Hawaiian Airlines says to order 16 Airbus A321neo aircraft

7th January 2013, Comments 0 comments

Hawaiian Airlines said Monday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to acquire 16 A321neo aircraft with a catalogue price of $1.8 billion (1.4 billion euros).

The airline said its planes would be delivered from 2017 through 2020 and that the memorandum includes options for an additional nine jets that would take the value of the deal to $2.8 billion.

Hawaiian Airlines said the acquisition of the fuel-efficient aircraft would help secure its competitiveness on the route to the US mainland.

"Everyone at Hawaiian wants us to keep our position as the market leader in service quality, cost efficiency and choice of destinations," Hawaiian Airlines chief executive Mark Dunkerley said in a statement.

"Ordering the A321neo will secure this legacy on routes to the US West Coast beyond the middle of this decade," he added.

The neo versions of the A320 and A321 single aisle aircraft, due to come into service in 2015, are expected to offer fuel savings of 15 percent compared with current models due to new engines and aerodynamic wing modifications.

Hawaiian Airlines currently operates a fleet of 43 aircraft.

© 2013 AFP

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