blow to Airbus.
The carrier has signed a non-binding letter for intent for the aircraft, valued at $2.82 billion. The first delivery is expected in early 2021. It is set to use the Dreamliners on routes to Asia and North America.
The Honolulu-based airline had been carrying out an extensive evaluation of its aircraft requirements and reports claim it cancelled an order for six Airbus A330s before going for the Dreamliners to meet its long-haul needs.
Hawaiian Airlines president and chief executive officer (CEO), Peter Ingram said: “The Dreamliner’s operational efficiency and superior guest experience make it the best aircraft for modernising our fleet in 2021 and beyond.
“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 787-9 can carry about 290 passengers on flights of about 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km), and Boeing said it uses 20 per cent less fuel and emits 20 per cent fewer emissions than the aircraft it replaces.
The 787 is the fastest selling twin-aisle aircraft in Boeing history. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family is flying more than 1,500 routes and has made possible more than 170 new non-stop routes around the world.