07 January 2013

Hawaiian Orders 16 A321NEOs

Hawaiian Airlines announced early this morning, that they have placed an order for 16 Airbus A321NEOs, along with options for nine more. This order, with the first models expected to be delivered in 2017, will give the airline a medium-range single-aisle option for West Coast routes, to compliment their wide-body fleet. The delivery of the first A321NEO will the same year Hawaiian expects to take delivery of their first (of six) A350-800XWB.

The NEO, or New Engine Option version, gives the A321 a range of over 3,600 miles, and Hawaiian the opportunity to explore new routes on the US mainland. When compared to a current A321-200, the range of an A321NEO is 1,000 nautical miles more than the current model; and this is with a similar two-class cabin layout that Hawaiian is opting for. The airline has yet to select which engine, the CFM International Leap-X or the Pratt & Whitney PW1400G/PW1500G, it will go with on their A321NEOs. The NEOs also feature the new "sharklet" blended winglet (as seen above).

By the time 2020 rolls around, the Hawaiian Airlines fleet will 22 A330-243s, six A350-800s, 16+ A321NEOs, 18 717-200s, and two ATR42s. As more A330s come online, the 767-300s will be phased out, beginning with the leased ones.

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

Mahalo to Hawaiian Airlines for the artist rendition of what their A321NEO will look like.


Anonymous said...

As much as I like Hawaiian Airlines, I am disappointed at the purchase of more foreign aircraft when there are fully competitive, if not better US built products available.

BillS said...

Agreed! Even if BA offers slightly less performance, capability, etc., a US airline should support 'local'. Isn't that what is commonly heard throughout the islands... buy local?