Hawaiian Airlines announced March 6 it intends to purchase 10 Boeing 787-9s with options for 10 additional aircraft, a deal valued at $5.4 billion at current list prices if all purchase rights are exercised. Hawaiian selected General Electric GEnx engines for the new aircraft; deliveries will begin the first quarter of 2021.

Hawaiian said its selection of the 787-9 came after a competitive bid process that also included the Airbus A330-900.

“We were in the enviable position of choosing between two outstanding models for our flagship aircraft of the future,” Hawaiian president and CEO Peter Ingram said, ultimately choosing the Dreamliner as “the best aircraft for modernizing our fleet in 2021 and beyond … its expanded seat capacity and extended range will allow us to expand within our current route network and [to] new destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.”

The purchase of the new aircraft is in LOI phase at present; Hawaiian expects to finalize binding purchase agreements with Boeing and GE in the second quarter of 2018.

Hawaiian indicated it will also begin negotiating inclusion of the new 787-9s in its contracts with the Air Line Pilots Association and the Association of Flight Attendants, which Hawaiian said is require prior to final approval of the purchase by its board of directors.

Hawaiian current mainline fleet comprises 24 Airbus A330-200s, two A321neos, eight Boeing 767 widebodies and 20 717 narrowbody aircraft. Hawaiian has an additional 16 A321neos on order, the delivery of which has been plagued by issues related to the aircraft’s Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines. Hawaiian is intending to use the A321neos on its network between Hawaii and the US mainland.  Pratt has developed a fix that is expected to enable GTF-powered A320neo family deliveries to resume in April.

Mark Nensel mark.nensel@informa.com