Hawaiian plans expansion with 16-plane Airbus purchase and hiring spree
Hawaiian Airlines arriving from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on it's delivery flight. Andrew W. Sieber / Flickr
Hawaiian is building on its four-year international expansion, which is expected to lead to fatter profit margins and increase the airline’s competitiveness within the U.S. airline industry.
Hawaiian says the deal comes after the airline reached key labor agreements with its pilot and flight attendant unions on the new single-aisle A321neo planes.
The planes each seat about 190 passengers.
Plans calls for the acquisition to take place between 2017 and 2020. The deal includes rights to nine additional planes.
The Honolulu-based airline plans to add 1,000 jobs in the expansion.
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