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Hawaiian moves A321neo service launch forward to December

Hawaiian Airlines has advanced its Airbus A321neo entry-into-service date to 19 December, when it plans to first deploy the aircraft type on three inter-islands routes, Hawaiian confirms.

The Honolulu-based airline previously said its new A321neos would enter service on 8 January 2018, but says the addition of December flights will allow for "crew familiarisation".

On 19 December, Honolulu-based Hawaiian will deploy A321neos on the Honolulu-Maui, Honolulu-Kona and Honolulu-Lihue routes, according to FlightGlobal Diio data.

The airline will deploy the type once daily on those routes through 21 December, and then deploy them again on the same routes between 26 December and the end of the year, Diio data shows.

The aircraft will fly again on 8 January 2018, the date that Hawaiian previously intended to begin A321neo revenue service. As planned, on that day the airline will begin flying the aircraft between Maui and Oakland, followed by flights between Maui and Portland on 18 January 2018.

On 11 April 2018, Hawaiian will place A321neos on its seasonal Lihue-Oakland route, which it formerly operated with Boeing 767-300ERs, and next summer it will deploy the aircraft between Kona and Los Angeles, the carrier says.

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