Hawaiian Airlines is adding two Boeing 717 aircraft to its fleet, providing added flexibility for guests flying between the Hawaiian Islands.
With the 717s, Hawaiian’s inter-island network of 160 daily flights will be enhanced; in addition, the aircraft will help the company add passenger capacity during peak travel periods such as holidays. The addition also will meet a growing demand for mid-day connections.
“Hawaiian already offers the most comprehensive and convenient schedule connecting the islands of our state,” said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian’s chief commercial officer. “These additional aircraft will allow us to enhance these options and better serve the travel needs of kama’aina and visitors for years to come.”
The aircraft, which seat 128 passengers in a 2-3 main cabin configuration, will enter Hawaiian’s network after being retrofitted and adorned with Hawaiian’s Pualani livery. The aircraft, which are on a six-year lease, were previously operated by Volotea, a Spanish carrier.
Hawaiian Airlines continues the practice of naming its B717s after native birds; the aircraft will be named Koa’e Kea (white-tailed tropic bird) and ‘Akiapola`au (a Hawaiian honeycreeper).
The new planes, which will bring Hawaiian’s B717 fleet to 20 aircraft, will enter service by early 2017.
Photo of Hawaiian Airlines 717 at Kahului Airport in 2009: FRED/Wikimedia Commons