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Hawaiian Airlines signs aircraft purchase deal

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:04 p.m. HST, Mar 25, 2013

Airbus will introduce the A321neo in 2016, and Hawaiian Airlines is planning to buy at least 16 of them.

Hawaiian Airlines says it has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus to buy 16 new planes as part of a plan for expanded routes between the islands and the West Coast.

Hawaiian says the deal comes after the airline reached key labor agreements with its pilot and flight attendant unions on the new single-aisle A321neo planes.

The planes each seat about 190 passengers.

Plans calls for the acquisition to take place between 2017 and 2020. The deal includes rights to nine additional planes.

The Honolulu-based airline plans to add 1,000 jobs in the expansion.

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Masami wrote:
"Plans calls for the acquisition to take place between 2017 and 2010." Either this is OLD NEWS (2010 reference) or :-( ?
on March 25,2013 | 09:01AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
I think the news here is the signing of a binding purchase agreement, whereas before it was a nonbinding letter of agreement or intent to purchase. Between the letter of intent Hawaiian had to get their labor agreements done and line up their financing. Seems like all their ducks are now in line so they can go forward with the purchase. I like the idea that they will add 1,000 jobs, but the though of flying single aisle aircraft to the mainland, not so much.
on March 25,2013 | 09:25AM
Masami wrote:
I don't disagree with you. Its just so frustrating to see that the proofreading prior to releasing "news" appears so shoddy.
on March 25,2013 | 09:35AM
hanalei395 wrote:
These new planes will only be used for to/from cities with a low-passenger load and for non-stop neighbor islands/U.S. continent flights. So, if you're going to Las Vegas, L.A., S.F., NYC, etc., or any city with a high passenger load, don't worry about it.
on March 25,2013 | 09:57AM
rgy888 wrote:
is that why the ticket cost are so high?
on March 25,2013 | 10:49AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Darn, it seems like all the airlines are moving back to single aisle planes. These are fine for short flights, less than 2 hours, but on the 5 hours to the west coast they're awful. Definitely less comfortable than wide bodies.
on March 25,2013 | 10:21AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Which means, comfortable on wide-body airplanes, especially when they are not filled, leaving a empty seat or empty seats right next to you.
on March 25,2013 | 10:44AM
honomukeiki wrote:
Why Airbus, a European company, and not Boeing? Are Europeans going to fill those seats to and from the Mainland?
on March 25,2013 | 10:56AM
hawaiianmickey wrote:
Why because Airbus can get these new planes faster than Boeing. Boeing will not give any discount, Airbus is willing to work with Hawaiian.Cockpit instruments are similar to 330,321 and 350. So when they switch training between a/c the transitions will be easier and less expensive. Most of the parts are made in the U.S.
on March 25,2013 | 03:50PM
lee1957 wrote:
Hawaiian Airlines should spend some money to bring organization and efficiency to their Kona check in counter, what a giant disorganized mess.
on March 25,2013 | 11:33AM
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