Will Add Two More B717s; Now Operating 763 Between Honolulu And
Here's something we haven't heard
much of lately... an airline actually adding capacity.
Hawaiian Airlines announced this week it plans to expand its
interisland fleet with the addition of four Boeing 717-200
aircraft, to better meet the needs of Hawaii's interisland
travelers in the wake of the shutdown of Aloha Airlines on April
Two of the aircraft are expected to enter service in September,
while the remaining two will join the fleet in November and
December. The additions, all acquired on long-term leases from
Boeing Capital Corporation, will increase Hawaiian's interisland
fleet of Boeing 717-200 aircraft to 15.
"This substantial investment in more interisland aircraft
reaffirms Hawaiian's long-term commitment to serving the people of
Hawaii, and will allow us to increase our flight schedules during
periods of the day that our customers prefer to travel," said Mark
Dunkerley, president and chief executive officer.
Hawaiian currently operates a total of 150 interisland flights
daily between the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii. To meet
immediate community needs in the wake of Aloha's collapse, Hawaiian
expanded its interisland flight schedule by flying a long-haul
Boeing 767-300 widebody aircraft between Honolulu and Maui as well
as by flying an additional 717 usually held in reserve as a 'spare'
aircraft to cover scheduled flying in the event of a delay.
Hawaiian will continue these operations until the additional 717
aircraft arrive to make sure that seats remain available for
"We're delighted to be able to support the expansion of
Hawaiian's 717 fleet as the airline responds to the community's air
travel needs," said Jordan Weltman, vice president, Americas
region, Boeing Capital Corporation.
Hawaiian also began recruiting flight crews and additional
ground staff to support its expanded interisland operations
immediately after Aloha's closure. To date, Hawaiian has hired 230
additional employees, a majority of whom are former Aloha
employees, and is seeking to fill an additional 160 positions,
including pilots, flight attendants, maintenance technicians,
contract service and line service positions.
"The performance of Hawaiian's employees during our rapid
expansion over the past two months has been nothing short of
phenomenal, and a true inspiration to me," Dunkerley said. "We all
know how important air transportation is to Hawaii, and their
dedication to our community has really shone through these past
several weeks. I want to publicly thank them for their remarkable
efforts and let everyone know that we have wasted no time in
recruiting more people to support our larger operation."
In addition to its fleet of 717s used in Hawaii, Hawaiian also
operates a fleet of 18 wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300
aircraft on 16 flights daily to 14 destinations outside Hawaii.