MIAMI – Hawaiian Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A321neo last Friday in Hamburg, Germany. The narrow-body aircraft (N202HA), was welcomed by airline employees at the German Airbus facility.
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The A321neo will be used “to expand the carrier’s U.S. West Coast network” and also add non-stop flights to Hawaii’s neighbor islands, according to a statement released by the airline.
Hawaiian expected to receive the aircraft earlier, but deliveries were delayed several months because of the modifications the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines required.
The new Hawaiian A321neo aircraft features 189 seats: 16 in First Class, 45 in Extra Comfort Premium Economy, and 128 in Economy.
Also, the Hawaiian carrier announced it will launch daily non-stop flights between Portland and Kahului (Maui), on January 18, 2018; Oakland and Lihue (Kauai) on April 11, 2018; and between Los Angeles and Kona (Island of Hawaii) next summer.
“The introduction of A321neo services to the Western U.S. heralds the dawn of a new era for Hawaiian Airlines and its guests,” said Peter Ingram, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Hawaiian Airlines.
With the new addition, Hawaiian Airlines has a fleet of 53 aircraft composed by 24 Airbus A330-200, 20 Boeing 717-200, seven Boeing 767-300(ER), one Boeing 767-300, and the latest Airbus A321neo.
Also, the airline has 17 Airbus A321neo aircraft left in order, expected to be delivered from 2017 through 2020, as well as six Airbus A330-800neo aircraft that are supposed to be received by the carrier in 2019.
The new A321neo and the A330-800 in order will allow the airline to replace its seven Boeing 767-300s after retirement. According to Hawaiian, additional routes will be announced as they welcome the A321neo fleet through 2020.
Virgin America was the only U.S. carrier that operated the A321neo until now, that Hawaiian Airlines finally received the aircraft.