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    Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines said the airlines wants to add more East Coast flights to its schedule after 2017.

Hawaiian Airlines is looking to add flights to the East Coast after 2017, building on the single route it currently has to New York.

Creating new routes to major Eastern cities will “become more central in our consideration in the next 18 months,” CEO Mark Dunkerley said.

“New York’s been a success for us,” he said by telephone Wednesday, during a break from the airline’s annual investor day presentation. “We have the ambition to start more services to the U.S. East Coast.”

Hawaiian Holdings Inc.’s sole route to the East Coast flies to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Dunkerley has spoken before about his desire to expand in the populous region.

The arrival of 16 A321neo jets starting in 2017 would allow the route expansion, Dunkerley said. The narrow-body Airbus Group SE plane has the range to reach the West Coast from Hawaii — a 2,600-mile trip. In turn, some of the bigger, long-distance Airbus A330-200 jets currently serving those routes can be redeployed to the East Coast, he said.

Hawaiian sees growth opportunity in big Eastern cities including Philadelphia, Washington and Boston, as well as in Austin, Texas, and in Toronto and Montreal, according to a slide show at the investor day presentation. While those locations represent big untapped population bases, it isn’t clear whether Hawaiian will start routes in those specific cities, Dunkerley said.

Hawaiian also is in the market for more Boeing Co. 717 jets, which it uses for flights between the Hawaiian Islands, he said. Spain’s Volotea SL has said it is selling its 717s in the next several years and moving to an all-Airbus fleet, according to the Spanish newspaper El Pais. Dunkerley declined to say whether Hawaiian would seek to buy Volotea’s 717s.

Hawaiian’s shares rose $1.65, or 4.5 percent, to close at an all-time high of $38.38, giving the stock a 47 percent gain this year.

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  • So, how does this effect the average person? How many jobs open up? Does it mean a reduction in other flights? I understand that Hawaiian Air is a business, and they are supposed to make money above anything else. But what about inter island airfare and flights? Fix that!

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