Jet 'Maile" is first of 18
Hawaiian Airlines welcomed the first of 18 Airbus A321neo aircraft --one of its new fleet of single-aisle aircraft that will offer non-stop flights to more islands, starting with service to Kaua‘i, Maui, and the Kona Coast on the Island of Hawai‘i.
“Maile,” named after a vine native to Hawaii and traditionally used for lei making and celebrations, features a new livery featuring a silver maile lei wrapping around the fuselage as the carrier’s “Flower of the Sky” Pualani icon gazes forward from the tail of the aircraft. “Our new A321neos are ideal for our West Coast to Hawai‘i markets. They will bring Hawaiian’s unique blend of Hawaiian hospitality and industry leading operational performance to more travelers than ever,” said Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines. “As we welcome our A321neo fleet, some of our wide-body aircraft serving the U.S. West Coast will be deployed for further long-haul expansion.”
The first take-off is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2018 on the carrier’s existing Kahului-Oakland route. New A321neo service between Kahului and Portland will launch on Jan. 18. Hawaiian’s seasonal summer wide-body service currently offered between Līhu‘e and Oakland will resume April 11 as a daily A321neo flight. Daily service between Kona and Los Angeles launches March 11 with wide-body aircraft before converting to the A321neo in the summer. Click on www.hawaiianairlines.com for tickets to all routes operated by Hawaiian Airlines.
The mid-range 189 passenger A321neo aircraft provides 16 comfy recliners in Premium Class and 45 Extra Comfort economy seats. Cabins are adorned with textiles and other materials that homage to traditional Hawaiian crafts such as bark cloth (kapa) and fishing nets. Other details range from sand-inspired wall panels to Hawaiian language signage and LED mood-lighting that evokes images of Hawaii's sunrises and sunsets. There is also wireless streaming entertainment, USB outlets, and additional overhead stowage space.
“Airbus aims to further its customers’ goals for passenger and revenue growth, and market penetration by incorporating new technology and design into industry-leading models that deliver both a better passenger experience and economic efficiency,” said John Leahy, Airbus commercial chief operating officer-customers. “For a unique and discerning airline like Hawaiian, the A321neo delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and lower noise and carbon emissions, reducing the environmental impact.”
“We’ve been powering aircraft at Hawaiian since 1929 and we appreciate the continued confidence in Pratt & Whitney,” said Chris Calio, president, commercial engines at Pratt & Whitney. “From the Wasp-powered Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker to the PW4000-powered Boeing 767 to the GTF-powered A321neo, we’re honored to continue the tradition.”
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