Blow for Airbus as Hawaiian Airlines opts for 787 Dreamliner

Boeing has secured a significant victory over rival Airbus after Hawaiian Airlines agreed to order up to 20 787-9 Dreamliners.

Hawaiian Airlines is to purchase up to 20 Boeing 787-9s after cancelling a previous order for six Airbus A330-800neos.

The airline has signed a non-binding letter of intent for ten 787-9s, as well as purchase rights for a further ten aircraft.

"The Dreamliner's operational efficiency and superior guest experience make it the best aircraft for modernising our fleet in 2021 and beyond," said Peter Ingram, president and chief executive of Hawaiian Airlines.

"Its expanded seat capacity and extended range will allows us to expand within our current route network and offer new destinations in the Asia-Pacific region."

Ingram added the 787-9 was “a step ahead” in terms of aviation technology. He said: “Form an efficiency standpoint, there is a very low fuel burn and a lower weight because of the carbon fibre construction. That helps us keep fares affordable.”

Hawaiian Airlines had previously ordered six A330-800neos but said it had opted for the 787-9 following a “competitive bid process”.

The 787-9 can carry about 290 passengers on flights of about 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km).

Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive Kevin McAllister said: “Hawaiian Airlines has been on an impressive growth trajectory as they strategically expanded service to and from Asia and North America.

“We are thrilled they have chosen the 787 Dreamliner to power the next stage of their expansion.”

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