October 3, 2008

Hawaiian Airlines Adds First B717 to Inter-Island Fleet

Hawaiian Airlines has added the first of four Boeing 717-200 jets to its inter-island fleet to increase operating efficiency and improve its flight schedule for customers.

The other three jets will join the fleet, one per month, in the months of November and December in 2008, and January 2009, giving Hawaiian a total of 15 B717s for its inter-island service.

By the end of 2008, Hawaiian is expected to add 110 inter-island roundtrip flights per week to its current service schedule from Honolulu to the Neighbor Islands.

Adding the four B717s will also allow Hawaiian to replace its wide-body Boeing 767-300 currently being used for inter-island operations with more efficient B717 flights, and will restore a spare aircraft to both the B717 and B767 fleets. Hawaiian's B717 aircraft seats between 118 and 123 passengers, with eight seats in first class and the rest in coach.

Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, said: "We are committed to keeping passenger traffic moving between the islands as conveniently as possible and adding these four B717s will allow us to provide our customers with more flight choices."