Honolulu - Hawaiian Airlines has canceled an order for six Airbus A330-800 and decided to buy 10 Boeing 787-9 instead. The was the only customer to place an order for the Airbus' new model.
Boeing was reportedly lobbying to convince Hawaiian Airlines to cancel its order for the A330neo and place a new one for the American manufacturer's 787-9.
Hawaiian Airlines has now canceled its order for six A330neo and agreed to order 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners worth up to $2.82 billion at list prices. The Honolulu-based carrier also stated that it had selected General Electric's GEnx engines to power its 787-9s.
The Dreamliner’s operational efficiency and superior guest experience make it the best aircraft for modernizing our fleet in 2021 and beyond,said Peter Ingram, president, and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.
Its expanded seat capacity and extended range will allow us to grow within our current route network and offer new destinations in the Asia-Pacific region,he added.
Although Hawaiian operates Boeing 717-200s on routes within the Island, its long-haul fleet is mostly Airbus, including 24 A330-200 and 16 A321neo ordered.
Although the scale of the order is relatively small compared to the orders coming from Asia and the Middle East, the order denotes a significant victory for Boeing against Airbus
Hawaiian can extend the order to up to 20 Dreamliner in the second quarter. The airline expects to receive its first 787-9 during the first quarter of 2021.
A330-800 could alternatively be marketed as Business Jet or for military use, according to some near Airbus management.