Hawaiian Airlines has ordered two additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, bringing the airline’s firm order of the type to 12.
Hawaiian and Boeing have also agreed to defer delivery of 10 787s that were ordered in 2018, according to a 4 January 8-K filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The first of those was originally scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2022. Now, the first aircraft is scheduled to arrive in the fleet in Honolulu during the fourth quarter of 2023, with three more to follow in 2024. The deliveries will continue into 2027.
The filing did not include financial details of the additional aircraft.
Hawaiian’s 2018 order represented a shift in the airline’s widebody strategy, as it canceled its previous order for six Airbus A330s.
“The Dreamliner’s excellent fuel efficiency makes the 787-9 an ideal choice for Hawaiian’s long haul Asia/Pacific and North America routes,” the airline said at the time.
Hawaiian notes in the 4 January filing that the delivery dates are subject to change based on “various potential factors, including production delays by the manufacturer”. Boeing has struggled to meet delivery targets, particularly with its beleaguered 737 Max programme.
Still rebuilding its international network amid its pandemic recovery, Hawaiian posted a $9.3 million loss in the third quarter of 2022.
The carrier operates 24 A330-200s, 17 A321neos and 17 Boeing 717s, according to Cirium fleets data.
In late 2023, Hawaiian is scheduled to begin flying the first of at least 10 Airbus A330-300 freighters for Amazon. The airline, which disclosed the wide-ranging partnership with Amazon subsidiary Amazon.com Services last year, also says it will open a new US-mainland crew base to support the operation.