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Island Air orders new planes

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    Island Air, which has introduced the native iiwi bird as its new logo (seen near nose of plane), is seeking to replace the 64-seat ATR-42 aircraft, above, which it currently flies. The interisland carrier has been looking at bringing in a larger aircraft, the Q400, which seats 78 passengers.

Island Air plans to add new turboprop planes to its fleet as part of an ongoing restructuring and expansion strategy, the company announced Monday.

The interisland carrier said it has ordered two 71-seat Bombardier Aerospace Q400 NextGen aircraft, and could later expand the order with up to four more planes.

The purchase of the two initial planes is valued at $60.9 million based on Bombardier’s list price for the Q400.

Island Air and Canada-based Bombardier did not announce a delivery date for the new planes.

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