Hawaiian and Airbus firm A321neo order

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Hawaiian Airlines firmed up its order for up to 25 Airbus A321neos today.

The Honolulu-based carrier has firm orders for 16 of the type with deliveries from 2017 to 2020, as well as purchase rights for an additional nine, under the agreement that it finalised with Airbus. The full order is valued at $2.8 billion at list prices.

Hawaiian will receive three A321neos in 2017, six in both 2018 and 2019, and one in 2020, according to a stock exchange filing today.

Mark Dunkerley, chief executive of Hawaiian, told Flightglobal in January that the airline plans to use the aircraft for flights between Hawaii and the US west coast, especially from smaller markets in the islands such as Hilo, Kona and Lihue.

Hawaiian and Airbus inked a memorandum of understanding for the A321neos in January, with the understanding that the carrier needed approval from its employee groups before it could finalise the order.

The airline's flight attendants ratified a contract allowing for the aircraft in February and its pilots ratified a similar contract in January.