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Hawaiian chooses 787-9 Dreamliners for longer routes

March 8, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Hawaiian Airlines has selected the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner as its flagship plane for medium to long-haul flights, meaning Australia is likely eventually to see Hawaiian’s new planes fly in.

The 787 Dreamliner is now the fastest selling twin-aisle airliner in Boeing’s history.

Hawaiian, famous for its in-flight ambience and its generous baggage allowance, intends to purchase 10 B787-9 jets valued at USD 2.82 billion at list prices. Hawaiian also has purchase rights for 10 additional 787s.

The B787-9 is the longer version of the Dreamliner, the type Qantas is now receiving and which the Australian carrier will use to mount non-stop flights between Perth and London later this month.

There’s no doubt about the aircraft’s range. The B787-9 can carry about 290 passengers on flights of about 7635 nautical miles (14,140 km), while using 20% less fuel and emitting 20% fewer emissions than the planes it replaces.

Hawaiian, which has steadily grown its award-winning service connecting the Hawaiian Islands with Asia and North America, had been conducting an extensive evaluation of its aircraft requirements.

Hawaiian Airlines B787-9 Dreamliner

“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.”

Hawaiian expects to receive the first of its new Dreamliners in the first quarter of 2021. The Honolulu-based airline has selected the General Electric GEnx engine to power the new planes.

The 787-9 features a spacious wide-body cabin with extra-large windows. The innovative composite airframe will allow Hawaiian to pressurise Dreamliner cabins at far lower altitude, creating a more comfortable in-cabin atmosphere. Additional features include a quiet cabin, dimmable LED window shades, and larger overhead luggage bins.

Hawaiian currently operates a mainline fleet of 54 aircraft: 24 Airbus A330-200 and 8 Boeing 767 wide-body aircraft, 2 A321neo and 20 717 narrow-body aircraft. The company selected the 787-9 as part of a competitive bid process that also included the Airbus A330-900.

Written by Peter Needham

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