Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Hawaiian Airlines have announced that the carrier has selected the market-leading 787 Dreamliner as its flagship airplane for medium to long-haul flights, the company said.
As part of the selection, Hawaiian intends to purchase 10 787-9 jets valued at USD 2.82 billion at list prices. Hawaiian also has purchase rights for 10 additional 787s.
The Honolulu-based airline, which has steadily grown its award-winning service connecting the Hawaiian Islands with Asia and North America, had been conducting an extensive evaluation of its airplane requirements. In selecting the 787, Hawaiian will be able to take advantage of the Dreamliner family´s superior fuel efficiency, range and passenger-pleasing features to enhance its operations and open new routes profitably. Boeing´s competitive advantage was also enhanced by Boeing Global Services. Hawaiian will use a number of new aircraft transition support services from BGS, including Training and Initial Provisioning to ensure a successful and on-time entry into service.
The 787-9 can carry about 290 passengers on flights of about 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km), while using 20 percent less fuel and emitting 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.
The 787 is the fastest selling twin-aisle airplane in Boeing history. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family is flying more than 1,500 routes and has made possible more than 170 new nonstop routes around the world.