12 MARCH 2018
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Boeing snapped up a significant new Dreamliner order last week after Hawaiian Airlines said it had chosen the B787 as its flagship for medium- to long-haul operations.
As part of the order, Hawaiian said it was acquiring 10 B787-9s valued at $2.82bn at list prices and also has purchase rights for 10 additional Dreamliners.
The news was greeted widely as a coup for Boeing by persuading Hawaiian away from the new Airbus A330neo. The airline operates a long-haul fleet mostly made up of the original A330s and another Airbus order had been expected.
Hawaiian, based in Honolulu, has been steadily growing its long-haul network connecting its home region with Asia and North America and said the Dreamliner would enable it to expand further with new Asia-Pacific destinations.
President and CEO Peter Ingram said: "The Dreamliner's operational efficiency and superior guest experience make it the best aircraft for modernising our fleet in 2021 and beyond."
Boeing said its competitive advantage was also enhanced by its Boeing Global Services subsidiary, with Hawaiian able to use BGS new-aircraft transition support services to ensure a successful and on-time entry into service.
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