Australians may be flying to Hawaii in brand new Boeing Dreamliners with the airline revealing plans to buy 10 new Boeing 787-9s for their medium and long-haul routes.
Of course we were curious, would these new planes be used on the Sydney and Brisbane to Hawaii routes which are currently serviced by A330-200 aircraft?
We put it to Hawaiian Airlines and a spokesperson came back with a relatively positive response.
“It’s too early to identify specific new routes, but we do intend to continue developing our route network in the Asia/Pacific region.”
“The new aircraft will be available to replace our A330-200 aircraft as needed and will also be able to take us to new destinations in the Asia/Pacific region,” the spokesperson told KARRYON this morning.
In any case, the airline has confirmed that the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will be Hawaiian Airlines’ flagship aircraft for medium to long-range flights thanks to their excellent fuel efficiency.
The fuel-efficient, lightweight planes are due for delivery starting 2021.
Passengers can expect a spacious wide-body cabin with extra-large windows.
Hawaiian will also be able to pressurise these Dreamliner cabins at a far lower altitude, creating a more comfortable in-cabin atmosphere.
Features will also include a quiet cabin, dimmable LED window shades, and larger overhead luggage bins.
Hawaiian has selected the General Electric GEnx engine to power the additions to its fleet.
“The Dreamliner combines excellent comfort for our guests with fantastic operational performance and will allow us to continue modernising our fleet into the next decade,” Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram said.
Hawaiian expects to finalise the current binding purchase agreements with Boeing ain the second quarter of this year.
The company will also begin negotiating inclusion of the new aircraft in its contracts with the Air Line Pilots Association and the Association of Flight Attendants, which is required prior to final approval of the purchase by the company’s Board of Directors.
What do you think of the new order? Do you think they the new aircraft would appeal to Aussies flying to Hawaii? Let us know.
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