Friday, October 19, 2012

Hawaiian Airlines to commence turboprop operations

Hawaiian Airlines, the leading airline of Hawaii, will launch turboprop operations an the islands soon. Two ATR 42 are schedueled to be added to the fleet, which nowadays consists of Boeing 717, Boeing 767 and Airbus A330. The first ATR 42 is already on delivery. The aircraft previously operated for CSA Czech Airlines. The second ATR 42 is expected to be an former CSA-aircraft too, but until now, this not have been confirmed.

Hawaiian Airlines will operate new services between the airlines in competition with Island Air. Island Air operated three Q100 and one Saab 340. It is surprising, that Hawaiian did not acquire the competitive carrier instead of add new planes. This would have the advantage, that there would be no competition between the airlines. This is expected to result in lower fares for both airlines. Bot however Hawaiian Airlines decided to expand with new aircraft.

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