Hawaiian Airlines reported that it welcomed a record of 11,050,911 passengers in 2016, a 3.5% increase year over year, on a load factor of 84.3%. The airline also reported that in December 2016, the passengers increased by 2.5% YoY, on the load factor of 84.1%.
Hawaiian said that the record passenger count in 2016 marks 12 straight years of growth as the airline continues to expand its network and fleet.
In the summer of 2016, Hawaiian added one A330-200 aircraft, bringing the company's A330 fleet to 23, and took delivery of two Boeing B717-200s in November and December for a total of 20 of the aircraft type. The company also operates eight Boeing 767s on transpacific routes and three turboprop ATR-42 through its interisland subsidiary, 'Ohana by Hawaiian.
At the same time, the company announced its intention to early retire its fleet of Boeing 767 aircraft by the end of 2018 resulting in a non-cash impairment charge of approximately $45 - $50 million. In addition, the company completed an agreement with a third-party maintenance vendor for its Boeing 767 aircraft and expects to record an additional financial charge of approximately $21 million.
The airline now operates a fleet of 52 aircraft and serves Hawaii – US routes as well as flights to Asia-Pacific countries.