Hawaiian Airlines receives its first U.S.-produced A321neo
Hawaiian Airlines on June 11, 2018, took delivery of its first U.S.-produced A321neo aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. It is also Airbus’ first U.S.-delivered new engine option (NEO) aircraft from the only Airbus’ facility in the U.S. This was a milestone delivery for the European plane maker. But how about those Airbus and Boeing orders by Hawaiian?
Speaking on the occasion, Bob Lekites, Executive Vice President-Customers at Airbus Americas, said that, “Hawaiian has recognized the Airbus commitment to innovation and we could not be more proud to deliver on this promise to them with our first U.S.-manufactured A321neo aircraft.”
Meanwhile, Jon Snook, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Hawaiian Airlines, praised the delivery of the aircraft. “The A321neo is the ideal aircraft for us… as we grow our western U.S. network and provide greater access to our entire island chain,” he remarked, adding that, “We look forward to more deliveries from Mobile.”
Hawaiian currently offers daily non-stop flights on the A321neo single-aisle jetliner from Portland, Oregon, and Long Beach, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii. The carrier will announce additional A321neo routes between the U.S. West Coast and the Hawaiian Islands as it welcomes a total of 18 aircraft through 2020.
The carrier’s Airbus fleet currently consists of 24 A330-200s and several A321neos. These have been assembled at the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France. The airline also operates Boeing 767s and 717s, as well as ATR 42-500 jets. By the way, in March 2018, Hawaiian Airlines announced an order of 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in a deal worth $2.82 billion, with an option for 10 more. At the same time, the Honolulu-based airline cancelled its previous order of six Airbus A330-800neos.
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