Hawaiian Selects Boeing, Cancels Airbus Order

Mar 07, 2018 | ---

Hawaiian Airlines has agreed to order 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners worth up to US$2.82 billion at list prices. The deal signed also includes an option for 10 additional Dreamliners.

The first Dreamliner delivery is expected in early 2021.

The order comes at the end of an aggressive and highly contentious sales between Airbus and Boeing. According to reports, Hawaiian had initially placed an order for six Airbus A330-800neo airliners before it cancelled the deal.

The Hawaiian order marks a significant victory for Boeing.

“The Dreamliner combines excellent comfort for our guests with fantastic operational performance and will allow us to continue modernizing our fleet into the next decade,” Business Insider UK quoted Peter Ingram, Hawaiian’s new president and CEO. “It has more seating capacity than Hawaiian’s current wide-body fleet, which will allow us to further build upon our successful growth in Asia.”

Hawaiian expects to use the planes for flights to Asia and long-haul service to the US, said spokesman Alex Da Silva.

As important as selling Dreamliners to Hawaiian Airlines may be to Boeing, the blow it dealt to Airbus’ already struggling A330neo is of greater significance.

The company expects to sign binding agreements with Boeing and General Electric Co.in the second quarter of this year. Hawaiian has chosen GE’s GEnx engine to power the aircraft.

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