Tue, Feb 05, 2008
Includes Six A350XWB-800s, Rights On Six More
On Monday, Hawaiian
Airlines announced it recently signed a definitive purchase
agreement with Airbus to acquire 12 new long-range widebody
aircraft and secure purchase rights for an additional 12 aircraft.
The signing comes after the airline reached agreements with its
pilot and flight attendant unions on the introduction of new
aircraft -- which had threatened to nix the deal, as ANN reported.
Airline officials say the transaction -- which follows a
Memorandum of Understanding announced in November 2007 -- is the
first step in a phased fleet plan designed to replace Hawaiian's
current widebody fleet of 18 aircraft, expand its long-range fleet,
and enable it to open new routes to more distant markets on a
nonstop basis from Hawaii.
Under the agreement, Hawaiian will acquire six widebody A330-200
aircraft and six A350XWB-800s, and purchase rights for an
additional six A330-200s and six A350XWB-800s. The agreement has a
total list-price value of approximately $4.4 billion if all of the
purchase rights are exercised.
President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said the company will also move
to secure additional aircraft in the leasing market for entry into
service between 2009 and 2012.
"One of the key
features of our fleet plan and the transaction we structured with
Airbus is flexibility. With some aircraft purchased, some to be
leased and having options for others, Hawaiian will be able to
scale its fleet according to needs and opportunities over the next
two decades," Dunkerley said. "This investment sets Hawaiian on
course for future growth built on a renewed and expanded aircraft
fleet and with the capability to fly nonstop between Hawaii and
virtually any major visitor market in the world.
The Purchase Agreement provides for delivery of two A330-200
aircraft in calendar 2012; three A330-200 aircraft in calendar
2013; one A330-200 aircraft in calendar 2014; two A350XWB-800
aircraft in calendar 2017; two A350XWB-800 aircraft in calendar
2018; one A350XWB-800 aircraft in calendar 2019; and one
A350XWB-800 aircraft in calendar 2020.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
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